Light and Shade: Me On…

May your internet searches always take you to where you want to go.

You know, technology is a wonderful thing.

Well, it is if you understand it.

Meet me – probably the most techno-thick-chick this side of Norfolk.

I cannot toggle the telly between the DVD and the TV, let alone programme the flippin’ video to tape anything. I’m constantly confused by the double light switch at the bottom of the stairs and I’m eternally grateful that the kettle has just the one on/off switch. Continue reading “Light and Shade: Me On…”

Author Appearances update

Tracey Smith, the Rubbish Author
'Rubbish Author' - Tracey Smith

Hi folks

There won’t be a post from Tracey today as she’s all tied up getting ready for another week of interviews and public appearances. So instead I thought it would be a good idea to give you all an update of where and when you can catch a glimpse of our fabulous rubbish author.

Today
Tune into BBC Radio Somerset this morning between 9am and 10am as Tracey will be a guest on the Morning Jo show. If you go to the BBC Radio Somerset website you can listen in live or even listen later on in the day by clicking the ‘Listen Live’ and ‘Listen Again’ buttons in the right hand column. 

Tracey will be then appearing on BBB Radio Solent at 10:20am for an interview and again, you can listen via you computer through the links provided by the BBB Radio Solent website. Continue reading “Author Appearances update”

Rubbish movies – Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads

See the full rubbish flatbread recipe.

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A Rubbish Spotlight on The Magdalen Project

A selection of WWOOF'ers amongst the beans
A selection of WWOOF'ers amongst the beans

The Magdalen Project (or TMP for short) is an eco-educational centre of excellence located on the outskirts of a little Somerset village called Winsham and today they held their annual Autumn Fair.

I spent the day there demonstrating how to make my Rubbish Flatbreads and signing copies of the book and had a fantastic but exhausting day!  I must have rolled out and cooked about 120 flatbreads (some sun-dried tomato and basil and some plain white) and the visitors quaffed the lot! Continue reading “A Rubbish Spotlight on The Magdalen Project”

Dust Off the Lunchbox – the Holiday is Over!

Be a legend in your own lunchbox
Be a legend in your own lunchbox

6 weeks of no school has finally come to an end and as much as I love the short-Smiths, there’s only so much juggling a girl can take.

As I write my rubbish post for Wednesday morning, there’s a blessed veil of peace enveloping the house. It’s so silent you can hear the wind rustling past the razor-sharp creases of their new school trousers.

In response to Katy Wolk-Stanley’s comment on ‘A Busy Mums Top Tips for a Slim Bin‘, I thought I’d post a bite-sized selection of my favourite lunchbox contenders to tempt ‘you’ into ditching the expensive pre-packed snacks, in favour of a bit of homemade nosh. Continue reading “Dust Off the Lunchbox – the Holiday is Over!”

My Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads – A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Up Leftover Pasta or Rice

The only place for food waste should be in your compost bin!
The last place food waste should end up, is in a compost bin or wormery!

I’ve been quietly pondering for at least 5 minutes, wondering what to call this recipe and the best I can muster is, ‘Rubbish Flatbreads’.

Not because they are ‘rubbish’, quite the contrary, they are delicious and usually disappear off the plate as fast as I can cook them!

I often rustle them up with ingredients from what many people would throw into the bin; I happily use the leftovers from an earlier meal and this is how they’ve earned their trashy title.

If you’ve never made it before, bread can seem like the most terrifying of all things to cook. It uses yeast, yeast is live and if it all goes horribly wrong it could explode and line the walls of the kitchen! Eeek!

Actually, it’s nowhere near as scary and it certainly won’t explode, I promise you. But it might do a long slow rise and catch you out…like it did me…

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