Home cooked

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

There are some things that I’ll never buy again – salad dressing, for example, is ridiculously easy to make yourself. Other things like ready meals I never bought in the first place. I don’t know about you but I find it hard to understand the demand that has given rise to markets for packets of scrambled eggs, ready grated cheese and instant mashed potatoes.

Those who want to do more that make their own pasta and sauce, pesto or jam frequently have an allotment. Land value has risen so much that huge numbers of allotments have vanished across the country but there has been a rising demand for a plot to grow your own food over recent years. Other people are instead now turning a part of their garden over for growing food and with the advent of neighbourhood Crop Swap schemes it seems that the Good Life ethos is making something of a comeback.

However, you don’t need an allotment or garden space in order to grow a few simple things like salad leaves, herbs or even mushrooms, all of which can be cultivated quite easily indoors without the need for much equipment.

Growing the odd thing yourself won’t save you enough money to make you rich but it does mean you know for certain that no nasty chemicals have been involved and you will definitely reduce your food miles and the amount of packaging that you’re forced to accept by the supermarkets.

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