Food bloggers have been very creative with their locally sourced ingredients throughout the month of October. This #ShopLocal challenge has had 19 superb entries from all over the world! Recipes come from America, India, Italy and throughout Scotland and England. I do hope you are tempted by some of these culinary delights! If you too would like to share one of your recipes using a local ingredient scroll down to the bottom, read all about the challenge and link up your recipes!
A massive thank you to everyone who linked up last month and I look forward to seeing what fantastic recipes you will be making this month!
Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog kicks things off this month with her own chocolate-infused vegetarian take on her grandmother's shepherd pie recipe. All the vegetables came from her own garden and the organic milk is from a farm local to her in Cornwall. This sounds like the perfect winter comfort food for these dark, cold windy nights!
Janet at The Taste Space uses a delicacy local to her in Houston, Texas in her dish citrus collards and chickpeas. She writes, "Collards are local to the Southern United States, especially during the fall, and are best during the winter." She jazzes things up a bit using garlic, dates and orange juice and includes chickpeas to make it a full flavoursome meal.
Scottish Vohn from Vohn's Vittles combines the last of her gorgeous courgettes from her very own garden and fresh mint grown in her windowsill with some locally purchased onions to make this delicious looking low calorie courgette and mint soup. This sounds like a quick and fantastic way to use up the last of a glut of courgettes.
Jacqueline over at Tinned Tomatoes shares another delicious low calorie soup recipe this month: her 5:2 Diet - Carrot, Leek and Mustard Seed Soup made using local carrots and leeks. Jacqueline is a vegetarian food blogger in Scotland and her blog is full of fantastic recipes and photos. Do check it out!
Alida over at My Little Italian Kitchen is an Italian living in England with a passion for cooking recipes her mother would cook for her as a child. She shares this fiery Pollo alla diavola (devil’s chicken) recipe made using a chicken from her local Farmer's Market in Kent. Seasoned with rosemary, lemon and cayenne pepper this dish is sure to impress!
Jen over at Blue Kitchen Bakes uses up some of her organic carrots from her Riverford veg box and a home made blend of spice to make this delicious, thick and hearty winter warming spiced carrot and red lentil soup. I'm a big fan of cumin and coriander, both of which are included in her own blend of spice she uses.
Ros over at The More Than Occasional Baker made this gorgeous apple cinnamon crumble cake using apples from her work colleague's own garden, thereby keeping the food miles to a minimum. This cake is made with wholemeal flour, oats, cinnamon and apples so it could almost be considered good for you! A warm slice of this would be perfect on these colder Autumn evenings.
We have a very interesting entry here from Anneli over at Deliceux in SW France with her Veal Sweetbreads with French Style Peas & Baby Gem Lettuces! Sweetbreads are a palatable term for the thymus gland or pancreas but Anneli says not to be daunted by their origins and that this delicacy is well worth the effort. She insists you won't be disappointed with this generous starter dish.
Louisa over at Eat Your Veg has children who are in a soup phase. They're mad for it just now and to satisfy their soup craving she's made them a gorgeous roasted roots soup. This creamy soup is made from locally grown produce from Leominster, England, which she gets delivered in a vegetable box. Roasting really brings out the flavour of root vegetables and this soup is sure to hit the spot during this cold Autumnal weather!
Sarah over at Dinner with Crayons uses up those sad and neglected vegetables at the bottom of her fridge in this quick and simple fridge bottom soup. Admit it, we all have veg like that at the bottom of our own refrigerators! The carrots for this soup were purchased at her local shop in Walthamstow, England.
Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen was given some pears and spinach from her parents garden which she used to make this delicious looking apple-pear, spinach and Brie pizza. It went down a treat with her family and was a nice change from the more traditional tomato-sauced based pizza. Shaheen writes, "Its sweet and savoury. The sweetness comes from the honey and pears, and the savoury undertones from the garlic and Brie cheese, a little sharpness and crunch from the apples and walnuts. " Sounds delicious!
