Organic at your Door by L

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This week’s box of organic goodies.

During the winter season, I have come to rely on online shopping and free home delivery to do our grocery shopping. It’s not that I’m unable to brave the cold, but getting two toddlers zipped into their winter suits, schlepping a double stroller down the snowy sidewalks and then pushing it back with the additional weight of the grocery bags (which dangle or are stuffed in any available part of the stroller) makes what should be a simple task, a pain in the @$$!!

Fresh bedýnky has offered some comfort in that area of my life. They are a local organic food supplier that delivers great quality vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats and bread. They are also an excellent alternative to the big chain supermarkets. At this time of the year, the shelves can be scarce with appetizing produce. I end up paying a bit more for our food, but at least my bananas don’t show any signs of mold after 2 days of being in our home. Much of Fresh bedýnky’s items can also be found around Prague’s bio/organic food shops. However, instead of going out to do the shopping, I choose to spoil myself with the free home delivery because that means I get more time to play with my daughters.

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Signs of spring have begun to peek through winter’s haze and that means that the farmers markets will soon be a part of our lives again. We have been blessed with a few sunny days here in Prague, but winter continues to keep its cold grasp. So before it is time to start shedding off all those layers, here is one more recipe to ease those wintry chills.

Golden Broth (The Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook)

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic

1/2 cup yellow split peas

2 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 quarts hot water

Saute onion, garlic and peas until brown.

Stir in turmeric and add water.

Let simmer for at least half hour.

Strain for a thin broth, puree for a thick one.

Golden Noodle Soup

2 quarts Golden Broth

handful of whole wheat noodles

1 cup each diced celery, potatoes, carrots

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

Bring broth to a boil in a deep heavy pan.

In a non stick pan, saute vegetables in oil for 5-8 minutes.

Lower heat and allow broth to simmer.

Add vegetables and noodles.

Let cook for half hour.

Before serving, add parsley and adjust the seasonings.

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