Let’s get ready to Crumble
31 July 2011
BAKE IN IS THE NEW GOING OUT – it’s fun, and ingredients don’t need to be expensive.
It’s not hard to see the value in local, seasonal food, but I often think, how does one go about finding it, preparing it, and saving a little money along the way? – I’ve learned a few ways this week without doing pretty much anything, which includes, grow something edible, to eat seasonal food and baking at home.
Food is at its most affordable when it is purchased in season. For July it’s all about gooseberries, raspberries and asparagus and more…Not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are also at their most flavourful and freshest when they are in season – it’s also a great time to taste the bounty of fresh, delicious food that is out there. I found out apples are not meant to be in season til September? so I guess the Missie tree has ripened early!
When you cook at home, you decide how much of a certain ingredient you are going to put into the dish, or how much chocolate to put in the brownies, not too spicy perhaps? or when the spaghetti is al dente. You’ve got all of the freedom, and you can even eat dinner in your PJs if you want to (whilst playing Street Fighter on the PS3 guys! :), eat by yourself without feeling embarrassed, or have your closest friends over to enjoy a homemade treat with you…Plus, you can keep some leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch bag :)
So forget that Chloe handbag or an afternoon traipsing in a hectic shopping centre – when there’s free food right outside your doorstep? (in my case, apples and plums) – you can enjoy really good food (especially puddings) if you cook it yourself from scratch. Shoppers and eaters nowadays are looking for flavour and value need look no further than what’s in season.
Happy Baking. Don’t forget to Twitpic me your bakeful delights :)