Feta cheese dip
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by Elisabeth Winkler
1M ago
Dear future self, I am recording this tasty, healthy recipe for posterity. Whip (using blender/food processor/Nutribullet): Bunch of watercress 3 spring onions (roughly chopped) 3 cloves of garlic 1 packet of feta cheese Lemon juice (half or whole lemon) A generous glug-glug of oIive oil. I used organic ingredients. In the mythical land of Winkler, the polluters pay which makes pesticide-sprayed food grown with chemical fertilisers far more expensive than organic. However back on planet Earth, we are still paying that bit extra even though organic farming is so beneficial. My A.I. assistan ..read more
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Mince pie trifle
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by Elisabeth Winkler
2M ago
Tart, textured, light and fresh, this turned out to be a winner. (Gosh, food blogs are so glossy these days. Real Food Lover does not fit that category as my pic above demonstrates). I am here to record recipes to remember. So here are the layers from bottom to top: Mince pies (in this case, four gluten-free ones) crushed with back of a spoon with added sultanas The juice from a tin of fruit cocktail (see below) in a small saucepan with 3 generous teaspoons of marmalade, a few teaspoons of sugar, lemon juice and a teaspoon of sherry boiled and bubbling until the liquid reduced; then spoone ..read more
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Real Food Lover has returned to WordPress
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
Yup, I am home again. I will celebrate my return by noting my new improved marmalade measurements. I have it down to a fine art now: 5 lbs of Seville oranges 5 lbs of sugar 5 pts of water (including 1pt of water to extract pectin) Tangy, orangey, not too sweet. The method is here ..read more
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Real Food Lover has moved
Real Food Lover
by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
Real Food Lover has moved to a new address Real Food Lover.net See you there for more recipes and chats about sustainable, ecological ways to produce food in ways that are healthy for the soil, air, wildlife, farm animals and humans ..read more
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Marmalade 2019
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
Winter’s Seville oranges season is over so this is for next winter’s marmalade (by which time the world will no longer be possessed by divide-and-rule politics and the UK has reversed extreme poverty described by the UN Special Rapporteur).  This ratio of oranges to sugar works well. Not too sweet. Excellent jelly-like consistency. A keeper. 3lbs Seville oranges  3lbs 12oz sugar 4pts water 1 pt water for pectin 2 lemons for pectin My trusted slightly-edited marmalade recipe, which I owe to the late Katie Stewart, the Times cookery writer, is below. Beg or borrow a preserving pa ..read more
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1916 Women’s Farm and Garden Union
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
A cutting on the precursor to the Women’s Land Army The yellowed newspaper cutting flutters down as we are packing up old books. As if it has a message for me – its headline: Women for the farm. At the top, in a pencilled scrawl, The Times, and the date: 24.5.16  The cutting concerns the annual meeting of the Women’s Farm and Garden Union at Chelsea Hospital, London, midway through the First World War (1914 – 1918).  According to the cutting, the Women’s Farm and Garden Union has a membership of about 500, the majority being women working their own land. Parliamentary Secre ..read more
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The Deserted Village – a land grab poem
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
The enclosure of common land across the centuries, or the privatisation of British land, is where many modern problems began. Subsistence farmers, the peasant class, were wrenched from their land by rich men’s control and might. “A time there was, ere England’s griefs began, When every rood of ground maintained its man; For him light labour spread her wholesome store, Just gave what life required, but gave no more:” What a great description of sustainability. Thank you, Oliver Goldsmith (1728 –1774), Irish novelist (The Vicar of Wakefield), poet, and playwright (She Stoops to Conquer ..read more
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Are city start-ups a help or hindrance to local food?
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
I am pleased to share with you my latest article, re-published with kind permission from Sustainable Food Trust, the global voice for sustainable food and health. I added images.  Are city start-ups a help or hindrance to local food? by Elisabeth Winkler on 14 June 2018 In the last few decades, there has been a quiet revolution in food as more farmers have increasingly sold their produce direct to the public. By circumventing the supermarket system, farmers are strengthening local food systems, rebuilding connections between people and the source of their food. This direct ..read more
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If you like chai, Hot Earth is the real thing
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
If you like real chai, you have try Hot Earth chai. Disclaimer: I am writing this blog post fuelled by Hot Earth chai but for no other gain. Thorsten emailed me out of the blue with his offer of chai samples. He has been developing his own chai tea blends, serving them after giving yoga workshops. It has proved so popular, he has set up a Manchester-based business. Thorsten (above) in an Elbow Balance yoga pose. I first tasted chai at a festival years ago but have not found a good one since. Mainly insipid tea-bags or sickly syrups. As soon as I opened the packet, I knew from the fresh aromas ..read more
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Kill the cling-film with eco-wrap
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by Elisabeth Winkler
9M ago
Cling-film, how I shun you. You are pervasive (enough bought every year in UK to circle the planet 30 times), unnecessary and costly to purse and planet. A single-use plastic, chemically-treated with god-knows-what to be pliable, and – unless disposed-of in an ever-growing landfill – likely to end up in the belly of a sentient being with fatal consequences. Enter our new hero: eco-wrap. Made from cotton covered with beeswax or soy wax, eco-wrap performs all the same tricks as cling-film (air-tight and malleable) but grace. Made from natural materials, it can be re-used, and cut-up and co ..read more
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