Recipes, Tips & Tricks

Green Tomatoes: how to make the most of unripened crop.

Debbie Groom

Green Tomatoes: how to make the most of unripened crop.

Green tomatoes aren't something we see often, unless in the garden or allotment. Supermarkets almost exclusively sell perfectly ripened fruits and we tend not to see the crops that never ripen due the sudden changes in temperature and season. A green tomato is firm to the touch and has a more tart flavour than the usual red tomato, and a crop of unripe tomatoes can quite often be wasted rather than used due to unfamiliarity. So what be done with green tomatoes? Well we've all heard of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It's the go...

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Cheap and easy meals to try this winter...

Debbie Groom

Cheap and easy meals to try this winter...

If you are finding your money stretched a little thin recently, what with pretty much everything being eye waveringly expensive these days, cheap and filling meals are a good way to save the pennies. We have some great products in store that are comparatively cheaper than the major supermarkets; such as our herbs and spices. For example here's a comparison of mixed herbs from Sainburys, Tesco and ourselves;   Sainsburys own brand jar of mixed herbs: 95p for 14g Tesco own brand jar of mixed herbs: 89p for 14g (sold in 18g jars at £1.15) Just Footprints loose mixed herbs:...

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Plastic Free July

Debbie Groom

Plastic Free July

Plastic pollution kills millions of animals every year and negatively impacts the natural habitats of thousands of species. According to Surfers Against Sewage facts and figures "There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes." Considering plastics like these are estimated to take 400+ years to break down, it's clear we are faced with a mammoth task, not just in our generation but for many yet to come. This information can be very overwhelming, and individuals can find it daunting, believing their action alone won't make an  impact. It's for this...

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Quick guide to Kohlrabi

Debbie Groom

Quick guide to Kohlrabi

Have you noticed the newest addition to our Chester store? We've teamed up with Cheshire Market Gardens to bring you freshly picked, seasonal, produce every Friday. So far we have had spring onions, baby rainbow beetroots, mange tout, salad leaves and more. This week we managed to get our hands on some beautiful purple kohlrabi. If you have never had the pleasure of meeting the kohlrabi allow us to introduce you, they can look a little strange and intimidating at first, but they are a joy once you get to know them. We've put together this quick guide to getting...

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Turkish Bulgar Wheat Salad

Debbie Groom

Turkish Bulgar Wheat Salad

 Bulgar Wheat is made from cracked parboiled whole grains of wheat. You can find it in varying types of coarseness, from super fine to large chunky grains. As it is parboiled during production it's super easy to cook and finer versions only need soaking in just boiled water. For coarse versions you can still soak the bulgar wheat but it will take a lot longer and I like to cover with hot water, simmer for 5-8 minutes then cover and turn off the heat and leave to soak for 10 minutes or until the bulgar wheat is tender.  You can...

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