Cauliflower is the dieter's friend, so says Karen over at Lavendar and Lovage. With a mere 32-35 calories per portion this cauliflower mash is a wonderful healthier alternative to the carbohydrate and calorie-laden traditional mashed potato. Karen used some locally grown cauliflower purchased from her farm shop in Yorkshire, England for her delicious faux mashed potatoes.
Karen also combines some lovely traditional MacSweens Scottish haggis with a hot baked potato in this perfect Autumnal lunch idea from the MacSweens Haggis Bible. I'm a big fan of haggis, myself, and I think this lunch sounds very tempting indeed!
My own entry for this month's Shop Local challenge is a piccalilli pickle from my Canadian childhood: Cape Breton Chow Chow. I was able to make this preserve this month because my lovely vegetable box suppliers included some green tomatoes in their delivery.
Sustainable Mum, a lovely blog by a home-educating mother of two living as environmentally friendly as they can has shared four fabulous recipes using vegetables from her organic vegetable box, a courgette from her own garden and cheese from her local Farmer's Market. Pop on over to her blog to see the recipes for her spicy carrot soup, broccoli and Stilton soup, swede soup and courgette and Brie soup.
Alexandra over at The Lass in the Apron used some of the locally produced ingredients (butter, milk and eggs) she picked up at a Farmer's Market in Bucks, Pennsylvania to make these Quaker Bonnet Biscuits, a recipe traditional to the area she lives in Bucks County. These yeasted biscuits, described in 1915 as being 'quaint-looking' sound like a perfect biscuit to accompany a cup of afternoon tea.
Gayathri over at Spices Galore uses the abundant fresh-from-the-garden butternut squash from her home in India in a fabulously spiced Butternut Squash Pav Bhaji. Her vivid description of her home with its' street stalls, fabulous colours and grand foodie experiences tempts me to go and visit the area!
To round things up we have a gorgeous and very morish looking simple apple cake by the lovely Dom over at Belleau Kitchen. Dom has used apples he picked up at his local supermarket which were grown in his very own county of Lincolnshire! It's lovely to hear a big name supermarket selling locally sourced produce. Dom is a big fan of shopping local and I'm sure you will agree - this cake looks fantastic! Look at those lovely thick slabs of English apple!
Shop Local Food Blogging Challenge
The world has certainly grown smaller over the last few decades. Our food, especially in the West, is shipped to us from all over the world. For example, a trip to my local supermarket in Shetland presents soft fruits from Spain, fresh herbs from Israel, lemons from Argentina and lamb from New Zealand!
Lamb all the way from New Zealand?! A quick look outside my window shows me fields full of lambs, why are they sent from New Zealand? The effects of this mass transport of food has global implications. There is an unfair global distribution of food and the environmental damage caused by this transport is alarming.
We don't need to look thousands of miles away for produce as there is a wide array around us. Each of us have a favourite local producer, don't we? Mrs. Smith and the home made marmalade she sells at the Farmer's Markets, your local cheese maker at a pop-up stall in a shopping centre, your butcher down the road selling locally reared meats, your veg box provider, the crofter who sells her eggs at the end of her driveway, etc.
Here I present a food blogging challenge with the aim of promoting your local food producers by sharing your recipes using their produce. This is the place to showcase the wonderful foods available where you live, where ever you live, worldwide.
The Rules:1. Write your blog post showcasing an ingredient sourced locally and post your recipe url to the Linky at the bottom of the appropriate month’s challenge, including your email and the title of your recipe or post. Tell us a bit about where the ingredient came from, with a link to the producer too, if available.
2. Display the Shop Local badge (as shown above) to the relevant recipe post, with a link back to the monthly challenge post.
3. Add as many recipe links as you like, there's no limit! Share the local producer love!
4. If you tweet your post, please mention #ShopLocal and @TangoRaindrop in your tweet – I will retweet all that I see.
5. The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere, but make sure to credit the source. You are very welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge as listed above with the Shop Local badge.
6. All entries will be added to a Pinterest Group Board - Shop Local Please give an indication of where in the world you are so I can add it to the photo information.
7. The challenge runs from the first day of the month to the last. A new challenge Linky will be added to the end of the round-up blog posts on the first day of the month.
Happy Local Shopping!