Sustainably spice up your Autumn festivities
Wrapped up warm and braving the frosting autumn evening air, many of us will trudge to rugby clubs, pubs and local community events to celebrate the occasion this year.
The start of a cold winter, Guy Fawkes night is usually accompanied by warming hot chocolate, melty marshmallows on sticks, hot dogs with lashings of mustard, toffee apples and spiced pumpkin muffins. So, is there something you can do this year to make your Bonfire Night a little lower on its impact on the environment?
Use real powdered chocolate for your hot choc. Nestle have managed to begin sourcing 100% of their cocoa beans from sustainable sources. Sustainability for Nestle means Better Farming, Better Plants, Better Schools which is definitely a step in the right direction.
Alternatively, check out Cavalier chocolate for something a little healthier https://bit.ly/2CnKsRs who use Stevia instead of sugar or if you are looking for an indigent local alternative – Zara’s Chocolate based in south Bristol offers beautifully handmade stir in chocolate sticks. https://bit.ly/2J0vQZw
‘Bangers’, make your own or buy organic, locally produced artisan sausages.
Sizzling, popping and delicious. Most supermarket sausages are made from left overs, fillers and modifiers which don’t sound very appealing, so why not swap quality for quantity when it’s really simple to make your own. Try making little sausage patties… Be creative, and give a recipe from Heck a go and add different flavours and spices. Have some fun with the children making them after school before you wrap up and bundle out the door, off to the Bonfire.
Even if you don’t have time this year then pop to your local butcher and spend the extra pennies to buy some proper, tasty, British meat filled sausages.
Pumpkins…. A bit like Marmite. You either love it or hate it.
Did you know that over 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh is wasted in the UK each year around Halloween?
But pumpkin is also ranked as one of Autumn’s most nutritious foods having almost twice the beta carotene of spinach. It contains lots of Vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants and 1 cup of pumpkin puree only contains 49 calories too.
The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit has some great ideas to try with pumpkin, like Pumpkins and Toadstools – a fairy tale combo… using tasty mushrooms. Try Pumpkin and bacon - The sweet-saltiness is fantastic.
“I tested out some pumpkin recipes this week Pumpkin Almond Biscuits with dark choc chips … delicious. Roast Pumpkin, Quinoa and roast garlic dressing on Halloumi. An easy, deliciously wintery supper on a chilly winter evening after an open water swim! M