Touching Base, My Favourite Recipes of This Season and Cooking The Perfect Steak..

 
 
 

Autumn News

Autumn News


Back In My Spot With You…
So I’m back in my favourite spot in ‘that’ coffee shop I was telling you about last week. Sitting at the same window and I think this is going to be the space where I connect with you. 
There is less than 500metres really between Organic Emporium and where I’m at right now, but just putting myself out of the space and all the buzzing ‘have-to’s’ going on, helps me create a space where I can focus on you, shut everything else out, think about why we’re here in the first place and just chat. 
Thankfully, I haven’t encountered any annoying interruptions this morning here:) 
Look After Your Immune System So You Don’t End Up Sick Like Me..
I’ve got flu at the moment. I think it’s got much to do with not really taking care of myself adequately, the weather has changed, we’ve had the natural stress that comes with change and our new service, add to that a lapse in habits that keep nutrients sky-high, a party that went the wrong side of responsible and a couple too many late nights and hello – a struggling immune system, can’t fend off unsavoury bugs..
It’s been a wake up call though – to slow down a bit, and focus on my immune system which is something we could all do now in Autumn, to gear ourselves up for Winter. Are you investing in your immune system and maybe Autumn should be that time and not the time to stress it like I have! 
So I’d let daily green juices lapse, I’m back into them again and hauling out Nature’s medicine kit for flu. We had lapsed with bone broth, it’s back on the stove. I had stopped drinking herbal teas, they’re back on the agenda again. 
Nature is wise though, she knows what we need for the season and she gives it in abundance. 
She gives us vitamin c rich fruits and vegetables to support our immune system through Winter. So it’s citrus season – keep yourself well stocked with citrus and lemons for your daily green juices.  
Real Tea Is Not Just For Witches…
My husband is convinced I’m a witch because he keeps finding me huddled over pots of boiling herbs in the kitchen looking troubled. Buy some real chai tea and boil it up – I can’t tell you enough how much this has helped deal with scratchy throats and the bronchial tone of this particular flu. 
You don’t need to buy those wretched throat sprays full of sugar and colorants to anaesthetise your throat. I promise you – grate fresh ginger – a large hunk of it into a brewed tea – add some fresh lemon juice and honey and drink that down. The ginger is a natural antibiotic and also anaesthetises the itchiness and helps loosen up phlegm. It’s a miraculous helping hand from nature for winter. Nature is clever, eat what is in season. Don’t go without ginger this Winter! I’m trying to source some non-irradiated, organic ginger for you. 
It’s the time for making REAL TEA. I found a gorgeous natural chai tea blend last week at the market – organic rooibos, non-irradiated cardamom and cinnamon and cloves – I’m going to get some in for you next week – let me know if you’re keen? 
Anyhow – my muti has been boiling this tea mix gently up in a slow cooker, adding citrus peel, massive chunks of ginger and then when I’m ready to drink it – adding freshly squeezed juice from a lemon and a grating of fresh ginger. You won’t find a better flu tonic – seriously and the aroma of all that warmth in the spice is so comforting, it has connected me to Autumn in the most beautiful way. 
New Service Chat…
It feels like an eternity since I’ve last nattered to you. It’s busy around here at the moment and all very different.
We’ve moved to our new 5-day delivery service and are wading deep in some unfamiliar territory with a host of new challenges.
I’ve come into touch with aspects of myself that have been long buried and at the same time find myself having to develop some new capacity to ride this new terrain. I’ve come up short a couple times where there’s a gap between where I’m at and what is required of me – J – so I’m stretching…this is a stretch for us but one we’re adamant is necessary for the Jozi Real Food Revolution.
It’s been daunting but ultimately rewarding. We have a way to go to get ordering days right, our greatest challenge at the moment is that we can’t draw any accurate trends for April so that I know for example what your favorite ordering days are because there were so many holidays over this period and so many of you away.
So I need a couple more weeks of watching how you order to get the ordering right so that we have less gaps in supply through-out the week. Please bear with us and most importantly, talk to me.
Let me know what works well for you with the new service, what isn’t working that well, where you are getting frustrated with supply breaks etc.
The Lapse in Chatter Is Only Temporary..
On a lighter note,  a strength I have that I had completely forgotten about is an uncanny patience with people when I’m transferring information or skill.  I say, uncanny because it looks very contrary to my rather more impatient personality – I’m one of those people that is always in a rush, walks too fast, talks too fast and cant handle people who ‘mosey’ about and dawdle in the traffic.
I have to train a lot at the moment and I tap into what seems like endless patience when I’m teaching others, which has been quite refreshing to be in touch with. I’m not all that fond of my impatient side. Sam needs to learn the office systems from the back-end and is becoming computer literate and it’s taking me away from some of the critical roles I play, like chatting to you and getting you good information pertinent to the Jozi Real Food Revolution.
This is only a temporary situation. Once Sam is up to speed and our new packer all fit to work more on their own, I can get back to doing what is necessary to move this revolution paces forward.
I want to write an article for you on Ambersky Farm and so much more and I’ll get there, I’m just knee deep in learning new systems and training at the moment.
I’ll come more fully back into my old role shortly.
I do miss writing and researching and the connection I’ve always had with you in this space. I was going back this morning over old newsletters trying to find you the sweet potato recipe that I’m sending this week and was amazed at how much I used to write.
I miss those days when I had the time to do more research for you, that said –  this focus on logistics and admin and process is important for now.  Once we’ve got a great foundation in place and it’s working well, I can spend more time getting new info on farms, doing more research and doing new recipes with you. I just need to make sure that I don’t get stuck in the day-to-day detail for now.  Yell at me, if I do, ok?
 
 

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