Two FG reporters, Abi Kay and Alex Black, have taken up the Live Happerley Challenge, where they eat only food and drink they can trace to seed or birth for one week.
See how they get on in their daily blog...
Day two: ALEX
Last night’s sausage and mash went down a treat with sautéed cabbage and I had some leftover sausage with toast this morning, washed down with a cup of milk which I woke up to delivered on my doorstep this morning.
I started getting the milk delivered a month or so ago in response to the campaign for glass bottles by some dairies and it has saved me so many trips to the shops for milk, butter and eggs, as well as cut down on my plastic use.
And every time I nip to the shop for a pint of milk, I always end up buying something I shouldn’t!
However, I was missing my sliced bread when I managed to slice my finger alongside my bread for the toast!
Our caffeine addition is also safe after our tea arrived today!
The tea, from the Bristol Tea Company, is from a single estate black tea from Belseri located on the northern bank of the River Braphmaputra, in the Sonitpur district of central Assam. And it is lovely!
We had some comments about being more Lancastrian with our produce, and I do not doubt we could be.
Weighing it up though, only three things I think I have used so far have come from outside the county borders, tea, flour and potatoes.
For lunch today I have soup which was entirely grown in Lancashire, and made by me, after a run to the supermarket for a new blender when I discovered mine was broken.
Even the rapeseed oil I used to fry the veggies in came from Standish, near Wigan. The soup is leek, carrot, cabbage and cauliflower so lovely and healthy too.
And I discovered yesterday its British pie week, so tonight I’ll be celebrating with a cheese and leek pie.
I’ll admit I’m usually guilty of buying shop bought pastry, but I’ll be making my own shortcrust tonight using Wessex Mill flour and butter from Preston.
Lancashire cheese and leeks from St Helens will be going into it.
I may be biased, but I definitely believe Lancashire cheese is the best for making pies and pasties!
TEA HAS ARRIVED. I REPEAT. TEA HAS ARRIVED.
I’m still waiting on my Brazilian coffee, but Alex’s tea from Belseri on the northern bank of the River Braphmaputra, India, came in the post this morning.
I’m not sure whether it’s me being desperate for caffeine or the quality of the tea, but either way, my first cup was gone in about half a second and I’ve had three since then.
So happy, even if Alex does insist upon making them too milky by putting milk in first (sick and wrong Alex).
I’ve also cracked open the apple juice I bought which is made with apples from Cheshire. It’s really, really tasty and makes a change from water.
No breakfast for me again today after the yoghurt debacle as I’m still waiting on the eggs I’m picking up tonight, but I’m certainly getting my calories elsewhere (sad face).
I can’t wait to meet the chickens later, make sure you check the blog tomorrow to see the videos – they’ve got some amazing names and apparently are real characters!
For lunch today, I had the leftovers from my beef brisket tea last night, which we also had with mushrooms from Armagh, cooked in butter from Shropshire.
Unfortunately, I polished it off so quickly yesterday I forgot to take a photo, and today I did the same thing *pig alert*. I can assure you it was magical though…
I also enjoyed some A.M.A.ZING ‘brapple’ ice cream from Milk Maids for dessert last night. It’s 100 per cent traceable, made with blackberries and apple.
If you’re ever in Bolton, I cannot recommend this place enough – Fiona tried to tempt me with the rhubarb and ginger flavour, but she wasn’t sure where the ginger was from, so it’s out this week.
I’m definitely going back to get some in future though!
For tea tonight, it’ll be lucky dip. And by lucky dip, I mean I forgot to get any meat out of the freezer (bad habit of mine) so I’ll have to surprise you all tomorrow!
I could be tempted by my sweet potatoes from Malaga, but we’ll have to wait and see.