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January Herb Salad – from Hawkwell Herbs

Sara Dixon from Hawkwell Herbs has come to talk to us about cooking with herbs, her monthly slot will include some herby recipes, plus where to find her stall and how to order or buy…

It’s a cold January, so why a salad? We need taste still, we need to feel we are indulging still, but, let’s face it, we put ourselves under pressure to go ‘healthy’ at the beginning of the year.  This recipe has taste, indulgence AND health.

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What do you need?

Oil – oil of your choice – try using flavoured oils if you have any – try indulging with a nut oil if you are able.

Onion – I like to use red onions for colour AND strong flavour.  Chop your onion quite small after peeling.

Bulghur wheat or any other grain of your choice – as long as it is capable of filling you up.  You can even use beans if you prefer.

Herbs of your choice – I tend to go with whatever I have the most of! I have used Parsley, which survives cold, frost, snow… and I have gone for the flat leaved variety which I prefer to the curly, I’m using Mint and have gone for Moroccan as it has a punchy taste but try any flavour mint that you have, and Land Cress which, if you haven’t tried it, is peppery.

Preparation: Chop the herb leaves for the dish itself but RETAIN the stalks as well (see below)

  1. Cook your chosen grain/beans according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    1. If you are going with the Bulghur Wheat, it is one third wheat to two thirds water (in volume), bring to the boil, simmer for about 10 minutes.
    2. Drain any excess moisture away.
  2. Whilst cooking your grain/beans, start to gently fry your onion in the oil until it goes soft. This is when the natural sugars develop too. Which helps if you crave that still-remembered Christmas sugar hit!
  3. The amount of oil you add is up to you but this is a dish which involves Bulghur Wheat which soaks up the oil very nicely as part of the final mixing.
  4. Once the onion begins to go soft, add your herbs. Turn the heat right down and gently stir them until they too begin to wilt. I like some crunch to my herbs as well as rawness of flavour but if you are using herbs which need some cooking, stir them for longer.
  5. Then add your Bulghur Wheat/grains/beans to the herb mix and mix it all together well.
  6. Eat hot or cold.

Did you know?

Retain the stalks of herbs (unless they are used in the dish itself) as they still have a use! I use them in stock, stews, casseroles, even herbal teas/tisanes as they often hold a great deal of flavour.

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Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Sunday 6th January – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 12th January – Oundle Farmers’ Market

Saturday 26th January – Ely Farmers’ Market.

PLUS Sara delivers herbs in ‘HerbBella the Van’ to Loyalty Card customers on Mondays and Fridays to keep everybody topped up in between markets.

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Special events this month:

Monday 7th January – a healthy afternoon tea party hosted with AmbaScarlett  https://www.facebook.com/events/1611948945572240/

Sunday 27th January – Hanslope Vegan Winter Fair  https://www.facebook.com/events/728024497577611/

Herb of the month for January

Another themed month!  A variety of herbs to help you make tasty herbal teas/tisanes, as well as herbs to pep up a winter salad.   As always, a Cooking Ideas booklet comes with each herb. All available at the Farmers’ Markets.

 

 

Northamptonshire Firm Helps Millions Enhance their Workplace Skills

More than two million people have taken steps to “enhance their workplace abilities” over the last 12 months thanks to a Northamptonshire business development company.

 

‘First aid for pets’ and ‘making maths and English more user friendly for primary school age children’ are two of the emerging courses on offer by The CPD Accreditation Group.

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, certifies training courses offered by industries all over the UK and 21 countries across the world.

 

Offering a range of learning platforms, employees can successfully develop their skills and knowledge by completing training workshops, conferences and e-learning programs.

 

Mick Judge, accreditation and quality manager, said: “There are more than 1,000 institutes and professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

“Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Other ‘soft courses’ are emerging and being offered to the general public such as first aid for pets being offered by veterinary practices, which by having a third party accreditation, reassures users they are attending a quality course.

“There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities.”

The CPD Accreditation Group helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet the increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Formally certified CPD materials are more likely to become accepted and welcomed by audiences.

Mick added: “Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Accreditation Group. Member organisations are advised and encouraged to submit potentially qualifying CPD materials for formal and impartial CPD accreditation by our team of experienced CPD Assessors.”

 

Helen Shardlow – Medical Herbalist at Orchard Clinic Thrapston

Helen Shardlow is a fully qualified and registered Medical Herbalist, based at Orchard Clinic where she is offering herbal medicine consultations.herbs

I went for my consultation yesterday.  I didn’t feel I had anything particularly, badly ‘wrong’ but a series of niggles I felt too small to see the doctor with yet bothersome to me, I figured Helen, seeing the whole picture, may spot a link between them all – and she did!

Herbalism uses an holistic approach whereby Helen asked me questions about lifestyle, childhood, family, illnesses, any niggles I had, use of medication both now and in the past…My consultation was a comprehensive hour of being able to talk about any health concerns – both physical and emotional.

I obviously shan’t go in to the ‘ins and outs’ of my own consultation but suffice to say Helen immediately saw all my little niggles were connected and pointed to one over riding issue (which I had no clue about).  I’ll be popping in on Wednesday next week to pick up my herbal tinctures which she has blended specifically for me.  Enough for a month then I shall return to see her and let her know how I am getting on.  I left the appointment feeling listened to, understood (and empathised with) yet also positive that she would be able to help.

Herbal Medicine Consultations

Herbal Medicine can help with all the typical conditions you may otherwise consult your GP for (or not want to bother her about in my case) and is especially well suited for mild to moderate, acute and chronic conditions and for people seeking a more natural approach to their health, where the underlying root causes of an illness are tackled and not just the symptoms.

Medical Herbalists are trained in the same medical, diagnostic and clinical skills as a General Practitioner Doctor.

Helen is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.  Not every herbalist is a medical herbalist, and this is hugely important in finding the right person, with the proper knowledge and training to treat your cause and symptoms.

Find out more

herby helenHelen invites you to come and meet her at the Orchard Clinic, where she regularly runs talks on herbalism and how it can help with various issues. Please call the clinic to book your space, it is a complementary service, so places fill up quickly, head over and listen to what she has to say.

Book your space on her next talk or book in to see Helen on 01832 733686

Helen graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and is a member of the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIM) and follows their continuing professional development programme to ensure a high standard of practice and knowledge is maintained.  Their website is https://www.nimh.org.uk/

More information on Herbal Medicine and the conditions it can tackle can be found at https://www.nimh.org.uk/whats-herbal-medicine .

Please visit Helen Shardlow’s site to find out more about Medical Herbalism https://www.plantmedicineuk.com/

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