What can we do to be climate-friendly when we are growing our own food?
It’s really important to us to look after the planet’s resources whilst growing food so this question is really important to us. We thought about it as part of our Growing Friendship Project. Together with Lemon Balm CICwe’ve created this charter to outline what we believe are important points to considerwhen growing your own food:
Christmas is around the corner and party season is almost upon us. How are you feeling about work parties? Did you enjoy an online celebration last year and want to do it again or are you dying to have fun with your teammates in person this year?
We can help bring the Christmas Party to you with one of our interactive Foodie sessions. You get creative with seasonal goodies, have fun together and get party snacks too!
We designed our Christmas Cocktail and Canapé sessions last year for teams to celebrate together online. They were a great success so this year we’d like to offer them in person or online.
We can come to your venue and lead you in a fun session making canapés and cocktails ( or mocktails) or you can book an online session and have festive fun together without leaving your own home.
“It was lovely festive fun. The canapés were absolutely delicious and they’d chosen the cocktails to match the tastes. It was easy to follow along, even though we were online in our own homes. Thank you very much for a great evening”
Claire, Get Out More Dec 2020
All our recipes are designed by us using local, seasonal produce, which is easy to get hold of. We can even supply you with our own homemade cordials, using locally picked, wild ingredients.
As a social enterprise, we are passionate about enabling people to eat more sustainably for their well being and the wellbeing of the planet. We are also committed to improving the physical and mental well-being of those we work with. And what helps you feel great? Getting together with friends over lovely food and drink.
Any money you spend with us goes back to our social purpose of enablingeveryone to enjoy seasonal, sustainable food nomatter what their background.
We also work with another wonderful social enterprise Shared Harmonies who can facilitate a fun Christmas sing-along session to keep you in the party mood. We’re calling this full Cocktail, Canape and Sing-along our Seasons Harmony party.
Prices start from £290 per team.
Please contact us now to discuss how we can help you celebrate and be merry.
For our information pack, please download on the right:
We recently held a launch party for our new grow-your-own garden based at Full Circle Funerals in Guiseley. They have very kindly given us the use of their garden for us to makeover into a kitchen garden and use to demonstrate how to grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables.
We have lots of plans for the garden. Fortunately we have been awarded a grant from Leeds Community Foundation to make the garden suitable for us to hold Food Growing for Wellbeing groups in the future.
At the launch event, we had homemade apple cake, raspberry scones and pumpkin soup to eat plus herbal teas and seasonal fruit kombucha to drink. We were showing people how to make their own bouquet garni from fresh-picked herbs and how to make wildflower seed bombs. We also asked people’s opinions on our plans and got lots of advice and pledges of support.
All part of the Kinder Leeds Festival. We were celebrating the kindness of Full Circle in giving us the use of their garden!
A popular giveaway were our Kombucha starters ( Called SCOBYs which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) so people can make their own Kombucha at home. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink which we flavour with our seasonal fruit. it’s a lovely alternative to soft drinks but much healthier as it’s very low in sugar and as it’s fermented it’s good for your gut bacteria. Healthy gut bacteria makes for a healthy immune system, so very important at this time of year.
So here is our recipe for making Kombucha from our gifted SCOBYS. If you’d like to hear more about our garden and how to get involved in any future groups and maybe get gifted your own SCOBY do contact us to go on our mailing list.
Seasonal Kombucha Reipe
1 litre boiling water
80-100 grams sugar
4 tea bags
Scoby (from a friend, or available online)
Scoby starter liquid
Fruit for flavouring e.g. raspberries, apples, fresh ginger
Large glass jar (1.5 litres or larger)
Muslin cloth (or other, very clean cloth)
Screw-top or swing-top bottles
Before you start, wash everything thoroughly in hot, soapy water – we only want the good bacteria!
