Food, Glorious Food: BEDN #4

I’m starting to type this post with a stomach full of fluffy oven-baked potato, lashings of butter, a spot of parmesan and cracked black pepper, and a glass of red wine. Simple food, cooked with love, and completely perfect for Autumn.

We moved home on Friday, and I thought I’d share a couple of photos of our new kitchen. It’s not huge, but it is very sunny and, not shown in the photos, it has a table and chairs too, so we can sit and eat at the table together. Eating at the table as a family is such a huge memory of my own childhood and one that I hope to pass on to my own children. Its a time to catch up with each other, share stories, make time. And as such, it’s more important than what is on the plate in front of you.

Yellow kitchen aid mixer

Sunny little kitchen…

Having said that, what I eat is important to me, and has been at the forefront of my mind since our decision to quit using the supermarkets for a month (at the least – the way things are going it might be a permanent decision!)  We’ve set up a regular vegetable box delivery with Abel and Cole, which I really like because of the flexibility they allow with making changes to what we have delivered. As I have an allotment, very often the food I am getting in a veg box is the same as that I have grown, so to be able to say ‘no’ to various things when I’ve got a home grown glut is very helpful!

Kitchen

Freestanding kitchen unit. Spot the ‘moving-in’ Nutella glasses of prosecco!

In addition to that, since moving here we’ve bought bread and delicious cakes from Crust & Crumb, a local cafe/delicatessen, and spied a great local fruit stall that we’ll be paying a return visit to. Hunting around our new local area of Chapel Allerton in search of non-supermarket food stockists is a great way to get acquainted with the area. It looks like we’ll be spoiled for places to go out for food too!  I’m feeling really lucky to live in a place with so much independent retail. Next on the list of places to buy food from in Leeds are Millie’s, a family run food store in central Leeds, the Leeds Bread Co-op and obviously the Leeds Market. I’m going to find out when all the farmers’ markets nearby take place too. There’s nothing quite as pleasing to eye or stomach as a wander round a good farmers’ market!

But, most of all, I’m looking forward to cooking for family and friends again, and inviting them to sit around the table with us, break bread, share stories and create new memories.

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9 Responses to Food, Glorious Food: BEDN #4

  1. Amy says:

    Chapel Allerton is a dream for buying local. If you’re not vegetarian, I can definitely recommend Neil’s butchers on Harrogate Road and the Italian pastries at Grinders are divine!

  2. Oh I LOVE Chapel Allerton, I’m so jealous you get to live there!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Liz, I love that. That’s what I’m talking about, sort of in my post. Which can be found here:
    http://kaeakingskid.blogspot.com/2013/11/bedn-food-glorious-food.html

  4. Jo Winwood says:

    What a great idea. I’m addicted to my local Waitrose but would love the challenge of shopping without supermarkets. However, the town where I live doesn’t have many independent food shops so I might struggle – although I could venture into Oxford which has some possibilities on Cowley Road …Food for thought indeed.

    • It’s quite a challenge if you’ve fewer local alternatives, definitely. But perhaps a month would give you the chance to try it out and if it’s really painful, then you never know, you might find a few alternative suppliers, even if you go back to Waitrose in the end? (and, I share your Waitrose love, so I totally understand that addiction!!)

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