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...
ALEX - DAY 5
Last night’s sausages were excellent, from my cousin’s next door neighbour’s pigs. Much better than any you can buy in a supermarket.
My Nanna served them with carrots, boiled potatoes and roasties. She and my Mum had some sprouts too but those were not traceable. I was rather glad to be honest, sprouts are not my thing.
I opened my John Starkey apple juice last night, which was absolutely lovely! It’s just apples, cox and bramley, no added sugar or any other rubbish but is sweet and full of flavour, and it went very nicely with the sausages.
I also discovered my Nanna’s farmyard she’s knitting for Easter, there are chickens, sheep and bees, and still pigs to come!
My Nanna seems to have knitted a whole farmyard ready for Easter pic.twitter.com/f25MkJY0WK— Alex Black (@FGAlexBlack)
Today, I’m afraid I cheated a little… (sorry guys!). It is FG machinery reporter Richard’s last day and we’re headed out for dinner. We could probably trace the beef I had but perhaps not the other stuff!
For tonight, I got some diced beef from Wigan out of the freezer so I’m thinking of doing some kind of casserole with some veg and potatoes.
This weekend, I’m hoping to finish the week on a high with a roast dinner on Sunday. I’m thinking a pork loin with crackling, roasted veg, Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes.
I’ve actually really enjoyed the week so far. And there’s definitely things I’ll take away from it. It’s been a little less convenient for me, but the veggies and drinks are the biggest changes I’ve had to make.
I’ve snacked a lot less, both because I’ve had to think harder about it and because I’ve been full off my nice, healthy meals! It’s definitely been good for my health.
And I don’t think it has been massively expensive either. In fact, I don’t think I’ve spent much more than I usually would and I still have lots of vegetables and meat in the fridge and freezer to use.
Also, the decline in the amount of plastic I’ve used has been massive! All the veg has come in paper bags, or loose, and the only thing has been plastic bags for my meat and yoghurt pots.
And I’ve not quite decided on tomorrow’s tea yet… but if I can get somewhere before close today, I think I’ll get some bacon for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Bacon and fried egg sounds perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast. And there’s still some soup left for lunch.
ABI - DAY 5
For tea last night I decided to make what I was planning on making this evening as I’ve had a root canal today and won’t be able to properly enjoy it.
Step forward Cheshire steak cooked in Shropshire butter and Dorset garlic, with Ormskirk carrots, Murcia broccoli and dauphinoise potatoes (made with milk from Bolton and the same garlic).
All I can say is… oh my… it was everything I dreamed it would be.
For breakfast this morning, I went with my eggs from Denise on a slice of my 100 per cent traceable toast! Look at the colour of those eggs.
Since eating that breakfast, things have gone downhill as I’ve had my dental procedure. I’ve not been able to have any lunch and I’ve not decided on my tea yet.
What I do know is tomorrow is Saturday, AKA fry up day, so I’ve got out my Lancashire sausage and bacon in preparation for the best meal of the week!
Now, who’s got a good hash brown recipe…?!