Jasmine’s 7 Favourite Organic Pantry Staples

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Happy Organic September!Organic September is an initiative from theSoil Association, who work to raise awareness of the many benefits of consuming organic, whether that be food, farming, fashion or beauty. Supporting organic products goes a long way towards the long-term health of the planet and of our bodies, soI try to buy organic foods wherever I can, especially for the ingredients that I use the most in my kitchen. These are my faves.Duchy’s basmati riceI need to have basmati rice in the pantry at all times — it’s the basis ofkitchari, my absolute go-to meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and plenty of other fave recipes too. White rice is much more digestible than brown rice, but Duchy’s do a brown basmati as well if that’s more your speed. Both are grown without artificial chemicals and fertilisers, and part of the sales benefit The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.Supermarket own-brand or farmers’ market organic eggsA few years ago, I judged the eggs for the Soil Associ…

Jasmine’s 5 Hot Weather Refreshers

The weather may be changeable, but there have been an awful lot of very hot days around these parts lately. On a scorching day when I’m just looking to cool down, these recipes are some of my sweet pick-me-ups for keeping cool and calm.

Fennel, Grape & Mint Refresher

This is a beautifully fragrant and refreshing alternative to a summer Pimm’s, especially since alcohol is dehydrating. You just need a blender and a sieve for this one.

Frozen Grapes

The easiest recipe ever, frozen grapes are exactly what they sound like, and they are a taste sensation. You’ll wonder why you’d never frozen your bunch of grapes before.

Tamarind Juice

Ditch the cola for this sweet tangy nectar that I first tasted on my travels to Zanzibar a couple years ago. It’s made using dried tamarind pulp or fresh tamarind if you can get your hands on it.

Mango Lassi Mousse

If your sweet tooth is calling, this mango lassi mousse is just the thing. It’s light, airy and super summery, and can be made with coconut yoghurt for that piña colada vibe.

Coconut, Lime & Mint Ladoo

An easy, delicious and nutritious snack that you can make with the whole family. These Indian-inspired nut ball is super cooling for summer thanks to the coconut, lime and mint.



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