Blanching and Freezing Broad Beans

I like my broad beans podded and showcasing their vibrant colour out of their leathery casing.
I pop them out of their skins before I freeze them because it saves me time when I come to cooking them. It's a long process but I find it very enjoyable.


I had a Facebook notification this week that I'd worked at Foodie Laura for 5 years.
It's true but back then Foodie Laura existed as a place I posted Tupperware utilising recipes for my Tupperware customers.
These days I'm all about YouTube and this year Foodie Laura the blog has languished a little. I lost focus.
Quotes To Help You Focus

I want to put that right, I started off 2016 with a plan to write about happiness, it's something I'm really passionate about and I want to share it with everyone.
Time to get back on track.
Planning has really helped me to stop coasting through life with my eyes closed. I jotted down some of my favourite focus themed quotes and then set about making a plan for reviving the blog.
I read over these quotes everyday and ask myself every day if what I'm doing is bringing me closer to where I want to be.

What are you focusing on?

Broad Bean and Feta Risotto

A light dish for a summer evening this broad bean and feta risotto with sweet potato will bring a taste of summer to your table even if it's raining outside.
Broad Bean and Feta Risotto
with sweet potato and chives

Bargain Barley Salads

Remember when quinoa, bulgar wheat, cous cous and spelt were less than £1 a bag?
Then they got all popular and trendy and now quinoa is pushing £3 a bag?
There is one grain that somehow got forgotten and that's barley.

Good old basic barley which you can pick up for 60p a bag plus it's delicious.
It's a great whole grain and can be used for so much more than just bulking out soups.

Launch Day. June The Month Of The Planner

June is the month that many companies release their new planners, sometimes the planners start in time for the academic year and other times it's a sneak peak to get you planning for January.
Although, I don't know of anyone that buys a new planner and doesn't move into it right away!?

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