No. 75 - March 2009
Welcome to the March 2009 Recipes4us Newsletter. If you have any suggestions, additions or interesting questions for the newsletter, please write to me at Newsletter@Recipes4us.co.uk . Also, if you come across any publications mentioning Recipes4us.co.uk, don't forget to let me know.
I've slightly changed the layout of this newsletter, so make sure you go right to the end to ensure you don't miss anything.
Happy Cooking !
Florence Sandeman, Publisher
Sunday 1st March
St. David's Day
If you've never tried leeks, I would strongly urge you to do so. A much underrated veggie, their sweet and mild flavour goes well with lots of ingredients. Furthermore, they contain many of the same beneficial compounds found in garlic which are linked with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels plus additional vitamins and minerals as you can see in the chart below.
Here's a wonderful recipe to celebrate both St David's day and the leek for which I've also done a video so you can see me making it.
What's in Season in
Click here to see what's in season this month, how to cook it and to find a UK Farmers' Market near you.
Click the picture to find this month's weekday menus to help you plan your meals and shopping weeks ahead. Each weekday has a main course, suggested vegetable accompaniments plus a dessert which have been planned to supply you with a balanced diet. It's also been designed so that you can interchange one day's menu with another in the same grouping. Most of the main courses are ready to serve in less than 40 minutes - great for working people.
March is National Peanut Month
National Peanut Month
Did you know that c 1890 a physician in St. Louis reinvented the ancient recipe for peanut butter as a health food for the elderly? Furthermore, Dr. John Kellogg (of cornflakes fame) patented the process of making peanut butter for patients at his Sanatorium in Michigan.
Peanut butter a health food? Well, they are an excellent source of extra protein, vitamins B and E and minerals including magnesium, copper, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
> > > More about Peanuts
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Food in Film
Click the film to see the next in the series.
you've been toying with the idea of getting a slow cooker then
perhaps now is the time, as not only do slow cookers allow
you to cook meals that retain the goodness and flavours of your
food but they are also particularly good for cheaper cuts of
meat as the long, slow cooking breaks down the collagen in the
connective tissue ensuring very tender melt-in-the-mouth
results. Furthermore, as they are low on energy consumption
cooking with slow cookers saves even more money. Better still,
although there are some more expensive models on the market,
many are relatively cheap to buy - no more than the cost of a
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* * * 2009 Garden Experiment * * *
mentioned in the February newsletter, this year I will be
experimenting with sowing seeds according to the moon phases.
It's still a little early for me to start, but in the meantime
I've done my research, and have
decided to use the most simple lunar planting method called the
which is based on the waxing and waning of the moon.
What is Waxing and Waning
The Moon goes through an entire cycle of waxing and waning about every 29 days. This is called a Lunar Month.
The waxing moon grows larger from
right to left in the sky, changing from a narrow crescent just
after the new moon towards the full moon. It is called the
'right-hand moon' because the crescent is like the
curve between the right-hand's index finger and thumb. During
the first quarter of the waxing moon phase the moisture level in
the soil is at it's highest, and because the earth is
"exhaling" and releasing and the growing energies are drawn into
the upper plant. So this is the time recommended for sowing
seeds of plants whose edible parts are above the ground as it is
supposed to encourage rapid germination and growth.
March in the Kitchen Garden
Although March is thought to be the usual time for sowing many vegetable seeds, don't forget to keep an eye on the weather and delay sowing outdoors until the soil is workable.
Below are some of the seeds you can start to sow outdoors if the weather in your area is sufficiently clement:-
Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, dill, summer cabbage, carrots, turnips cauliflowers, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, peas lettuce, marjoram, parsnips, radish, spinach, spring onions
You can also star sowing certain less hardy vegetables indoors so they get a head start before being planted outdoors including:-
Aubergines, Capsicums (Sweet peppers), Chives, mint, oregano parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet basil thyme, tomatoes
Before sowing seeds indoors, bear in mind that once they’ve germinated, it won’t be long before they start to romp away, and extended delays in planting them out could leave you struggling with weak lanky plants. If in doubt, sow a couple of weeks later than you had anticipated.
For detailed growing instructions visit our growing herbs and vegetables section
Raymond Blanc is once again on the
lookout for a couple to join him in opening and running a
restaurant. Couples will be chosen to compete for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the third series of BBC2’s The
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