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January A Year of Seasonal Cookery

Kathy Cockcroft – The Learning Place


A Year of Seasonal Cookery - January Welcome to the first of our e-books. Each month we produce a short e-book that contains ideas, recipes, information on healthy eating, etc. As well as simply reading the content, there will also be links to web sites and videos for you to watch. We hope you enjoy working through this book. January After the over-indulgence and excitement of the Christmas feast, January arrives – usually bringing cold weather and possibly snow. January is generally a time of restriction and resolution but there is plenty of delicious and healthy seasonal food to eat. Why not try this delicious recipe for Roast Vegetable Soup? You can vary the vegetables – why not double up the ingredients and freeze some? Roasted Vegetable Soup (2 servings) (ready in 1 hr 5 mins)

Ingredients           

1 large onion ! x small butternut squash (peeled and deseeded) 1 x carrot 1 parsnips 2 potatoes 5 x mushrooms 3 cloves garlic (why not use frozen – it is very economical and saves waste) Water Olive oil Dry/Fresh mixed herbs Pepper

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Directions 

Chop all the vegetables into rough chunks, not too large, but not tiny either. Place these into a roasting dish, with the garlic cloves and the herbs. Pour a little olive oil to coat the vegetables slightly.

Put into the oven at gas mark 6 (200 C) and roast for approximately 40 mins, turning occasionally.

Bring the vegetables out and place into a large saucepan. Pour in water until the vegetables are just covered and bring to the boil - simmer for about 10 mins, or until the vegetables are soft.

Strain the vegetables (keeping the water) and place them into a blender. Blend until smooth, adding the water they were cooked in, until it is of a suitable consistency. If you like your soup smooth blend for longer.

If necessary return to the saucepan and simmer until it is of a suitable temperature - serve and season with pepper to taste.

Keeping fit and active Here are a few web sites that you can visit that will help you think about keeping fit and active. It isn’t always necessary to invest in expensive gym memberships in order to keep fit and healthy. Each image contains a link to a website that will provide further information and inspire you and you may even raise some money for a good cause. Simply hover over the image and then click your left mouse button (you may need to hold down your Control key too). Change 4 Life

Race for Life

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London to Brighton Bike Ride

Great South Run

Healthy Walks in Portsmouth

What to sow this month? January is not particularly conducive to outdoor sowing and planting, however you could think about trying to start some summer cauliflowers in a frost free greenhouse or even a coldframe. 16/06/2013

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January ebook  

A short book to accompany the Year of Seasonal Cookery. There will be one each month

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