Thursday, 16 July 2020

1 Week Eating Local (2) Part 2

Before I write about eating local - have you heard the warnings about courgettes? Both Thomson and Morgan and Fothergills seed companies have withdrawn seeds from sale as people eating the courgettes grown from some of their seeds have complained about sickness and stomach cramps. It seems cross pollination may mean some seeds are producing bitter courgettes of a slightly different type from what they should be. Mine are T & M so a bit concerning. Haven't noticed a problem yet.



If you want to look back at my one week eating local in November last year, it's HERE.

Returning to this year.

Breakfast of homemade bread toasted, with the local butter and local honey bought a couple of weeks ago (half a mile and many bee-miles!) I put it in the fridge and it's set nicely so doesn't run off the toast.
As you can see I'm not drinking local!

Lunch......... Egg (4 miles)+ Hill Farm Garlic Mayo sandwich  with my own beetroot and little tomatoes


This simple Bacon, Brie and tomato salad was delicious. The leaves are rocket and small beetroot leaves from the garden. Topped with a large sliced home grown tomato. Then Brundish Farm(10 miles) local bacon bits fried until a bit crispy, the Suffolk Brie cheese (7 miles) and home made croutons.
A salad dressing made with a little honey, rapeseed oil and cider vinegar (The Aspall factory is about 4 miles as the crow flies) with a spot of wholegrain mustard - not local sadly........... the only local I could see was Horseradish Wholegrain Mustard from Hill Farm at Halesworth.....not keen on Horseradish and I had Morrisons Wholegrain in the cupboard already . I know Colmans of Norwich do a Wholegrain Mustard but neither Morrisons or Asda stock it and I'm not sure the mustard is actually made in Norfolk anymore anyway.


Last of the raspberries - the few left are being attacked by wasps, I think there's a wasp nest somewhere down the meadow. I've tried to see where they are going but can't spot a nest anywhere.


My week eating local actually ended up being done in two parts and this first day was early last week before Eldest Daughter came. The day after this I had some bad effects and when I had another look at the Brie I found it was Not Good . I'd only bought it two days before but had no receipt so couldn't take it back. I shall be more careful with their cheese in future and check dates properly.


Back Tomorrow
Sue


15 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I hope you are feeling better now , you poor thing ! :( Beautiful raspberries , we had a nice little harvest too :)

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    1. Thank you I'm fine. As I said this was over a week ago. Raspberry crop was best in 4 years here

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  2. thanks for the courgette warning, I'll have to check with Bill where ours came from.
    Raspberries look good. Rotten about the cheese though, hate it when that happens.

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  3. I keep two jars of honey. One to spread, one for salad dressing. I had heard about the courgette warning. I read that if you nibble the courgette and it just doesn't taste right, bin the lot. I get my seeds from Franchi Seeds of Italy but so far not a peep from them about a recall.

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    1. Yes they said touch tongue to cut edge and if straight away very bitter - chuck out.
      Hopefully Italian seeds are bred in Italy so shoud be OK

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  4. It was one particular batch from Fothergills. The batch number is on line. One family complained. It is very rare to be affected, and a naturally occurring toxin in courgettes. She probably under cooked them!

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  5. Just checked our packet - Johnsons Astia which are presumably OK. Being a new packet this year they'll keep us going for at least another two. We only have two plants on the go and are giving them away already.

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  6. I read about the courgette thing the other day. But all my plants are from seeds purchased last year, so Alan (who's at home and eating them) should be fine. I think the best thing people can do is to literally taste a courgette straight after picking, I've read that any of the off ones taste wrong straight away.

    Dodgy Brie however is a different matter and a more expensive one, what a shame, glad you're feeling okay now.

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  7. Yes, I saw that. I can't remember where I bought my seeds and yellow courgettes tend to be quite 'non-bitter' anyway so I live in hopes. I can't check the packet - I chucked it away ages ago.
    xx

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  8. Old packet of seeds, and I pick small and more often than not eat them raw as part of a salad. But I had not read about this batch of seeds, hybridising, hmmm.

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  9. I din't know Brie could spoil? What happened with it?

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  10. I endeavour to eat British food and only seasonal produce so that's my contribution to local eating. I make an exception for Navel Oranges from South Africa because my mum bought them and they are so sweet and I don't eat much fruit.

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  11. That all looks wonderfully delicious!

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  12. Sorry that you became ill, but I am very glad you easily discovered why. Your days meals look wonderful.

    God bless.

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