Lentil Buck-sotto

The perfect winter warmer.


10 medium white mushrooms

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1 medium onion

Half a tube of tomato pureé

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 glug olive oil

250g cooked lentils

200g roasted buckwheat

1 pint of water

Salt to taste


Put the water, tomato puree, oregano and buckwheat into a lidded saucepan. Simmer until the buckwheat has absorbed the water, stirring from time to time. Do not let the mixture boil dry. Add salt to taste, and a splash of olive oil.

While the mixture is simmering, cut the mushrooms, onion and peppers into large pieces, and soften in a little olive oil over a low heat.

When both mixtures are ready, combine with the cooked lentils, stir, and serve.

Kempston Market

A great place to reduce your use of plastic, and food waste, by taking your own bags and choosing fresh fruit and veg in the quantities you need. 

Location:             Saxon Centre forecourt       outside Sainsbury’s  
Day:                      Thursdays and Sundays
Opening times:  08:30 to 16:30


Cleaning Lego

If you have found second hand lego or duplo, or have some knocking about that has seen cleaner days, and don’t want to spend hours of your life  and gallons of water scrubbing it, here is a life hack for you that will extend the life of your favourite toy.

You will need: grubby lego, a pillowcase, one or two strong elastic bands and a washing machine.

Put the lego into a pillowcase, secure the top with one or two strong elastic bands, nice and tightly, then pop the whole lot in the washing machine with your preferred eco-friendly washing liquid. Et voila! shiny clean lego.

Fleece curtain insulation

Our home is a 1950s house which is hard to keep warm despite central heating, a loft full of insulation, double glazing, and cavity wall insulation. The unheated kitchen and conservatory on the back of the house act as a huge heatsink sucking warmth out of the house in winter.

Last year I bought a 10m X 2.5m roll of fleece fabric from Empress Mills, and set about using it as insulation. I lined the lounge curtains, bought a used curtain pole from a neighbour through Nextdoor and made curtains to go across the middle of the lounge.

We can now draw the curtains and make a warm zone in the lounge instead of losing heat and wasting energy. Result!

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Fairtrade at St Andrews stock a wide range of fairtrade goods, including foods and crafts created by some of the poorest communities in the world. By ensuring these communities get paid fairly to run sustainable businesses in environmentally friendly ways, natural habitats can be protected. 

See fairtradestandrews.co.uk  for details of opening hours, suppliers and stock.