A Royal Challenge: A guest post

Another great thing that has come out of our year long challenge is meeting a lovely lot of folk online. We have had great fun chatting with people and getting to know people from all walks of life. A chance twitter interaction led to today’s guest post by a lovely lady called Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi who has followed our journey from the start.

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Emma it’s over to you……………………………

‘I’ve been an avid follower of the Team Pugh and their Year without Supermarkets journey pretty well from the start when I discovered them on Twitter.

More recently Team Pugh I have been bonding via Twitter about the newest, and definitely cutest Royal, the Prince of Cambridge. Let’s be honest, you couldn’t really get away from it (I was even getting requests for half hourly updates from family at home in New Zealand), but isn’t it fab to have such great news for a change?

#royalbaby same carseat as us #Brittax Where Team Pugh go the Royals follow. Next they’ll be giving up on supermarkets

Quite seriously though, why wouldn’t the new couple want to be more like Team Pugh? A happy family with a cute-as-a-button baby, eating healthily and locally, helping charities (like Becksie’s brilliant Dress A Girl Around the World Challenge) and enjoy recipes handed down through the ages. And I hear washing your hair in egg yolks can make for really glossy locks. Kate should take note.

They could pretty reasonably ask for a corner of Kensington Palace gardens, plant a few hardy vegetables and keep a few chickens. The only trouble would be the paparazzi squishing the vines as they clamber over the back wall for that elusive shot of Kate pottering among the Delilahs in her wellies. f and m 3

The biggest question is really though, would Fortnum & Mason count as a supermarket? It’s not an uber-chain, they have butchers, fishmongers and grocers, stock artisan goods of the highest calibre and every time I’ve ventured into their beautiful store they have known almost everything about their products. I’m not sure how well the new parents would do on the weekly budget though… f and m 5

On a more personal note, we have been rather inspired by Team Pugh, but sadly looking into it and living in central London we don’t have the fabulous farm shops available to us, so would possibly be living on a diet of Nice biscuits and slightly dodgy ham from the man at the end of the road. It has inspired us though to explore and discover more local and London-wide markets which are popping up more commonly with some delicious produce. Viva-la-free-from-supermarkets-revolution!f and m 4

As ever, I doubt I’ve helped at all, but I would like to share one of my favourite recipes with everyone, one that is great in this weather, and uses some delicious veges for a healthy and scrummy dinner.

Stuffed Butternut Squashf and m 7

Serves 2 as a main, 4 as an accompaniment.

Ingredients:

1 Butternut Squash, cut in half lengthways, the seeds scooped out
Cooking Spray or Olive Oil
1 Red Onion
6 chopped Rashers of Smoked bacon (trimmed of fat)
A Handful each of Cherry Tomatoes, Button Mushrooms & Spinach
Tbsp of Plum Sauce (available in most retailers in the Asian section)
Breadcrumbs
Mozzerella Cheese
Breadcrumbs

  1. Preheat the oven to 200’C. Score the flesh of the Butternut Squash, making sure to leave about half an inch of flesh border against the skin of the Squash. Spray lightly with cooking spray, or with Olive Oil.
  2. Place the de-seeded butternut flesh side up on a tray & pop into the oven for about 40minutes, or until the flesh begins to soften.
  3. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, cook the bacon and diced onion before adding the cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach together to soften & wilt. Stir through the Plum Sauce.
  4. Scoop all of the flesh out of the Squash, leaving about an half an inch border of flesh against the skin.
  5. Add the squash flesh to your bacon mixture, and then replace in the squash. Sprinkle with mozzarella & breadcrumbs.
  6. Place back in the oven to Melt the mozzarella & brown the breadcrumbs (about 10 minutes).
  7. Enjoy.’

That looks delicious Emma, just for fun lets have a quick poll to see if people think Fortnum and Mason counts as a supermarket or not?

Thank you so much Emma, do head on over to her blog as it is well wort a read, you can also find her on Twitter!

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