The Book of Rubbish Ideas is Now Available in Digital Format!

We are delighted to inform you that the printed Book of Rubbish Ideas (which completely sold out) is now available in digital format.

Whether you have a Kindle, a Sony E-reader, a Barnes and Noble Nook or almost any other device, it is almost certain to support ePub or Mobipocket format.

The original cover price of the paperback was £6.99, but you can buy the digital version for just £4, then download and start reading straight away.

Go to MagicOxygen.co.uk/tbori  to make your savvy eco-purchase, then make a nice cup of tea and go find a comfy chair!

Oh, and before I go, I am hard at work right now writing the follow up to TBORI… so if you know of a company or person I should feature in my next best seller, please get in touch.

Rubbishly yours,

Tracey x

P.S. If you buy the book and love it, please help me to spread the word via your social media. If you write a review, let me know and I will link to it and send you a free copy of the next version!

Save Money, Reduce Rubbish: Workshops with Tracey

Tracey Smith teaching bread making workshops at Lyme Regis, Dorset
Tracey puts the eco-into easy bread making with fabulous frugal recipes

The Book of Rubbish Ideas positively celebrates reducing waste in your home and keeping more money in your pocket by being savvy with some of your shopping ideas.

Of course, cooking from fresh is a terrific way of combining both and I’ve been doing it for years.  I started making simple recipe loaves and rolls when the children were born.  I wanted to take more charge of what was going into the bellies of my babies and I soon realised, it was a very fulfilling process too.

But being a busy mother of three, I also realised I didn’t have much spare time to indulge either…who does!

So I started ‘tweaking’ the recipes and fiddling around with kneading methods too and I devised a way of reducing the time and effort needed to make it and a way to save pounds and pennies too by incorporating some of the usual kitchen leftovers in the recipes.

Don’t be alarmed, I’m not talking about chopped up chicken bones or anything, I mean stuff like the last few spoons from the pan that cooked up the breakfast porridge, or a grated carrot or courgette that has gone floppy and is past it’s best….these accessible ingredients added to a dough not only reduce the rubbish that might have ended up in the bin (or hopefully the compost), but they can significantly reduce the cost you’d have spent on the raw ingredients – it’s a win, win situation!

So, I’ve put together a few 2 1/2 hour workshops to teach some of my favourite frugal recipes and I run them at a delightful little shop in Lyme Regis, the doorway to the Jurassic Coast and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

There are lots of bed and breakfast places nearby and I’d be delighted to help you find one that suits your budget and expectations, so, if you’re keen on mastering the art of easy bread making and ensuring you never go hungry again, hop onto the courses page at Magic Oxygen and see if you can find a recipe to whet your appetite!

I look forward to welcoming you down here soon, oh and gift vouchers are available too if you’re looking for a unique eco-experience to give to someone you love,

Rubbishly yours,

Txx

‘Your’ Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads!

This post has been inspired by the lovely Emily C who made flatbreads for the first time recently.

So many of you write and share your Great-Breaden experiences (sorry, that was truly awful) and I thought it would be fun to let you all loose in my virtual bakery!

Please post your recipe derivations for my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads on here!

Tell your fellow readers what ingredients you threw in and what you stuffed them with, or did you just eat them ‘naked’?

Send your mouthwatering pictures to me at RubbishAuthor AT gmail DOT com and I’ll put them in the thread.

Looking forward to finding out what inspired you today.

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

A Weekend of Talking Rubbish!

Hi all!

Just a shortie, boy have I got a packed weekend ahead of me. 

On Saturday, I’ll be broadcasting an hour of my ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ radio show (usual slot every Wednesday between 10 and 1pm) in celebration of the fact that our radio station has been broadcasting for 40 years to the hospital and 5 years as Apple AM!

If you’re near a computer between 1 and 2pm today, hop onto www.AppleAM.com and click ‘Listen Live’ to hear my mini-eco-show!

And tomorrow, if you’re around in the Oxford area and looking for something to do, I’ll be doing a ‘thing’ at the Dorchester Literery and Arts Festival, see www.DorchesterFestival.com for details – I’m listed under ‘Something Different’ – that sounds about right…..  I’ll be giving a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and demonstrating how you can make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads too – tasty all round!

Then on Monday, I’ll be doing nothing except playing with the kids and poking a nose into my latest can’t put down read, Globestiy, A planet out of control….its compulsive reading for want of a better expression…

Anyway, I hope this finds you all in fine fettle and be sure to do something nice with your loved ones over the Bank Holiday weekend!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

Sprouting Fillers

Sprout yourself silly
Sprout yourself silly

If you’ve got my neverending lettuce’s on the go on your windowsills, well done green-fingered chum, you’re going to love this too!