Make a big cup of tea in the bowl with the water, tea bags and sugar. Stir and leave to cool
Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a large jar
Add the Scoby and its liquid – it might float, sink, or something in between – it doesn’t matter
Label the jar with the date and leave for 7-10 days to ferment – it should be slightly fizzy and sour – taste it each day with a clean plastic spoon (not metal) until you like the taste
You can drink it straight away but it’s better with flavour. In autumn we like to add apple and ginger or autumn raspberries – you will need about 1 tablespoon of fruit per 500ml bottle. Cut fruit into raw chunks, or cook into a puree.
Sliced fresh ginger also goes nicely with autumnal apple
Remove the Scoby. You can use it again but remember to reserve a couple of tablespoons of the liquid to act as a new “starter”
Funnel the liquid into 2 bottles. Add your fruit and seal.
This ‘second fermentation’ takes 2-4 days depending on the temperature – unscrew the lid every day to stop too much gas building up. It should be nicely fizzy and ready to drink.
You can keep the kombucha in the fridge for a couple of months – but you will want to drink it before then!
It’s the week for Christmas work parties. They have had to go online this year with many people choosing quizzes and activities to do together via Zoom.
If you are a lone worker or entrepreneur, a sessional worker or a tiny team then you may not have a Virtual Christmas Work Party to go to. No need to feel left out you can join our party. We’re doing a special party on Friday 18th December just for people like us who are a tiny team. Come for Cocktail and canapes making with us and a good old-fashioned sing-along with Shared Harmonies. Get your ticket today for less than the price of a take-away curry and kick off the festive season in style. https://bit.ly/SeasonsHarmony
Must be booked by Thursday 17th so we can send you our recipes
Party season is looking very different this year. Many of us are facing a Christmas of being separated from our loved ones. After months of working from home it’s difficult for us to connect and celebrate with people we are used to seeing every day, whether that be family, friends or colleagues. We are here to help you celebrate in a fun way together online.
We can help bring the Christmas Party to you with one of our interactive online sessions. You get creative with seasonal goodies, have fun together and get party snacks too!
Here at Season Well we have done lots over the months to help keep people entertained, inspired and active at home. We have shared recipes, run cook-along tutorials and given food growing and foraging tips on our Facebook and Youtube pages. We’ve shared recipe and ingredient inspiration through our Instagram posts. We have run virtual cooking tutorials for families through our Healthy Holiday programme with Lemon Balm CIC and Leeds Community Foundation. We’ve been a guest cook in the Great British Food Festival Zoom Cook Alongs, run cook alongs for groups and facilitated a Zoom Cocktail and Canape Celebration session for graduates from the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Now we’d like to help you celebrate through Christmas Party Season. Just because you can’t get to a bar or restaurant with your teammates, this doesn’t have to stop you getting together and having fun. You can meet up and have festive fun together without leaving your own home. If you can’t get to a party we help a party come to you. We have some fabulous mocktail ( or cocktail) and canape sessions planned. We will get you all making your own party snacks and drinks to get your Zoom party started in style. All our recipes are designed using local, seasonal produce which is easy to get hold of. We can even supply you with our own homemade cordials, using locally picked, wild ingredients.
As a social enterprise, we are passionate about enabling people to eat more sustainably for their well being and the wellbeing of the planet. We are also committed to improving the physical and mental wellbeing of those we work with. And what helps you feel great? Getting together with friends over lovely food and drink. Any money you spend with us goes back to our social purpose of enabling everyone to enjoy seasonal, sustainable food no matter what their background.
We also work with another wonderful social enterprise Shared Harmonies who can facilitate a fun Christmas sing-along session to keep you in the party mood.
Have a look at our festive packages to help you celebrate your virtual Christmas party. Prices from £190 per session. Contact us to discuss how we can help you celebrate and be merry.
This is the first wild spring green I felt confident about picking. I now pick a much bigger range of wild greens including nettles, sorrel and ground elder. Wild garlic ( also known as Ransoms) still remains my favourite. It’s easy to spot with its broad green leaves and garlicky smell and is found in shady damp spots. You mainly eat the leaves but the white star-like flowers are edible too and are nice sprinkled on a salad. You can also pickle the unopened flower buds and use like capers.