Pickled Pair Resolves To Be Good

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of good food, sound health and great happiness!


I’m always full of resolutions and plans, and not just at the start of the year. I can’t help myself. It’s how I get things done (I love a bit of idle-dreaming too). Some ideas come to absolutely nothing, many of them morph into something else along the way, and some I actually see through to the end. As far as I’m concerned though, the outcome is less important than the intent. It’s good to give ourselves a bit of direction and guidance to keep life moving along, but there’s absolutely no need to slavishly stick to things just because you wrote it on a bit of paper. Far more important to invest in doing the things you enjoy with people you like.

So what resolutions and plans do I have for this year, food-wise and Sheff-wise?

I can tell you I’ll be making, eating and sharing a LOT about food. Food that is produced and supplied locally, and is seasonal. And I’ll be trying and making more cocktails. Don’t expect sweet daiquiris from me though. No way. I’m an Old Fashioned or Negroni girl.

To offset all the lavish eating and drinking I’ll be partaking in, I’m going to be trying to stick to three simple things:

1. Get my running legs out again
2. Drink more green tea
3. Start my mornings with a power breakfast or smoothie (considered ‘banking for the weekend’)

Castleton to Mam Tor

And the nice thing about my three things? It’s all available right here on my doorstep. We live in a city with unparalleled access to outdoor green space – a third of our city has its big-behind planted firmly in the Peak Park. And we have many independent shopkeepers working hard to bring us the best local and interesting produce they can get their hands on.
So you don’t have to bother with the gym, you can get your daps out and go for a Park Run or try one of the many trails in the Peaks. Before you do, though, try my Bircher muesli or smoothie recipe to help power you up those Sheffield Hills.

Swiss Bircher Muesli (for two)
This couldn’t be easier – you can pretty much add what you like as long as you have porridge oats. Make it the night before, or even in the morning as long as it gets a good half an hour to soak .

Four tablespoons of porridge oats
A tablespoon of bran flakes
A tablespoon of pumpkin seeds (or linseeds)
Chopped almonds
About 300ml of skimmed milk or water
A handful of mixed berries (frozen is fine) or blueberries or even grated apple
Yoghurt or Kefir
Honey to taste

Put everything other than the berries, yoghurt and honey in a bowl. Give it a stir and then put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight. In the morning, add a good dollop of yoghurt and as much Kefir as you can build up to. Add the berries and sweeten up with honey, if you need to. Use the Kefir or more milk to loosen it if it’s a bit thick.

Kefir Smoothie (bit hardcore but so good for you)
This is an adaptation – from a smoothie that Angela from Filthy Gorgeous greengrocers made for me, and one from nutritionist Jeanette Hyde. The Kefir is a bit of an acquired taste but stick with it – it is a million times better for you than those sweetened probiotic drinks. Serves two.

300ml Kefir
1 banana
Handful of berries
I orange peeled
Fresh ginger or turmeric
Chia seeds
Shove it all in a blender and whizz it up for 40 seconds. Slurp pronto, power into work.
Either of these will sustain you through the day. And talking of sustaining, check out my next post where I will be talking about The Sustainable Restaurant Association and what they made of Sheffield when they came to visit late last year.

Where to Buy
Down to Earth on Sharrowvale Road sells porridge oats and mueslis loose so you can buy as much or as little as you like.
Filthy Gorgeous on Abbeydale Road sells fresh turmeric and Chia seeds
You can pick up Kefir from Ozmens on London Road
Sheffield Honey is available in many of our independents across Sheffield as is a pint of Our Cow Molly milk.

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