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A day in my life at Rookery Farm

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Rupert Langmead runs Rookery Farm in West Sussex, who supply us with all of our eggs.  Here he describes a typical running an organic chicken farm…  Monday again already.  It’s dark as I unlock the farm gates at 5am. The temperature’s around 2 or 3 degrees, but it’s feeling really cold because of the strong [...]

What makes a happy egg?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

We source all of our eggs from Rupert Langmead at Rookery Farm as quite simply they are the best we have ever found.  Rupert is an organic farmer who believes in doing things right, so not only does he adhere to the strictest organic certification standards in the country, but he also keeps what must [...]

Fat Thoughts

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I went to the doctor early this year to have some blood work done. When they sent the blood to the lab, they tested my cholesterol levels, not because I wanted them to, but because it is a ‘service’ they offer now. I met with the doctor a few weeks later to discuss the results [...]

Forget Porridge from Flakes. Oat meal is the New Sexy

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I have to admit that I’m a bit of porridge passionata. It’s not big here in Tuscany where many people eat cookies for breakfast (yeah, go figure), but it doesn’t stop me trekking to the local health food store where I order porridge flakes by the case. Well, that is, until I tried the real [...]

Me, You And The Kids Too

Friday, April 13th, 2012

My passion is promoting health in the community. That’s why I started Planet Organic, that’s why I write recipe books and that’s why I blog about food. My desire is for people to discover how to cook and eat better food – and to encourage and support those on this journey. If you have children, [...]

Could rice be the spice of life?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Historically, rice has been associated with prosperity and fertility, which is why it was thrown at weddings.  It is such an important staple today that about half the world’s people eat rice every day.  There are about 40,000 varieties, so if you think there is only white rice, it’s time to think again. White versus [...]

Don’t worry about weight gain; you can go nuts with nuts

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Some people avoid nuts because they think of them as fattening.  But while it may not be your best idea to shovel in cheap, heavily salted peanuts while knocking back a beer at the local bar, adding organic nuts into what you eat provides great health benefits.  Eating nuts can actually help you lose weight [...]

Not just a Christmas tradition, dried fruit should be around all year

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Rather than eat fruit that is out of season, grown and flown in from some far-flung place, how about eating fresh fruit that is seasonal and local and eat dried fruit for the rest of the year?  There are wacky and wonderful dried fruits available now – enough to keep you interested for a long [...]

Stuck for a starter? Check out Planet Organic’s Antipasti & Olives

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We have people around for dinner pretty much every Saturday evening. I never run out of ideas for main courses, I have a fabulous selection of recipes – from my Mom, from my cookbooks and a few other cookbooks. But I often find that I am stuck for what to do for a starter and [...]

Savoury Biscuits aren’t only meant for cheese

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

When you are standing in a Planet Organic looking at the Savoury Biscuit section or browsing through our website, you may not be excited about this part of the store. How can these boxes of biscuits compare with some of our obviously more exciting departments? Well, let me fill you in. I grew up on [...]

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