So how’s your Organic September going? Do you care where the food you eats come from?
Organic means working with nature, not against it. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – this means more wildlife! Whatever you’re buying – from cotton buds to carrots – when you choose organic, you choose products that promote a better world.
Making a commitment to buying and cooking organic healthy food makes you feel amazing! I try and buy organic whenever and wherever I can every month. When I consciously made the change to buy organic products I knew it would bump up my weekly shopping bill. Easily resolved, I buy less meat. Now meat is a treat at the weekend and I go for cheaper cuts like shoulder or belly. Choosing organic is the only way we can be sure that the meat comes from animals that have access to outdoors and it tastes so much better too!
By skipping meat I don’t want to skip flavour and I love finding tasty, easy recipes packed with flavour that all the family will love. We all enjoy uncomplicated Italian food that allows beautiful, fresh ingredients to do the talking. My new favourite recipe book is An Appetite For Lombardy packed full of mouth watering recipes, illustrated with beautiful photographs and a thoughtfully explained provenance to the food. This is what makes this a special book, more than simply a list of recipes, you learn about the people and places behind the recipes.
‘Whether you enjoy a plate of food or not, there’s always a story and a world behind it.’ – Michele Valotti, Trattoria La Madia
The big hit at home is the Courgette Polpettine, a family recipe from the 1940’s. Easy to make patties that include a sprinkling of crowd pleasing Amaretti biscuits, knocked up in a jiff and demolished even quicker! Courgettes are bountiful at the local farmers market in town at the moment, available in all sorts of interesting shapes and sizes and cheap as chips! If you’re on a budget always try and buy seasonal!
A trip to the Lombardy region of Northern Italy is now on my travel wish list. Lakes, mountains and extraordinary food…what’s not to like! I will of course be armed with An Appetite For Lombardy so I don’t waste any time on dull, boring food 😉 Here are some of the stunning photos that enticed, intrigued and left me wanting to discover more: