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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Changing direction...

As from June 2012 I ceased trading at local farmers markets, one of the main issues for me was the vehicle mileage that I was clocking up and I really wanted to reduce my car dependency.
I've also stopped trading on Louth market as the volumes sold did not warrant the preparation time involved.
This has given me more spare time to increase the amount of cycle training that I can do at local schools
through the Wolds Sports Partnership.
We now supply vegan foods to the Wholefood co-op in Louth usually delivered fresh on a Wednesday, if you'd like to order food for collection at the shop then please let me know on 01507 607252 or email jolleyskitchen@fastmail.fm

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Peak Oil and Packaging

The way we package our products has been transformed in the last 50 years, previously, cardboard & paper were used to dispense goods purchased. This wasn't too much of a problem for non food items but with the advent of supermarkets and the need to extend shelf life plastic packaging was the miracle that allowed the explosion in consumption of foods transported thousands of miles around the globe. It is only fairly recently that this behaviour was questioned in mainstream thinking, plastic carrier bags, once the epitome of convenience, have come to represent the changing attitude of our society towards plastic packaging. The enormous amount of waste that this packaging generates is astonishing. Go to http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/ for some waste wacky facts! One of the reasons that this level of waste has become unacceptable (other than running out of places to bury things) is the sustainability of the practice of converting something as irreplaceable as crude oil, into throwaway plastic packaging.

Oil is a finite resource and we are rapidly approaching a time (possibly already passed it) when we shall consume more oil than we discover, this is called the point at which oil supply has reached it's peak. As you might imagine this is not terrific news for a society that has been formed on the assumption that oil will always be plentiful and cheap. To combat the wastage problem the plastics industry have produced recyclable plastic packaging, this is reducing the plastic ending in landfill, however the energy required to recycle, particularly when you allow for collection costs, means we are still using up more oil energy to keep our food fresh while it is transported, displayed and sold. A relatively new alternative is now available which is the production of packaging from sustainable resources such as corn starch. However even this  welcome introduction is not a long term panacea.
 As the global population increases over the coming decades using land that could be used for growing food to grow packaging does not make much sense, and also you still need to use some form of energy to constantly replace the disposed of packages. So maybe the answer is the sourcing of food much closer to home which will eventually mean that we can dispense with disposable packaging altogether and begin a much more sensible practice of reusable packaging.

Anyway back to the short term, we are pleased to announce that the foods that you purchase from Jolley's Kitchen will always be supplied in sustainable corn starch tubs and bags. These containers are not as strong as plastic equivalent so care must be taken with carrying them and they do not microwave! but they are compostable. Unfortunately the local councils are, as yet, not in a position to take them in the Green waste collections, so you will need to use your own, or a friends, compost heap.

If you have any views on the future for food packaging you can leave a comment below


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Cycle routes now available

Lincolnshire Wolds CYCLE ROUTES now available!
Jolley's Kitchen are proud to have been associated with
the production of a set of 6 Cycle routes set in and around
the Louth area. Designed to be easy to use , each route is split into page by page stages, the aim is to encourage locals and visitors alike to explore the delightful Wolds countryside by bike. Full details of each route make it easy for the user to decide on which route to try. Some are more challenging than others!
The routes are available from a number of outlets around the local area, including Jolley's stall on Louth's Friday market! They will also be available for download from the web site of the Wolds Countryside Service.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Stamford Apple Juice now available from Jolley's

Stamford Juice Co. produce pure apple juice or "liquid apple" as they call it.

Jolley's kitchen is now a distributor for their delightful produce.

The juice has no added sugar or preservatives ,it is available in 25cl and 75 cl bottles and tastes delicious!

If you'd like to try some, pop down to louth market on a Friday between 8.30-3.30 find our stall and we'll be pleased to offer you a free taster.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Jolley's at Portland College, Mansfield

We had a very good day at Portland College last Sunday. The event was a fundraising Horticultural Fair. As well as our range of vegetable foods we also sold Fresh herbs from Waltham herbs and Organic bottled fruit & vegetable juices from James White.

The event was well attended but the intense heat drove most people back to their own gardens for a leisurely lunch!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Jolley's food now stocked at Louth's Wholefood Co-op

We are pleased to report that Jolley's Hummus & Cashew Nut Roast can now be obtained at Louth's Wholefood Co-op between Wednesday & Saturday every week.

Jolley's at Gunby Hall

Gunby Hall Spring Plant Fair

Jolley's Kitchen attended the Gunby Hall Plant Fair on Sunday 6th April. Gunby Hall is owned by the National Trust and managed by Clare Ayres.

Built in the early 18th Century it has magnificent gardens and is well worth a visit.

The Plant Fair was well attended and we had a very enjoyable day selling our range of vegetable produce. The weather was lovely although a little bit chilly - though at least we avoided the snow that was swirling around the rest of the region! The Hall is open on restricted times so check their website www.gunbyhall.ic24.net.

