Planning a bake sale? These 5 simple tips should help your sale be a success.
Well, hello there! It’s been a couple of months since I last posted and for that I do apologise. It wasn’t my intention to be gone this long and you might have been thinking I was gone for good, but no, I’m happy to report that I’m still here in the land of the living, working and cooking!
Friday 21st October marked the annual event Stand up To Cancer, and to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause, I decided to hold a bake sale in work. I had puts plans in place ahead of time and am pleased to report that I raised over £130! Incase any of you are planning a similar event in the future, I thought I would share 5 simple ways that helped with my preparations. I used some of my own recipes, as well as some of my favourites from fellow food bloggers.
Picture the scene, you’ve just spent a lot of your hard-earned cash on food shopping, you go home and you lovingly cook delicious meals for yourself and/or family. You dish out your meals on to pretty plates and then you walk outside and feed it to your green bin. It’s not a nice picture, is it? But we waste so much food like this every week, that not only is this bad for the environment, but it’s burning a hole in your pocket too.
Recently I read this news article about how France have brought in a new legislation barring supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. Instead, it must be given to charities or to farmers for animal feed, and it appears that the UK could be following suit. Tesco have recently launched a pilot scheme at 10 of their stores that involves staff using an app in conjunction with Fareshare and Food Cloud. With this app they can alert registered charities of what unsold food they have and that it’s available to be picked up free of charge. (For more information watch their youtube vid). Sainbury’s and Morrisons already have similar schemes in place. This article got me thinking about the food that we waste at home. According to The Guardian, one third of all food produced ends up as waste. That’s an incredibly depressing figure. There are many things that each of us can do to reduce this statistic and save money at the same time.
If I was on a deserted Island I would name it the land of Bix and I would have an endless supply of Weetabix to hand. I would lure in the mermaids using it, I would keep it in a treasure chest and treat it like gold. As you might’ve guessed, I love the stuff! Either for breakfast or as a midnight snack, there isn’t much you can’t do with it! For these reasons, I’ve picked it for my 5 Simple ways topic. I hope it gives you some ideas and if you have any more, please share by leaving a comment! As aways, thanks for stopping by!
With the weather being so fantastic this week it was inevitable that the BBQ would be dusted off and put into action.
Chicken was on the menu and I decided to add some mixed veg instead of a salad (along with roasted potatoes).
Mixed veg isn’t normally the kind of side dish that has people jumping up with excitement, plates outstretched shouting out, “can i have some moreeeee?!” but there are a few simple ingredients you can add to spice it up a bit!
1. Just adding a little salt, pepper, garlic and a tablespoon of butter, mixed veg is instantly jazzed up!
2. Or add salt, butter and parmesan cheese! Mmmm!
3. Mix it with couscous, simple but different!
4. Instead of steaming them, you could stirfry them and add rice with seasame oil and ginger or if you don’t have that – just soy sauce!
5. Last but not least my favourite simple and quick way of spicing up mixed veg is by just adding pesto. Quick, easy and tasty!
As you can see, the options are endless – no more plain boring mixed veg left unloved on the plate!
What’s your favourite way to spice up mixed veg?
Summer is on it’s way and that means beaches, brighter colours, ice cold drinks and lighter meals! It’s always around this time that I start to take a more interest in the fruit and veg aisles of the supermarket, romanticising ideas for picnics or BBQs. And one of the easiest and most enjoyable lighter meals to create is a goodie but oldie; the salad.
I believe that everyone can enjoy salads because there’s so much you can do with one! If i’ve ever heard anyone say that salads are boring or taste like rabbit food, I can almost guarantee that they’ve only ever been treated to the rubbish dumped on the side of a plate for (in my opinion) decoration purposes. No, we aren’t talking about those salads, we’re talking about tangy on the tongue, deliciously creative, salads with a bit of crunch!
So with this all in my mind I decided to pick up Tesco finest French Dressing
(contains normandy cider vinegar and Dijon mustard) and make my first of (hopefully) many summer salads.
For this one I included; cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, kidney beans and walnuts.
Happy to report it went down a treat and the dressing is one I highly recommend.
To finish i’d like to add some of my tips for salads, I hope you can find some of them useful.
1. Bite size is best. No one wants to be chomping on a thickly sliced cucumber or a lump of cheese. Keep your ingredients small so each mouthful will have more than one type of food. Yumm!
2. Toss it up! Make sure to toss the salad before serving. This will insure the whole salad is coated with dressing and no bits left out!
3. Fancy some garlic? Great tip I learnt once is to rub the salad bowl with a clove of garlic – heaven! Give it a try!
4. Invest in a salad spinner
I purchased one a few years ago and now I wouldn’t be without it!
5. Don’t just follow a recipe – recipes for salads are great for ideas but the best thing about salads is that the options are endless! avocado, cheese, meats, nuts..pretzels, fruit etc! Have fun creating your own one!
What do you like to add in your salads, have you any tips you’d like to share?