With my constant quest for variety in fruit and all this talk of nostalgia at GP, I’m getting a thing for Damson with its rich bitter-sweet adult taste. Delicious as jam with a warm crusty bread during autumnal mornings, what’s not to love?
Autumn is a great season for many nutritious, colourful fruits and vegetables which have a myriad of uses but damson (as well as quince) are ones that escape the mind. This is hardly surprising as main stream supermarkets don’t sell damson and most people know little about it.
I’ve been doing my own research about this small dark purple fruit and here’s a few interesting things I discovered about Damson
Damson is best in early autumn; having been planted in summer
Damson is great for heart health; high in antioxidants
Damson is great for digestive health; high in fibre
Damson is great for culinary purposes for making jams, cordials and much more.
I’d just like to introduce myself to you all (properly), I’m Joyce.
Perhaps you’ve read about my travels whilst I’ve been defying the end of Summer, or you may have seen snippets of my writing recently retweeted by my new foodie soul-sister, Lara from @GreenwichPantry where I’m very grateful to be on board as guest blogger.
I’ll be reviewing what The Greenwich Pantry has to offer and I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts and musing on my favourite things about food.
I’ll be posting reviews on The Greenwich Pantry shopping pages, but I’d love to see what you think of the products too?
I like eating at restaurants, but not as much as I love cooking at home. I like alliteration but not litterbugs and it bugs me if a plate gets taken from my restaurant table before the last person at the table has finished eating.
Having recently changed jobs I recently plucked up the courage to put ‘I’m a keen Food Blogger’ on my CV, you know the bit where you put ‘other interests’ and after a string of recent interviews, I got a new job. Hooray, but in the ‘chat’ bit of one interview, just as we got to the question; “So Joyce what are your interests out when you’re not working” (I’m always working) but the interviewer chimed in and said, “Don’t worry actually, so long as you’re not one of these people that takes pictures of your food and blogs about your breakfast…” Gulp. (Cue my mind Insta-montage of runny eggsplotions and cake close ups, simmering dumplings in stew and #bakefails galore, oh my!)
The interviewer obviously hadn’t read all of my CV, but whilst in mid mind montage, I’m sure my face said it all. “It’s not all food” I piped up to reassure, “some of it’s of my Cat”.
Alas, I didn’t get that job.
Admittedly to you all and I think I’m in good company, that is exactly what I do. I photograph my food, turn my bad restaurant experiences into memorable narratives and well, I just love all things about eating. Whether it’s at home or on the town I’d love to share my stories and reviews with you. If you’d like to read more, I like to Yelp about things and I recently made #ROTD(Review of the Day) for the second time this yearalong with the Weekly Yelp too.
Sometimes it feels like time is literally against us with little time to get things done. Thankfully those days don’t come around too often but If you are like me, when they come, its a struggle.
Keeping a list of things of things I need handy and up to date keeps me organised, makes shopping easier and cooking more pleasant. If paper and pen is not your thing, smart phone apps may work – whichever method you choose, you’ll only get results if you do it.
So if you want to win the battle, here’s what I recommend:
Plan your meals
Start by making a list of all the food you love to eat. I mean everything; even the sweet things. Plan when you want to eat around what you have in the pantry.
Check out my pantry list and shopping tips.
Keep good food in your pantry
You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel, use shortcuts. Keep good quality ‘tins and things’ cooked or preserved foods somewhere in your pantry. Look out for healthy sauces that contain little salt and sugar if you want to cut down. Adapt sauces to suit your taste buds using herbs and spices.
Get friends and family on board
If you can’t get them cooking, get them prepping and chopping; a relaxation tool we often forget about. If you live with lots of people, keep a rota. That way, everyone gets a chance to cook and shine.
Can’t cook won’t cook?
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This year I was determined to see autumn arrive. I prepared carefully, picked up a new coat and cleaned up my boots.
Sarah and I set out to work on a new riceboutique menu. We met new suppliers and Joyce is testing out new products for the shop. I feel ready and raring to go.
So when I looked out of the window this morning, there it was. Autumn had indeed arrived. A new day with its own cool fresh breeze. The trees were ready too and the leaves with deep red colours lined the pathway everywhere I looked.
So what now?
Autumn is welcome at Greenwich Pantry.
Our cupboards are filling with autumnal stuff, at cookery sessions we’ll say hello to seasonal food and riceboutique is emerging with a new menu.
Autumn will certainly be cold and breezy, but autumn will be busy.
I hope to see you on 29th November, enjoying a foodie treat at our Saturday shop or shopping for Christmas gifts for the family.