March 2015 - Greenwich Pantry Blog
30 Mar

Spring is Here! A Supper-ing is Here!

After the clocks officially sprung forward, I felt strangely revitalised this morning despite loosing an hour of precious beautiful sleep yesterday.

 

I didn’t even notice that I worked overtime last night as the day drew on into night later and lighter. So this morning, with my house bathed in spring light anew, during my morning routine, I noticed more.
Whilst noticing a bluer sky in light of a high-rise demolition next door. I also noticed more dust in the corners of the skirting boards, oh and more cobwebs around lampshades then in my kitchen cupboards, tatty packets and zipped up unloved ingredients that have gone unused. Oh my! Time for a Spring clean around the home and also in the kitchen.

 

Oh my poor boring porridge, I pondered.
The coconut milk, sat sad at the back of the pantry.
That’s it. This lunchtime I am going to look at ways of spicing things up for Spring suppers, livening up lunches and decluttering cupboards to welcome Spring right into my kitchen.

 

With freshly cut daffodils on the kitchen side, I am firstly going to don the marigolds and get the place scrubbed up.
Nothing beats a fresh zesty spray like this one from greenscents
With Exmoor Water, Fair-Trade essential citrus oils, has Soil Association organic certification, it’s just the ticket for prepping and degreasing with no nasty harmful chemicals.
Greenscents Citrus Multi-surface spray. You'll surface from the kitchen a new person.

Greenscents Citrus Multi-surface spray. You’ll surface from the kitchen a new person.

With that, begone tatty Tea towels!
Gorgeous and helpful designs by Stuart Gardiner are just the thing to dry dishes and keep you in mind of the season springing up before us and what’s fresh and delicious right now.
A Seasonal Guide to British Fruit and Veg

A Seasonal Guide to British Fruit and Veg

 

You’re right. It’s also high time, high tea gets served on something spectacular;  like these perfectly pretty trays from Rice DK. 
High Time for a nice High Tea Tray, isn't it.

High Time for a nice new High-Tea Tray, isn’t it.

 

So what about cleaning our cupboards, revitalising our recipes?
I’m going to have a chat to Lara about The Greenwich Pantry Makeover service and also find out from our competition winners Hannah and Jade, who both won the opportunity to have a fantastic Pantry Makeover, what they switched to spring clean their ideas on eating with more authentic gourmet inspired treats.

 

If you’re interested in trying to make-over your pantry yourself, then daffodils aren’t the only thing popping up in Greenwich; The Greenwich Pantry Pop-Up shop is back! 

 

Pick Lara’s brains whilst picking up some inspiring authentic food at Greenwich West from Thursday 30th April until Saturday 2nd May.
There are tickets to this weekend long event on EventBrite and which cost £5 and is fully redeemable against  Greenwich Pantry treats and speaking of brains, each ticket will donate a pound to local Greenwich based charity The Mental Health Activity Trust. So we can feed our minds and our stomachs whilst sharing the love in Greenwich.

 

I can’t wait to see you there!

 

In the meantime, here’s a funny Tom Lehrer video about Spring.

 

P.S I love pigeons and to add to that; Greenwich Pantry also loves the Vegetarian Society (Vegetarian week is coming on the 18th-24th May), Fish4Ever and BigBarn.co.uk with many of our friends campaigning for healthy and respectful animal husbandry.

 

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16 Mar

Mother knows best.

Crossing town yesterday required skills as intrepid as Bear Grylls.
In every direction I had to brush through crowds clutching incredible huge bouquets, some people arms laden with floral glades. I also had to bear with baskets of orchids in my face as they equated the space of another passenger, on already quite busy train carriages transporting sons and daughters, making it home for Mother’s Day.

 

I hope all of you lucky Mums out there enjoyed being treated and spoiled.

 

With such lovely things from the Greenwich Pantry, we can continue our appreciation for our Mothers on more than just one day a year. Some of our favourite products here at Greenwich Pantry do just that all year round.

 

Granny’s Secret traditional recipes are full of ​rare fruit, have no additives and are 100% Natural, vegan, gluten and dairy free. Granny’s simple and delicious ancient Balkan recipes have also been passed down from Mother to Mother.
Some of my favourite Extra Fruit Jams are not just full of sunshine, but a Mother’s extra love.

 

Now in celebration of Mother’s day and all things sweet and lovely, I must congratulate a few of my dear friends who’ve newly joined the pudding club; for whom the stork is going to be a busy bird in a few months and I’m only too happy to cater to my Mama to-be mates and their favourite cravings.

 

So far, my baby shower gift bags have got to contain plenty of Gourmet Granola (apparently a food that quenches thirst and satisfies a sweet tooth without reaching for candy, all whilst offering a cathartic crunch).
Then for the ones on cloud nine, there is the hopelessly romantic and delicious sin free snack: Emily Fruit Crisps.

 

For the new Mums out there, (for Mums of any age really) for a quick fix to harness that beautiful glow, there’s delicious Argan Skin Rescue from Nourish. This will help keep skin luscious. Its properties help with skin tone unevenness, restores distressed skin and brings back skin’s balance when you most need it.

 

So a big thank you to all of the Mothers that made us eat our greens and thank you so much to all of the inspirational Mothers out there for starting us on our adventures with food; for making us try new things and for helping us hone our cooking skills (although we’ll always love your version of things even if we think we know better now).