Here’s another delicious filler to accompany them in salads, sandwiches and in thousands of other dishes; sprouting seeds and beans.

You’ll probably remember cultivating mustard cress at school; I do believe, along with trying to blow up your science lab by mixing exotic coloured bottles of liquid, growing cress was in fact compulsory by international law). It was fun, but it involved cotton wool, plastic boxes, water and patience. Sprouting is much easier and the results are more abundant.

Sprouting beans and seeds are one of the most nutritional forms of raw foods you can get and it’ll come as no surprise, I’m going to urge you to buy the organic versions of. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, which might not sound instantly appealing but your body will love them. Continue reading “Sprouting Fillers”

Don’t Have a Rubbish Mother’s Day!

And when you've finished with it, sling it in the compost bin!
And when you've finished with it, sling it in the compost bin!

It’ll be here before you know it missus!

I thought I’d get in quick with a rubbish-free card solution and with a yummy idea to get the day started on the right foot too.

I’ve also allowed you a stack of lead time to send this article to any fellas you know who might be glad of the inspiration – ehem….

Here’s how to make your mum feel special with a fruity home-made card and a very special breakfast in bed!

To celebrate the special event which takes place on Sunday the 22nd March, Tropical Wholefoods, pioneer of sun-dried tropical fruits, has come up with a delicious breakfast menu for mum, which can be announced with a home-made card made using dried fruit.

These unique designs include sun-dried pineapple, chewy banana chips and apricot kernels to form a smiley face. Another card uses the same dried fruits to make a colourful bunch of flowers.

Continue reading “Don’t Have a Rubbish Mother’s Day!”

Events: Tracey Smith Brings ‘Rubbish’ to Dorchester Literary & Arts Festival

Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish
Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish

Well, not literally you understand.

I’ve been asked to attend the Dorchester Festival to give a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and do a demonstration on how to make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads.

I must confess, it’s the first lit fest I’ve been confirmed to attend this year and I’m beside myself with excitement.  It’s in Dorchester on Thames in beautiful Oxfordshire and I might do a book signing at a nearby Waterstones the day before, so it’ll be all go.

The event boasts something for all the family and there’s a stack of stuff for children of all ages to do too.  There are also readings to be given by children’s authors Julia Golding of The Cat series, Dragonfly and Darcie Lock and also Jenny Nimmo, famed for her award winning books on Charlie Bone.

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Rubbish Recipes: My Divine Beetroot Plaits

Dough!

I’ve been inspired by the ever-increasing number of readers I have of the other recipes here on the blog and I thought I’d post another of my favourites for you to play with.

It’s another bread recipe, fabulously simple and incredibly impressive!

The reason I love sharing my bread recipes with you, is because if you can make bread, you and your family will never go hungry.

This one’s also very inexpensive to make, particularly if you grow a few of the ingredients yourself, you can add lots of leftovers to it too (do go see my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbread recipe if you haven’t done so already) and it helps you realise that not all food comes from the shops;  you ‘can’ be a little self-sufficient….ish…

Have fun with this recipe and do let me know how you get on!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

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How To: Make Honey Roasted Pumpkin Soup – a photo guide

Follow this 'dead easy' recipe to fill hollow Halloween tummies
Follow this 'dead easy' recipe and fill up your hollow Halloween tummies! Would you like to lift this photo shoot to put on your website? No problem! Just drop me a line

If you’re planning on carving out a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween, here’s a great way of turning the leftover scoopings into something utterly delicious to warm you up when you get home.

It’s best served hot, with chunks of tasty bread for dipping and mopping.

Pumpkins will be around for a few weeks more and they’ll be super cheap once Halloween is over and done with, so you might be able to bag yourself a bargain at the greengrocers too.

This is also a fun recipe to cook up with a friend, so why not take Jamie Oliver’s great advice and share the fun by passing it on!

 

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Transition Town Initiatives in AAAAAAGGHHtion

Ok, just in case you don’t get my tenuous stab at a Halloween joke, that should be read as, ‘Action’, in a frightened and scary voice…

(All right, all right, it wasn’t that bad!)

As reported here recently, my little village is proudly on the ‘Mulling it Over‘ list of Transition Towns and our monthly meetings to discuss ways of helping our village live more sustainably are going well.

We’ve a good core of regular attendees and general interest on the project is on the rise, which is a testimony to the dedication and hard work of Michael and Sophie, the instigators of our TT initiative. Continue reading “Transition Town Initiatives in AAAAAAGGHHtion”