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Healthy Spring Food

Lucinda Bevan

28 March 2018

Longer days at last, spring is springing we hope although there is a threat of more snow to come. Fear not regardless of freezing temperatures the buds are bursting through, the sun is giving out some warmth, we will soon have the first crop of delicious spring vegetables.  At this time of year we crave lighter fresher foods, our need for heavier warming foods diminish. Typically we want to spring clean our houses equally we feel the need to cleanse our bodies.  Spring is the natural time to cleanse, to rid the body of impurities built up over the winter months, you can do this simply and gently yourselves by eating the ‘right’ foods.  • Wild foods like dandelion, nettles, wild garlic and wild sorrel support the liver, that amazing organ that has so many functions particularly that of detoxification. Pick the young fresh leaves, steam, blanch or eat raw. Pestos and dressings are fantastic. • Include lots of fresh vibrant greens including kale, watercress, purple sprouting broccoli and spring greens all stuffed full of vitamin C helping to support the immune system. • Eat good quality proteins, it’s worth spending a little more on meat and fish knowing they come from sustainable sources. • Include grains such as spelt, amaranth, wild rice and quinoa avoiding refined foods.    Pesto Good bunch wild garlic 60g cashews – lightly roasted Dijon mustard Rapeseed oil Extra virgin olive oil Lemon juice   Simply whiz all the pesto ingredients together, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. So good served with roasted vegetables, drizzled over steamed fresh greens. Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist & chef with a keen interest in the brain. She provides one to one consultation, advises businesses & restaurants on nutrition and runs lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations. Next course is Super Veg on Wednesday 19th April  www.lovefood.uk.com  

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Waste Free February Challenge

Sam Bertram

30 January 2018

Many of us watched Blue Planet 2 at the end of last year and were appalled by how much plastic (and that's just the stuff you can see) is polluting our seas. Obviously much of the onus is on the retailers to reduce plastic in their products & packaging, but if we shop more consciously we can also help reduce waste.  Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are encouraging people to get involved in Waste Free February. So who's ready to join the challenge? So what's it all about?Reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste you put in your bin. Waste is anything that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. They're challenging you to reduce your waste down to just one jam jar in the month. If you can't do the whole month just try for a day or a weekend. And if you can't get down to just a jam jar set yourself another target. The main thing is to make an effort to reduce the waste in your household. So always take reusable shopping bags with you. If you have plastic shopping bags take them back to the supermarket to be recycled. If you think you're going to want a coffee then keep a reusable cup with you. If something is packaged in plastic look for alternatives, buy meat from the butchers and ask them not to wrap in plastic, veg from the market using your own bags. Do refills where possible and look for shops that sell loose grains and pasta. Make your own lunch rather than get a takeaway sandwich, and with cleaning products buy larger units to reduce packaging. For Valentine's Day use more eco-friendly cards and wrapping (No shiny cards and glitter).  Even parts of a tea bag contain plastic so buy loose leaf tea instead. Take some tupperware with you for buying loose products.   If keen to read more about how to take up the challenge see below. Good Luck! https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/waste-free-february

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Favourite sledging spots

Sam Bertram

31 December 2017

We saw a peek of snow before and after Christmas so just in case there's more we asked around for people’s favourite sledging spots.  Here’s the feedback.....   1. Cherhill Monument near Calne – watch out it can be very fast in places!  You can also see one of Wiltshire’s White Horses while you’re there.   2. Bradford on Avon golf course has been frequented by some mini thrill seekers.   3. The hill above Alton Barnes on the Pewsey Downs is not for the faint hearted. Hold on to your sledges.   4. Head to Heaven’s Gate at the top of Prospect Hill and enjoy the views across the parkland of Longleat and Longleat House before you jump on.   5. Closer to Swindon? Try Coate Water Park, Liddington Hill or the Lawns Woods in Old Town.   6. If you’re in Chippenham head to Monkton Park.   7. Locals love Treacle Bolley in Marlborough or try corner field off the London Road.   8. If you live near Salisbury Plain Widdington Motorcross field at Widdington Farm near Upavon gives a good ride.   9. Take in history while you sledge at Avebury.  Going between the stones can be terrifying but it’s easy to stop at the bottom of the hill.   10. In Malmesbury the place to go is The Worthies - near the entrance to Reeds Farm, opposite the Co-op and below the cricket club and another great spot opposite Willis Brothers at Cowbridge (on the B4042).   11. Bratton Alps is popular amongst locals. Go up Stradbrook into Imber Road for fantastic sledging.   12. TAKE NOTE: No sledging trip is complete without a cup of hot chocolate waiting at home at the end & be careful!   Got some more suggestions? We really want to hear about good sledging spots nearer Salisbury, Westbury & Tisbury area. Email us on hello@localuncovered.com and we’ll add them in.  