Saturday, 29 March 2008


This is an easy way to make a tasty, nutritious meal using local seasonal vegetables. As all of the cooking fluid is consumed you’ll avoid wasting any precious minerals and vitamins.

The method is simple but allow one hour from start to finish.

Make the spice mix first, for 4 generous servings you’ll need:

Turmeric - 4tsp
Ground coriander - 4tsp (freshly ground seeds, preferably)
Ground cumin - 2tsp (freshly ground seeds, preferably)
Garlic - 4 cloves finely chopped
Root Ginger - 15gms/0.5oz (grated)
Fresh chilli - 1 med sized, de-seeded and chopped (use 1 tsp of dried chilli if fresh unavailable)
Cardamon pods - 10 pods, de-husk and grind the seed

Then prepare the vegetables:

Onion 2 med size , chopped (use chopped leeks or shallots as an alternative)
Potatoes 700gm/1.5lbs diced

Now for the rest of the vegetables:

You’ll need about 1.0kg/2.2lbs to make sure everyone gets a good generous helping.
You’ll find all of these lovely organic vegetables grown locally at various times of the year.
Choose a mix of around 6 different vegetables, remember to select a range of colours for maximum nutritional benefit.
Here is a guide on the preparation of a variety of vegetables.
To ensure that all the vegetables cook evenly dice the slower cookers (i.e carrots, swede) finer than the quickly cooked (e.g. potato, cauliflower).

Broccoli (normal or Romanesco)/cauliflower): Break off into small florets then dice the remaining stalk.
Carrots/parsnip/swede/squash: Slice or dice into small chunks
Kohlrabi/celeriac/turnip: dice into small chunks
Cabbage/Kale/spinach/chard: roughly shredded
Fresh beans or peas: prepare into quickly cooked portions,(whole,de-podded or sliced)

• When all the preparation is complete, heat 4tbsp of good quality oil (Olive/rapeseed /sunflower) in a medium size pan.
• Add the onions(or leeks/shallots) and fry gently for 3 minutes.
• Add the spice mix and fry for a further 2 minutes.
• Add the prepared vegetables and turn them thoroughly into the spice mix.
• Add 200ml/7floz of water, it will begin to boil rapidly, so continue stirring the mix .
• Reduce to a gentle heat, cover and cook for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Check that the vegetables are tender and that most of the water has been reduced.
• Dispense into a large bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper.
• Garnish with freshly chopped herbs.

Although the quantities listed above may seem too large for your needs, you will save time and energy by producing a bigger batch initially, as any leftovers can be easily saved, chilled and reheated without losing any of the fantastic flavour.
If you fancy a spicier version add more chilli or ginger.

Monday, 24 March 2008


200g gluten free plain flour
Half tsp of dried yeast granules
Half tsp of salt
Half tsp of sugar
240ml warm water
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 and a half tsp olive oil

For the topping
Half tin of chopped tomatoes
Small tub of Jolley's Powerpack Condensed soup
plus...whatever you fancy!


  • Divide the warm water into two containers, mix the sugar and yeast in one of the containers and leave for 15 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7

  • Lightly oil the pizza pan and prepare your toppings

  • Put the flour, mixed herbs and salt into a large bowl, mix, and then add the yeast mixture. Mix well.

  • Mix in the olive oil and then the remaining water gradually. Stop when the mix is a very thick batter.

  • Pour the mix into the centre of the pan and spread evenly but not too thinly.

  • Bake in top of oven for 5 minutes

  • Remove from the overn and reduce temperature to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5

  • Spread the chopped tomatoes over the pizza.

  • Spread the Powerpack condensed soup over the tomatoes and then add your own toppings. Garnish with fresh or dried herbs.

  • Return to the oven and bake for a further 15 mins.

  • Enjoy!


Serves 4

200g gluten free Penne pasta
1 can of butter beans
1 tub of Jolley's Coriander Roots condensed soup
1 clove organic garlic
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Fresh chopped coriander or parsley


  • Cook pasta as per packet instructions

  • Drain and rinse butter beans

  • Gently heat the sunflower oil in a saucepan

  • Finely chop the garlic and add to the pan

  • Stir gently before adding the drained butter beans

  • Allow to beans to infuse the garlic, whilst stirring constantly

  • Add the tub of Jolley's Coriander Roots condensed soup

  • Stir gently until heated through

  • Drain pasta and gently stir into sauce

Garnish with the herbs and serve immediately.
Enjoy on it's own or with a freshly prepared salad.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Jolley's at Bristol Vegan Fayre

One of the first markets we did was the popular Bristol Vegan Fayre, in June last year.
It was a scorcher of a day, but overall was a great success. When we first started out we were selling soup and falafel as a fast-food alternative, but as the months have progressed we have moved to selling tubs of soup and veggie food to be taken away. It made sense to us to provide people with healthy, gluten and wheat-free food that they could easily cook at home.

A big bonus of the Vegan Fayre was that we got to know lots of vendors, and met some really interesting people - all of them passionate, like us, about healthy food and fresh ingredients.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

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