Good Evening and Happy New Year to you all and thank you for reading in 2016, I hope you will continue to do so and I will try to make my content interesting each week.
On Monday, The Main Deal will officially be 2 years old and im happy to say it’s achieved a fair amount of great things in this period. Helping local businesses be seen, helping local businesses cross market, helping them to shop local and see the benefits of doing so. Giving a lot of businesses a future. Connecting community with information and helping out and steering local projects and there's more to come in this, my third year, as we grow bigger doors are opening. Without you following and using The Main Deal, I wouldn't be here, so thank you, so very much.
And to add to the 2 Anniversary and in case I haven’t shouted loud enough. I have been nominated for 2 Yorkshire Choice Awards, so please vote. #itsovertoyou
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I look forward to adding, Flowers by Chloe this week and The Willow Park Park Farm, our 2 new members of the new year.
Pride and Produce will be opening its evening Bistro doors on Friday 27th January and we will see every Friday and Saturday evenings changing for the better, with;
La Bella Vita
Three Sisters Supper Club at Cielo
The Station House Café
Local Pubs with events
Weatherspoon’s opening in March
Our evenings in Garforth are looking great...... make sure your visit and book a table at Pride 286 5222
We will our first WI opening at Firthfields on January the 17th at 8pm. You can follow them on twitter @WYFWI for more information. There is an annual membership fee of £39, so cheques at the ready.... go Women.
Mum in Garforth #MIG
Cooking Resolutions for the New Year
I don't like New Year's resolutions normally; mine usually get forgotten within a few weeks or aren't specific enough to keep me on track. In the past I've had resolutions on what I should or shouldn't eat. This year instead of the what I'm eating, I'm going to focus on the how it's made. It's about what I can eat, not what I can't. Here are my three resolutions...
1. Try new recipes and make more meals from scratch.
I'm good at making healthy, nutritious meals, however my repertoire is not very large and I sometimes add jarred sauces to things I'm cooking.
Now, I'm going to make my meals from scratch and add at least one new dish to the rotation each month. To help me with this, I got myself a blank recipe book so I can add recipes and notes when I try new things. This will also make it easy to quickly scan for meal ideas when I don't know what to make for dinner.
2. Eat cakes and treats - as long as I make them myself.*
Considering how much spare time I have for baking while I'm looking after four month old baby Tommy, my sugar intake is bound to decrease dramatically. And I'll know exactly what's in what I eat.
*Excluding dessert after Sunday dinner of course! And the occasional quality treat on a special occasion.
3. Stick to sourdough breads.
These don't use yeast as a raising agent and are much easier on the digestive system. That means saying goodbye to Hovis and other supermarket breads, but lucky for me all the delicious bread at Domouchel in Garforth is sourdough and it's only a ten minute walk away. Do, this one isn't exactly a sacrifice.
Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to see how my resolutions are going. Who knows, maybe you'll get some ideas for you own kitchen at home.
This of course was going to be a big one this week, due to LCC Planning Council approving Dominoes onto our high street; only yesterday
After 20+ individual objections and being part of a steering group yesterday and trying to get all the facts and points as to why we should object Dominies coming to our High Street, it appears it was all a waste of time, as no-one was prepared to listen. We were already in a losing battle yesterday as we were last on the Agenda. The first item took an unnecessary 2 hours and the other 1.5 hours, with lots of comments discussions and some fraught words on these cases. By 4.45pm the Councillors in panel were clearly ready to clock off; not sure there is a budget for overtime with LCC so we were left with vert little time!
The lovely Sue McQuire, Secretary of Garforth Neighbourhood Planning Forum was our speaker; having in mind each side only has 4 minutes to speak and get their very valid points, to the panel - the evening beforehand myself, Sue and the lovely Phil Barrett; a huge supporter in our community; we're lukcy to have such a great ambassador as he could be very instrumental in being part of great projects in our home town; you'll hear of more soon, I'm sure. . Over a very long evening, Phil pulled together the core strategies of Government Health policies, along with some fabulous points about the NHS obesity and health crisis in the UK and the damage it is doing long term to our lovely NHS. The scary truth came out in the figures alone, the biggest one was to read that 34% of our children and 20% of our adults in GARFORTH are Obese!!! So much for a Child Friendly Leeds!
I don’t care who prefers Dominoes, You can order from CROSSGATES AND OULTON and if they don’t deliver to your area, ask for a Dominoes near you! As according to figures, Dominoes want to open a fair few more across Leeds! HOWEVER, I do care that;
For your information here are the other options for pizza. In, out, take it out
Greggs - eat in, take out
The Station House Cafe – Eat in and take out, fresh dough
The Podger – Eat in and Take out, fresh dough, 2 for 1 pizza’s on a Tuesday
Dumouchel – Most Saturdays, take out, fresh dough -
La Bella Vita – eat in, fresh dough, I’m sure if you rang they would make one to go too
Golden Crust/Grill – take out
Grill and Chill – take out
Valentino’s – take out, fresh dough
Sweetshakes do Pizza Paninis
Plus all the others you can order to your home on JUSTEAT
I don’t think I want to look at pizza for a while and when I do, it will be bought from an Independent
On another sort of planning matter; it was sad to see Ladycares close its doors on Christmas Eve, proving that if we don’t use them, we lose them.
In March we will see Harris GreenGrocers taking over the building – again not giving us enough variety here. Landlords don’t care, they just want their properties filled. I hope it doesn’t hinder on Lee at The GreenGrocer and Chris’ Fruit and Veg.
This year we will see more great things happening, as I mentioned in an earlier post on Facebook this week, a lot of great local people are getting behind some fabulous local projects and making good changes to bring us a great year. I will, of course be updating you as we go along, but it’s up to you to particiapate, be part of the growth, help these ideas too flourish, you, they and we make a better place to live, as clearly we can’t leave it down to LCC planning.
Until next week……………..
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth 20 years ago; you may have seen me around ?