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Hawkwell Herbs April Recipe

Tasty Bites for April laziness –  with the Herbs!

 

Spring is sprung and many people are out in the garden ‘doing stuff’!  If, like me, you prefer being outside to being in the kitchen, then this is the month to bridge that gap between slow cooking of hot, warming, food and the ease of a quick BBQ!  In Spring, I always go for tasty bites. Warm. But quick to make.

 

I am a great believer in not using supermarkets if you can, and instead supporting the amazing small food businesses that we are lucky enough to have in and around Northamptonshire. And this month I would like to introduce you to Waterloo Cottage Farm (http://waterloocottagefarm.co.uk). You will know that I am a huge believer in only eating  meat that has been ‘kindly lived and kindly killed’ and this amazing place meets those requirements for me. And, being an ex environmental lawyer, organic is the way to go for me.  So off I popped for a visit and returned with enough goodies to make my first Tasty Bites for Spring!

 

Pork and Garlic Chives bites

 

What do you for each person?

1 large cabbage leaf,  some butter/oil/lard,  a slice of pork,  a few Garlic Chives.  And a pan!

 

How do you make it?

Wilt your cabbage leaf so that it is malleable enough to use as a wrapping.  In your choice of butter/oil/lard, gently cook your pork in the pan.  Chop a few Garlic Chives (if you don’t have Garlic Chives, use garlic and onion – you will see now why Garlic Chives are so great as they avoid all that peeling and chopping!). Place your cabbage leaf on a chopping board,  place your cooked pork in the middle of it, with your Garlic Chives on top.  Wrap it all up in the cabbage leaf. Cut it in half. Welcome to your very tasty bite (or 2!)

 

 

A home made ‘lemonade’

Would you like something refreshing with that, to quench your thirst after all that outside work? Try making your own ‘lemonade’ using Lemon Balm (or Lemon Verbena or both!).   There are a number of different ways of making it depending on which herbs you have, how intense  you like the taste, and whether you would like to add sweetness.

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  1. Simplest way is to make some herbal tea with your Lemon Balm, leave it to cool.  Drink it as a cold tea.  Add Lemon Verbena or Lemon zest (if you have a lemon but the point about this drink is that you can substitute Lemon flavoured herbs for lemons) if you wish as part of the tea making brew.   Add sugar, (or Sweet Cicely or Korean Mint which are great sugar substitutes) if you have a sweet tooth.

 

  1. Or, for a little more of an intense flavour – take a pint of water, add about 10 long stems of Lemon Balm/Lemon Verbena to the water, bring it to the boil and then gently simmer it for about 10 minutes to get a more intense flavour than with the tea.  Add sugar if you wish or the sugar substitute herbs already mentioned (I don’t as I prefer a tarter lemon flavour than a sweeter one). Make sure you don’t let it burn dry! Then let it cool. Drain it to remove the leaves. Add some fizzy water (for those of us of a retro era, the good old Soda Stream comes in handy here..) to taste.

 

I always make too much, and let it go cold, and then put it in freezer cubes.  Ready to add to fizzy water on another occasion.

 

And, if you are ready for that gin and tonic at the end of your gardening exploits, add some to your gin and tonic for a burst of ‘lemoniness’…

 

Did you know?

Herbs are great for lazy cooks! Like me… I lose the will sometimes to peel and chop garlic and onions (a combination I love) so I always grow Garlic Chives which combine both flavours.  And sugar substitutes such as Sweet Cicely and Liquorice/Korean Mint are great for that sweetness of taste if you don’t have sugar to hand.

 

This month’s herbs encourage laziness!  Garlic Chives, Common Chives,  3 types of Lemon Balm. No more chopping, peeling and, in the case of lemons, having to go and buy some!   You can find them listed here: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/herb-of-the-month  and you can buy them at the Farmers’ Markets here during April: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/how-to-buy

 

 Where can you find the herbs this month?

 

Market Harborough Farmers’ Market – Thursday 4th April

Thrapston Farmers’ Market – Saturday 6th April

Olney Farmers’ Market – Sunday 7th April

Oundle Farmers’ Market – Saturday 13th April

 

And look out for the new cookery courses coming up in Sudborough soon!

https://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/cookery-courses

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Cash Boost to Help Deliver Homes in North Northamptonshire

Councils in North Northamptonshire are benefitting from £1million worth of funding, which will support the delivery of mixed-use developments in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden, and the proposed Tresham Garden Village at Deenethorpe Airfield.

Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Councils secured funding through their Joint Planning and Delivery Unit from the Government’s Garden Communities project. The scheme is helping ambitious councils get well-designed homes built on large sites. £9 million was made available this year for schemes across the country.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said:

We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.

This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.

Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council and Chairman of the North Northamptonshire Joint Delivery Committee has welcomed this latest support:

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The urban extensions at our main towns will provide many of the new homes, jobs and facilities that we need over the next 20 years. It takes a lot of resources to ensure that these developments are properly planned, with high quality design and all the necessary infrastructure.

 

It is good that the Government is continuing to support us in this work. The capacity support helps pay for staff and will allow us to buy-in specialist advice on issues such as design, viability and legal issues. We are also be working with Government to ensure that North Northamptonshire gets the further investment in infrastructure and services that we need to make growth sustainable and to ensure that the benefits are shared by our existing communities”.

 

 

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council has welcomed the ongoing funding for the proposed Tresham Garden Village:

 

Tresham Garden Village is an exciting project for the Council. The latest Government funding has allowed us to continue to work closely with the Deene Estate and its development partner to design a distinctive new village, with excellent local facilities, sitting in an attractive landscape of forest and parkland.

 

The proposal, as outlined in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, is different to many large developments, being designed based on garden village principles and with a focus on small builders and opportunities for people to commission or build their own homes. There is still some way to go in testing the proposal before a planning application can be submitted.”

 

For more information regarding Tresham Garden Village, visit: https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/majorplanningapps