The Tale of a Teaspoon has 3 pillars; food sustainability for People, Planet and Pocket. The "people" pillar is about health and wholesomeness, and what better season to dive into the latter with full gusto.
Nicely nestled between Halloween and Christmas, November is a time to cosy up, and get creative. This month I encourage you to think ahead to the festive season, to do more with less, and to remind you that quality always wins over quantity.
On the topic of quantity, I recently shared a few ways that we can rescue bread from going to waste. I've since been reminded that treacle tart uses breadcrumbs and I discovered you can freeze prepared-but-unbaked bread and butter pudding. Both make a perfect seasonal pud.
The Main Course...
Whether you plan to DIY gifts or buy them, visiting Christmas markets is a great way to find inspiration and support local businesses.
I was going to give you a nice long list of Christmas Markets across the South West, but a quick Google showed I've been beaten to it.
Christmas Markets in The Cotswolds
Christmas Markets in Somerset
Christmas Markets in Dorset
Christmas Markets in Devon
Christmas Markets in Cornwall
Also check out Down Somerset Way's list of Christmas Markets in Somerset.
I can't find a decent list for Wiltshire. Sorry Wiltshire!
Events & Experiences
Wild Medicine Cabinet: Medicinal Mushrooms at 42 Acres, Nr Frome, 16th Nov
Immersive Chocolate Experience, Bath, 18th Nov
Herbal Gift Making at Vallis Farm, Nr Frome, 19th Nov
Conversation & book signing by Tara Wigley, in-house writer of Team Ottolenghi, At The Chapel, Bruton, 29th Nov
Gingerbread House Competition at Neptune, Bath, 1st Dec
Much More Veg at Christmas at River Cottage, Axminster, 1st & 9th Dec
A Little Something Sweet...
Right now there are a lot of reasons why people might not be looking forward to the festive season. I'm a big believer that we can all do a little to look after each other, so why not do it with food?
If you have an elderly neighbour, why not drop by with some homemade mince pies. If you regularly walk past the same rough sleeper, you could offer to make them a hot drink. If you know someone that might be alone on Christmas, why not invite them to join you or drop by on Boxing Day to share your leftovers.
Every little good thing we do makes the world a bit better.
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Thank you from The Tale of a Teaspoon