Delicious beetroot slaw

If you’ve grown too many beetroot and run out of things to make with it, here is a simple recipe that will surely please – both the eyes and the tastebuds. And beetroot is so good for you.

It’s basically a coleslaw made with raw beetroot plus any other ingredients you fancy – grated apple, carrot, thinly sliced red cabbage. The recipe I use is roughly as below, quantities are not precise but it keeps quite well in the fridge for a week or more if you find you’ve made a bit too much.

Ingredients
2 or 3 medium uncooked beetroot
1 medium carrot optional
1/8 to 1/4 red cabbage, finely sliced
2 small apples optional
good handful of sunflower seeds
a good sprinkle of cumin seeds, toasted in a dry frying pan

Method

  • Using a processor, coarsely grate the beetroot and whatever else you have chosen to put in
  • Transfer to a large bowl, add sliced cabbage and mix with two large forks
  • Add sunflower seeds and toasted cumin seeds
  • Mix thoroughly

Now make the dressing

  • sunflower oil
  • cider vinegar
  • generous shakes of dark soy sauce
  • a couple of tablespoons of orange juice
  • a few good squirts of runny honey

Quantities of the above are really to personal taste. You need a few good glugs of oil and about 1/3 to 1/2 of that quantity of cider vinegar. The other ingredients you can experiment with. I pour them into a cereal bowl and use a small whisk to mix. The dressing is slightly thick. Taste before pouring onto the slaw and thoroughly mixing in. The slaw looks glossy and colourful and tastes delicious!


Solar and PV panel checks – scam alert

I thought I would alert website followers to a scam that I almost fell for!

A week or so ago, I received a call from a company (I think they called themselves the Energy Hub) claiming to have taken over the ‘contract’ for our PV panels when the previous company went out of business. They said that they needed to carry out a ‘health check’ on our panels and arranged to come at an agreed time/date and give us a report. I agreed that they would phone me the day before to confirm the appointment.

Luckily, my husband was very suspicious, so I consulted Google and this is one of the many articles that I found. Needless to say I told them they couldn’t come near our panels and cancelled the proposed visit! I hope this info proves helpful.

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Solar Panel Scam Reports 

Please avoid scam callers regarding your solar panels

Green Energy Electrical have received several reports from customers who have received cold calls warning them about potential hazards with their solar panels.

In some cases, the customers have been told that their panels are a potential fire risk and that an urgent risk assessment is needed to determine whether protective measures are required. These are false claims, being used to put pressure on the customer to agree to a visit. Once in the customer’s home, they are told that their solar panel systems require solar isolator devices. Claims are made that without them, the fire service will not attend a fire caused by the solar panels and that home insurance is invalidated. Again, these are false claims and customers have been quoted up to £3000 to have these isolators installed.

In other cases, cold callers have told customers that a health check or maintenance is required on their solar panel system. During these health check or maintenance visits, customers are then falsely told that their system is in need of upgrade. It might be that the inverter is no longer functioning properly or that the system would be made more productive by adding different components. On some occasions, these cold callers claim to be connected to the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) or even the original installation company. These people are not to be trusted.

The MCS reported in August 2016 that they were aware of the issue and have advised that system owners should not feel pressured into agreeing to any kind of home visit or making any purchases.

If you receive any phone calls or even have someone knock on your door about your solar panels, please proceed with caution and do not agree to a home visit or feel pressured into paying for something. In the event that somebody does contact you and you are unsure of their legitimacy, please contact us straight away on 01277 523220.

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Recycling news

From Waste Advisor William, Suffolk Recycles

Vans, cars with trailers and trade waste can now book a slot.
Vans, cars with trailers and trade waste will now be able to use Recycling Centres with a pre-booked slot at 9 of the 11 Recycling Centres (apart from Haverhill and Leiston).
Some restrictions apply. Head to our website for more information and full list of Terms and Conditions: www.suffolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.

Booking a Recycling Centre time slot

Find out how to book a time slot online for a Recycling Centre in Suffolk as part of a phased re-opening. 

Phased re-opening of Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres have re-opened following closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You need to book a time slot online to visit your local Recycling Centre as part of this phased re-opening.

Using a booking system will:

  • reduce the waiting times of visitors to each Recycling Centre
  • help manage traffic to avoid a dangerous build-up of cars on the roads

Please do not come to a Recycling Centre without a booking. 

You must not visit a Recycling Centre if you or anyone in your household: 

  • has tested positive for COVID-19
  • has COVID-19 symptoms
  • are shielding or at higher risk of coronavirus

Harleston one-way system – confused? You’re not the only one!

If you are thinking of popping into Harleston to do a bit of shopping, don’t be put off by the hoo-hah about the new pedestrianised one-way system. All is explained in the documents below.

Try it for yourself first and then tell South Norfolk District Council what you think – good and bad. We need to support our local towns and local businesses and they need feedback.

Metfield Stores – Extended opening hours

Despite the lockdown – or more likely because of it – our village shop is going from strength to strength. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and the cheerful and hardworking manager, Sue Mead, Metfield Stores continues to offer a wide range of goodies as well as the basics – and all at reasonable prices. 

We are grateful to all the new volunteers who came forward to fill the gaps when several of the regulars became vulnerable, as well as to those who felt able to continue. This has allowed the shop to serve you throughout the pandemic.

As from today, Monday 15 June, we are able again to extend our opening hours (see below). We value our customers and volunteers and encourage you to continue to shop in Metfield even though some Covid-19 restrictions are easing. 

NEW – extended opening hours for your convenience!
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 2pm  Sunday: 10am to 12.30pm
Also available: deliveries for vulnerable folk, Phone & Collect 
Social distancing inside shop – 2 customers at a time only
Tel: 01379 586204

NEW! Regular fruit & veg deliveries. 
You can pre-order by email or come along and see what’s available before ordering.
Good quality and reasonably priced

EXTENDED opening hours at Metfield Stores

Despite the lockdown – or more likely because of it – our village shop is going from strength to strength. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers and the cheerful and hardworking manager, Sue Mead, Metfield Stores continues to offer a wide range of goodies as well as the basics – and all at reasonable prices.

We are grateful to all the new volunteers who came forward to fill the gaps when several of the regulars became vulnerable, as well as to those who felt able to continue. This has allowed the shop to serve you throughout the pandemic.

As from today, Monday 15 June, we are able again to extend our opening hours (see below). We value our customers and volunteers and encourage you to continue to shop in Metfield even though some Covid-19 restrictions are easing. 

NEW – extended opening hours for your convenience!
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 2pm Sunday: 10am to 12.30pm
Also available: deliveries for vulnerable folk, Phone & Collect
Social distancing inside shop – 2 customers at a time only
Tel: 01379 586204

NEW! Regular fruit & veg deliveries.
You can pre-order by email or come along and see what’s available before ordering.
Good quality and reasonably priced