 

Ok, Mother knows best.

 

x Joyce
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09 Mar

There’s No Need to Hop About as Mad as a March Hare!

Here’s hoping you all had a Happy International Women’s Day! Lest we let the momentum fade. I toasted the day whilst following up on our world’s celebrated women and cheered female triumphs via social media. I mainly caught up on errands preparing for the new week ahead and, of my own volition; one of my favourite pastimes of course, spent the best part of the day preparing food in the Kitchen.

However I felt I could exhale a big sigh of relief whilst I reduced my gravy having read Rosamund Urwin’s interview with Adrianna Huffington in Fridays’s Evening Standard.

‘La Huff’ claims: “There are those working around the clock and those who’ve recognised the dangers of that”. 

She goes on to advise in the article: “You can complete a project by dropping it”.

What? Hooray! I thought, as I abandoned a few commitments on the to do list in my mind and focused on smashing some celeriac into puree. Huffy, claims “women find it hard to abandon projects, reading books even”.

What ever the idea, she and Idina Menzel advise; “Let it go”.

However, this is somewhat a counter intuitive to the last Huffington post schedule I read which almost caused me to dizzily spin on the spot:  How to have the perfect workday.

Read it and if you’re not agitated by the exercise routine, conscious of the realistic commuting time suggested and overawed by the eating-prep time then you’re certainly winning. Or are you?

It reminds me of a conversation I had with our Pantry Proprietress, Lara. She says, “we in modern day times suffer terribly from a Hurry Sickness”.

It’s true, there’s always some target to reach, a destination to get to, all whilst not putting ourselves first and it’s all of course set against the clock jeopardising our heath and happiness. Where’s the time for fun in food, supposed to fit into that routine?

Lara, laments: “In the face of hardships and busy lives, we shouldn’t punish ourselves making food the enemy. I want to cultivate a relationship on how not to alienate yourself from food. Small changes can make big differences, so experiment and explore”. 

I couldn’t agree more. Although I’m often guilty of taking myself on a guilt trip, it’s all really about balance and enjoyment. With the Summer months on the horizon as the days draw in later, the influx of health and diet articles flood exponentially into my inbox heightening my awareness of the latest fad.

The main point, Lara emboldens; “There are 7 Days in a week. I understand 50% of the time you’re busy or don’t feel like doing anything. So (in that time) set aside a time to plan meals”. 

However, where our day to day routines have allowed this Hurry Sickness to creep in, this is where the Greenwich Pantry comes in. “It’s about Planning, with a capital P! “, Lara enthuses.

“When you’re on a Journey, you need a map, think about shopping for food and preparing your food- like having a food map. You have to be organised, you have to have a shopping list. A meal plan.  Whilst running your own home, your own life, when all else is up in the air you can decide, ‘this is what I’m going to eat’. It’s about buying the right things to begin with”. 

So for a fresh start, it’ll be soon time to think about spring cleaning, a new wardrobe perhaps, time for opening the windows to the world to let in the fresh spring air. Invite in change, more colour and more excitement for the longer days to come and a great time to think about Make-overs ideas. Usually we think of sprucing up our home decor or appearances, but what about a make-over for your pantry?

Lara wants you to liberate yourself, she wants you to enjoy the difference it brings you.

“Next time you’re on a mission whilst food shopping, think about one thing that you could improve on to invite exciting change beneficial to your health and happiness. For instance, the next time you pick something from the shelf, perhaps from the (online) cereal aisle, think, instead I’m going to try ‘Product X’.  Or if you’re thinking ‘this month I’m going Naturopathic/ Pescatarian’ or are perhaps spicing things up with new flavours; think that the choices you are making are a way to enjoy life through the medium of good food”.  

Lara wants to get the benefits of aspirational eating across and help people find shared interests in food groups, amongst new or old friends and within our families.

So, the next time you come over all vague stalking the fridge for the umpteenth time, perhaps take a moment to plan some meals, get your family or housemates involved. Matchmake what you have with exciting things that you have missing with Lara’s Pantry List. It’s a great idea for a budget night in, get friends round and plan your Pantry.

Now instead of running around, as mad as a March hare, I am going to take it easy and stop having nightmares about dream schedules and I suggest you do too. If La Huff can, you can! So, incorporating Lara’s sterling time and money saving advice to plan meals, here are a few of my top tips:

For a good morning, have breakfast! No time? Grab something to have on the go. Prepare breakie the night before, or my favourite, have breakfast for dinner with my eat cheat-Ayvar. You’d be hopping mad not to.

Take it easy,

x Joyce.

 

Bonallack Bircher Muesli

Bonallack Bircher Muesli

 

 

 

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03 Mar

It’s time to give Mum a colourtastic gift

Let’s celebrate great Mums in the month of March with a special gift from GP.

With our range of foodie gifts and kitchen wares, you’ll find something Mum would love on Mother’s Day.

If you’re stuck for ideas why not buy a GP voucher worth £50.00 and we’ll give you a free gift for mum from our range of Granny’s Secret Condiments. She’ll be delighted to have the gift as a breakfast or dinner treat on Mother’s Day. You can use our discount code: GP4MUM throughout the month of March but don’t forget Mother’s Day is actually on the 15th!

GP vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be used on any GP services or within the online shop. However it is not valid on third party sites.

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