In season at The Farm – A Box Full Of Beans!



Riverford is at it again, packing the boxes to full potential with the best of the season and ever thankful are we (my family) as devoted customers. Thank You ūüôā

These beans that I speak of are the classic Organic Broad Beans that are currently in season and in the vegetable boxes on The Farm.
They can be purchased at Riverford Organic Farms through the online store via the Fruit and Veg section using the link above in this post. The beans also come with free recipes about them that can be found in the recipe section via this link here.

Now, which recipes¬†to follow¬†with all these beans, hope my boys have a healthy appetite this week as I have one for trying out new things ūüėÄ

If you don’t already know about Riverford, where have you been?! They are a superb organic farming company with 3 main farms in this country and a couple in France. The staff work extremely hard to provide an abundance of fresh and a truly nourishing range of foods and beverages. Vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy, drinks of all sorts, bakery goods and handy items for the home can all be found on their well thought-out website –¬†

They do a range of boxes if you fancy refreshing your diet and changing up your shopping list with just a few clicks, or there are different sections for you to choose¬†your own produce and make¬†your own list. It is all organic and delivery is free providing you spend ¬£12.50, already sounding good right? When you place a regular order through me you will get a box free and a free recipe book ūüôā Sounding fab now isn’t it. Always wanted to make the jump over to deliciousness from mundane supermarket aisles, online stores and not so great foods that are chemically dangerous instead of healthy? Now is your chance, and best of all the overall price you spend will be a tiny fraction more than what you spend now because you will have pure quality health over quantity and affordability.

The¬†guys at this company¬†totally changed my life around, I am so happy with the nourishment and well-being I get from eating Riverford’s outstanding organic foods that I spend next to ¬£0¬†on impulse foods. The budget is set and we know we are always getting a great¬†deal.
An honest and friendly member of the team will arrive every week on the day allocated to your area without fail with smiles and boxes full of goodies, you will know it is them at the door as I swear the boxes glow!

If you would like to place and order and receive the free welcome gifts stated please do get in touch via our Contact Page and we can get you set on your way within minutes. If you would prefer to trial them yourself then pop over to the website give them a try, or alternatively you could call them on 01803 762059. Trust me you will never loose out or feel hard done by and you will probably never look back if I am honest.

You can feel the quality instantly and then when you live it, you know.

For a further detailed review on the farm in Hampshire please see a previous article I wrote on The Farm.







The truth about Brussel Sprouts!

WP_20141216_036[1]Brussel Sprouts are amazing! Most popular from Brussels, Belgium, they grow as buds on long stalks. They are beautiful and divinely created little superfood health bombs that are a true blessing to Humans. I am aching to get them in my garden as I keep hearing of the resilience these babies have to the cold, impressive!
Cruciferous types of plants have sepals, flowers or / and leaves that hold themselves in a criss-cross style, Sprouts are certainly amongst these and they are green due to the pigment chlorophyll being present.
I absolutely love the taste when properly cooked and it was not until a little while ago that I realised just how healthy they actually are…kind of seems we need these and other types of Green Vegetables to live well!
I find the taste wonderfully unique and one of those that lights you up with a sense of true health. You can literally taste the righteousness!WP_20141216_033[1]
I know many people say they don’t like them but I wonder if they ever really cooked them properly in the first place. It turns out, after doing some research that if Brussel Sprouts are overcooked they release their Glucosinolates  Рwhich are organic compounds containing the substance Sulfur.  Sulfur is the reason for the not so pleasant potent aroma often associated with members of the Brassica Genus. Glucocinolates are the main reason for the undeniable health benefits gifted by Sprouts, when glucosinolates connect with the enzyme myrosinase through acts such as chewing or food processing the food begins to produce highly reactive oils called isothiocyanates and these are reactive in the sense of fighting disease such as cancer, helping the tumours to breakdown.
To cook them correctly gently steam for no more than 5 minutes, if you haven’t cooked them this way before I can assure you will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully totally hooked!
It is found that 1 cup of Brussel Sprouts contains over twice the recommended daily amount of Vitamin K promoting correct functioning of our brains, bones and nervous systems. They also contains vitamins, A, C & E as well as some B vitamins. The vitamin K they contain aids in the decrease and prevention of inflammation and by regulating it this helps promote correct functioning of the cardiovascular system making a healthy person.
They also contain precious minerals such as selenium, maganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, choline, pantheonic acid, magnesium and zinc. They are just bursting with antioxidants too and filled with protein. Containing a high amount of healthy fiber, Brussel Sprouts lower cholesterol levels. Fiber combines with acids produced from cholesterol that are used to digest fat therefore leaving less cholesterol overall.
They also aid with digestion, promoting healthy bowel movements and helping with weight loss and maintaining a healthy body.
I think Brussel Sprouts are great, I would happily eat them with any meal (they are particularly awesome with a squash coulis or sprinkled with nori!) They grow in abundance in the cooler months in Britain and seem to be part of our staple diets to keep us in good health throughout the Winter here.

It is time to face up to the facts about Brussel Sprouts and choose to weigh in on optimum health for you and your family by eating them or other Brassicaceae members of the mustard family at least 3 times a week. WP_20141216_032[1]