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2018 New Year bucket List

Sam Bertram

31 December 2017

Here’s our suggestions on some resolutions & what you should be aiming to see & do in 2018 to make the most of this beautiful county. Plan for one a quarter and you’ll find it incredibly achievable and rewarding! 1. Our environment is in a fragile state but it’s not that hard to all do our bit to help. You can reduce your impact on the environment - use less plastic - buy beeswax wraps, take your coffee cup with you to avoid using disposable coffee cups, buy bamboo straws, wooden toothbrushes. Buy produce from local companies rather than supermarkets to avoid all the supermarket packaging.  Local Devizes company Meadow in my Garden make wild flower seed mixes that encourage pollinators to gardens and sell animal homes for some of our precious wildlife. You don’t need to have a big garden for wild flowers & they not only look stunning but also help our busy bees, butterflies and ladybirds. They’re also looking for volunteers to help fill public spaces with wild flowers. Get in touch if you think you can help. 2. Look at your grocery list and think what you can source locally – there’s so much fabulous food & drink available right here in Wiltshire. Visit your local butcher or become a regular at a Wiltshire Farmers Market so that local always makes its way onto your table. We are also setting up a Food Assembly in Marlborough putting locals in touch with local food so sign up to hear when it launches. You shop local produce online and go to the same venue every week to pick it up. If you feel like a tipple look no further than The Wiltshire liqueur Company – also fabulous ingredients for any recipe. It not only supports your local economy but when it hasn’t travelled it’s better for the environment and tastes better too! 3. Experience some of the amazing pubs & restaurants in the county - It’s important to support your local pub & restaurant, but once in a while it’s worth going further afield.  In Wiltshire we have The Good Food Guide’s best dining pub in the country - The Michelin Starred Red Lion, East Chisenbury.  Winner of the Wiltshire Life best pub in the county in 2017 is The Swan in Enford. Don't miss The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn described by Tom Parker Bowles as ‘Three steps to foodie heaven’ & recently featured in The Telegraph as one of Britain's cosiest pubs, The George & Dragon in Rowde with their fabulous seafood & rustic luxurious rooms with a touch of Soho House, The Michelin starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn which has been AA and Decanter’s Restaurant of the Year amongst other accolades, and The Wheatsheaf Chilton Foliat where local sourcing is at the heart and was recently shortlisted in The Sustainable Restaurant Association's Food Made Good Awards. For a casual lunch or for the best coffee try the lovely Sticks & Stones in their lifestyle shop in Woodborough. For a healthy treat pop into the Cafe at Well Natural in Salisbury. 4. Regular bracing walks are a great way to stay fit. Visit a new part of the Wiltshire countryside & walk somewhere new – there are stunning walks from the North Wessex Downs to the Nadder Valley. Our members have lots of top tips on things to do – whether it’s walking the ancient Ridgeway, an invigorating walk across Salisbury Plain or a walk around Fonthill Lake near Tisbury you’ll be pleased you ventured there.  5. Look after yourself. Our wellbeing members will help you get on the right track in the New Year.  Love Food in Marlborough is launching Love Food to go - healthy nutritional meals for delivery and Nordic Walking instructor Ashley Sandy can help you get fit and have fun while exploring the beautiful outdoors and is offering ski fit classes to get you ready for the slopes. If you know someone struggling with life encourage them to try new things - dance psychotherapist Gyidance might be able to help. 6. Make it to at least one of Wiltshire’s events or festivals. Racehorses have been trained in Wiltshire for over a Century so have fun watching Barbury Races – a great day out for all the family. Kick off your shoes at a music festival or there are plenty of Arts Festivals around the county - Salisbury, Trowbridge & Devizes and fabulous theatre at Illford Arts Festival near Bradford on Avon. Marlborough have a literature festival & there are plenty of Food & Drink Festivals throughout the summer. See our events calendar. 7. Take in one of our national treasures – Stourhead near Mere is the second most visited National Trust Property. However, there are plenty more to choose from – Avebury (the ‘better’ stone circle), Lacock Abbey, Wardour Castle near Tisbury, Great Chalfield Manor and Garden (featured in ‘Wolf Hall’), The Courts Garden in Holt or Old Sarum near Salisbury.  And don’t forget the marvellous Salisbury Cathedral and Malmesbury Abbey or Castle Combe, said by many to be the prettiest village in England or The Merchant's House in Marlborough to see how a wealthy 17th Century Merchant would have lived. 8. Learn something new - how often do you wish you could do something better? There are plenty of places offering courses – Marlborough College Summer School has every course you can imagine and it’s a fun way to spend a week. Organise a nutritional cookery course at your home with Love Food. 9. Don’t always default to Amazon – if you’re looking for a gift or new items for the home stop and think if you could buy from a small local company.  You’ll be amazed at the unique things available as well as how affordable they are too.  We have lots of gift ideas for both him and her so check those out before going global!  And lots of ideas for the home too. Here's to a fabulous 2018!

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