This gingerbread went down well with family avoiding dairy and eggs due to a food intolerance. Caryn has shared this Nigella Lawson recipe with a number of friends who all had a go and enjoyed the results. Works well as a cake and would also make a great pudding.
As you can see from the cover of ‘The Bean Book’ by Rose Elliot, it is a well used book with many delicious recipes. Caryn often makes this red lentil and tomato sauce as it goes well with mashed potato or pasta.
Here are some ideas gathered together, on a Pinterest board, for Christmas decorations that can be made by recycling waste.
Kate has had a go at making the ‘gingerbread’ decorations and Christmas card baubles. She has also made the gnomes from old jumpers and scrap fabric stuffed with filling from old pillows.
One of Caroline’s favourite soups
3 large broccoli heads with stalks and florets separated
1 small leek chopped (use all of it)
1 litre vegetable stock (eg marigold or kallo)
extra virgin oil
pinch of smoked paprika
large handful of leafy greens (eg spinach or kale)
1 tsp grated ginger
200 mls plant milk
spring onion green tops and leftover peas
- Cut the broccoli stalks and florets into 5 cm pieces.
- Bring a saucepan of water to the boil then drop in the broccoli stems, florets and leek.
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the veg from the water but keep the water to add to the stock (which preserves the nutrients).
- Make up the stock water to one litre and add the stock powder/cube and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Put cooked broccoli and leek in a blender with a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
- Add the warm veg stock, leafy greens and ginger, blend until smooth and creamy.
- Slowly add the milk on a low speed.
- Serve topped with spring onion tops and leftover peas, and wholemeal bread.
The theme for our online monthly meeting, on Tuesday 15th December starting at 7.30pm, is planting trees.
There will be a variety of short presentations including tree planting in Stokesley, Hutton Rudby and Ingleby Greenhow and input from a local resident who is lucky enough to be planting his own wood and another who has developed a forest garden. There will be information about funding for planting trees and a discussion about finding suitable land, which trees might be appropriate to plant and managing the planting afterwards.
Finally, as a reminder why we should look after the trees we have we will look at the ongoing Ancient Tree Inventory, an initiative which records the ancient and old trees across the country. Some very local trees will be used as examples.
Our latest group update including a final reminder to ask you to sign our letter, if you haven’t already done, to show our MP that a lot of his constituents are asking for a green recovery plan from the coronavirus pandemic.
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