Everyone who knows me is aware of my hatred and loathing of supermarkets, and their row upon row of perfectly packaged meat and vegetables. However, if every one was like Eataly, then I would change my views in an instant!
You’ll remember that last month, I gave you some tips about how to give your chilli seeds the best chance of germinating, and starting to grow into big healthy chilli plants.
One of the many things I love about Italy is that there seems to a food festival almost every week. So, when I spotted a festival celebrating chocolate just down the road from me, I all but packed my tent so I could be first in the queue.
My crusade for the new year is get everyone growing their own fruit and veg. I know that everyone is not lucky enough to have an allotment, a garden or even a patio. Now that I have moved to Italy, I only have a balcony where I will use every available space to grow things!
However, you can still grow your own food in even the smallest space, which is why I came up with the idea for my campaign – “Grow One Pot.” I want everyone to make a pledge to grow one thing this year and tell me what it is by leaving a comment below, and tweeting about it using the hashtag ‘#growonepot’
Even in the dark days of winter you can make a start on your garden by growing your own chillies.
If you haven’t already planted your chillies, now is the best time to start it, as chillies need a fairly long growing season.
If you’re a regular reader of my last blog, you will remember that I was lucky enough to be chosen as ‘Wahaca’s Chilli Growing Guru’ and that I posted videos giving growing tips on their website.
2016 has been a year where a lot of things changed for me. A change of country and a change of lifestyle.
This year is the 55th birthday of the introduction of ‘Chorleywood Bread Process’ which completely changed how the majority of bread is made in this country, and left us with the tasteless pap that the majority of people buy in the UK today.
It is certainly not a birthday I will be celebrating, and here are the reasons why.
If you have read my blog in the past, you will know about >my loathing for the mass produced bread that is piled high in every shop and supermarket in this land, and that I also like to champion local food businesses. So, imagine how my heart leapt when I found an artisan bakery in Nottingham selling sourdough!