The Staff of Life…according to The Real Bread Campaign
Campaign have penned this open letter to all of Britain’s doughmongers.
Whether making a loaf for yourself and family, baking as a professional, or sharing bread recipes and skills with other people now or later in the year, we have some questions that you might like to ponder:
Is there any need to use fast-acting / instant yeast?
Dried active yeast (usually sold in cylindrical tins) is much cheaper than sachets, widely available, just as convenient – even in bread machines if added with the water, will keep in the fridge for months, and, unlike most brands of the instant stuff, contains no artificial additives. Or you could get your mitts on the fresh stuff.
Square Foot Gardening
Organic Bread Talks & Demos in Lyme Regis
Getting to grips with dough and all of it’s quirks is far easier to do than you might have thought and on Bank Holiday Monday, I’ll be teaching as many people as I can to do just that.
I’m giving three interactive talks and demonstrations at The Town Mill in beautiful Lyme Regis and for four of your good English pounds, you can come along and listen to my essential How To’s.
Here’s the text from my poster – come along if you can!
Have You Secured a Place in My Green Directory?
Created by the eco-whirlwind that is Sue Jueno, it’s an absolutely amazing directory (yes, proper paper stuff) and a portal of a website too, see MyGreenDirectory.info for details.
Today is the last day for you to get your sustainable living business into what is going to be known as the Green Yellow Pages…here are the full details, as received in their newsletter earlier this morning
Be there, or be very unsquare…
Somerset’s Incredibly Edible Allotments
I happened across news in today’s newsletter from the Incredible Edible Somerset team and thought you might be interested to hear about a skill sharing event that could be replicated and with a bit of help and a good wind behind you, could laid on anywhere in the country.
If you have a passion for growing and are involved in your local green scene, consider pulling together local experts from your patch to help and inspire others near you.
Are You Feeling the Pressure to Spend Up?
There’s an abominable pressure thrust at us from almost every angle of the visual and audible media, telling us that consuming is good and the only way to sustain the spend up lifestyle is by working your trotters off.
Consumption is necessary for society to remain upright and to continue to function well, so many say, but ‘I’ say, that our consumption would do well to be looked at, re-evaluated in every sense of the word and changed if we are to survive as a global economy filled with more sustainable communities, which in my view, holds the key to the success of us all.
But bucking the trend is hard and can be terrifying when we’re surrounded by souls that simply don’t get the urgent need for change.
Purses Pinch and Plant Based Eating Rises
According to their results, the power of plant-based eating is a fast-growing trend. In fact, four out of 10 of us are eating more vegetables, fruits and plant-based foods than we were a year ago. And six out of 10 of us are eating more of these types of foods than we were five years ago.
Downshifting Week Makes it to the PEAs!
I attended the inaugral event last year, which was hosted at The National Geographic Store in London and the buzz was intense to say the least.
If you scroll over the PEA logo above, you’ll see me and my dear friend, Community Award category winner Azul-Valerie Thome, as she proudly hoists up her chic green glass trophy.
TOP TIPS FROM TRACEY
Ten Top Downshifting Tips from Tracey
Ditch the pre-packed options and cook from fresh.
There’s no doubt about it, you ‘can’ buy very cheap ready-meals these days, but the nutritional value, the overall quality and the taste cannot be compared to doing it from fresh! If you’re short of time, double up the ingredients and freeze half for another meal and be sure to use up leftovers in creative new dishes for the next day; soup offers a great way of getting started with this.
Buy your staples in larger packs.
Pasta, rice and porridge oats are perfect examples and you’ll also cut down your shopping trips too. If it’s just too much to store in your cupboard, split your bulk buys with a friend or neighbour.
DOWNSHIFTING WEEK 2011 – DAY ONE
I hadn’t put off my departure, more like my departure time just kept shifting, as the phone kept ringing and the emails just kept pinging into the box…but isn’t that the way it is most days…
We have to learn how to flick the ‘Off’ button – from the computer and occasionally, from life.
I’d spent far too long trying to nail down every moment of the forthcoming 10 days and it seemed the more I moved forward, the more I kept being dragged back.
The media appointments have been tricky to fit in around my visits to brilliant downshifters and I’ve had to bend with the wind to accommodate them, but they’ve put more than a few spanners in my well oiled works.