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Saran Davies

Saran Davies


I am a first year Biological Sciences student at the University of Bristol. I have a major passion for all things outdoors and cooking. I love sourcing local produce and cooking as many things from scratch as possible. I am currently a regular...

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6 May 2014

Day 6: Local Food Tastes Better

I have done zero revision today and instead of feeling exceptionally guilty I actually feel great! I had two lectures so had no time to think about making an extravagant breakfast this morning, so porridge again but I added an extra twist by putting walnuts on top. It was great because this added to the creaminess of the porridge but also gave me an early morning protein boost. With lectures from 11-1 done I was about to head home until I remembered I had to pick up a report on Owl Pellets that I had completed last term. I think this is where today’s drive for revision died! I miraculously managed a first and after having a celebratory high-five with a course mate (so cool), I walked home with a spring in my step. I had another portion of my spaghetti bolognese for lunch and there is still yet another portion to go in the fridge! Instead of returning to my room and reading more exciting things about how plants have adapted to life on land, I spent the entire afternoon watching catchup TV on my laptop! Felt very cheeky. And the revision front didn’t improve after this… By 6 o’clock I had to go to my weekly Zumba class and revision time was disappearing fast! But with the combination of moves like ‘jazz hands’ and ‘milking the disco cow’ I had forgotten all about the need to learn more about plants and the only thing now on my mind was supper. This came in the form of roasted and pan fried chicken leg with roasted peppers, swede, onion and potato with some steamed broccoli on the side. Amazingly tasty! Chicken on the bone is so flavoursome. Think it also has something to do with buying it from the butchers – another reason to support our local food shops.

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3 May 2014

Day Number 3

Today was much better than yesterday both food-wise and time-wise. I visited the Bristol Food Connections Festival and it was brilliant! So to prepare myself for a long day of food hunting in the festival I had the hearty breakfast that is porridge (again!). I have actually started to look forward to my early morning fix of porridge which is great because all the ingredients come from such local places. For lunch today I had a very small top up of food to leave space for all the amazing things in the festival. This was just butter on 3 slices of some lovely organic malt loaf that I bought in the shop Wild Oats. So, with some extra fuel in the tank I set off for the food phenomenon dragging some of my flat mates along in the process. After we had walked around a few tents they all appreciated that I had brought them! I went to watch the recording of BBC 4's Farming Today at Harbourside which was great and I really enjoyed listening to the topics that came. Could say it was food for thought! After a long day of dribbling over so much amazing food it was time to come home and for supper I made the homely Italian favourite: Spaghetti Bolognese. It turned out to be really rich and tasty and the lovely mince that came from the butchers added to the dish. All in all a very successful day and no disasters like yesterday's!

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2 May 2014

Day 2: Going Veggie

Breakfast today was porridge again but with a berry and raisin twist. It was still really tasty and the added texture made it better. I had lunch at home today and had cheese and onion on toast with a small salad side garnish. This was a particularly good meal because the cheese was from Somerset, the butter was from 2 miles away from my childhood home in Pembrokeshire and the bread was baked in the shop Wild Oats! A very good balance. Supper came as a bit of a disaster because I tried to make an eggy vegetarian carbonara with mushrooms and onions instead of bacon and the eggs were overcooked and rubbery which made eating it unpleasant! The flavour was there but the texture was all wrong. Sad times, especially when all of the ingredients came from such a good place! I will try harder next time. Tomorrow I look forward to visiting the Bristol Food Connections Festival and enjoying a carnivorous day eating more lovely meat from the butchers!
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1 May 2014

Day 1 Of The Challenge!

Day 1 has been great fun and very tasty! For breakfast I had some locally sourced porridge with a cheeky sprinkling of demerara sugar BUT it was organic even though it had Brazilian roots AND it came from a local independent shop (Wild Oats) so I think it's only a slap on the wrist for that one.... I am not eating plain porridge! Lunch was also great and I discovered the amazing place that is St Nick's market. So many delicious looking food stalls! I chose to get a pulled pork roll from the Grillstock stall which turned out to be a major win - not only was it super tasty but the pork came from free range and organic pigs that were on a local farm. And supper wasn't too bad either, I say wasn't too bad, I mean awesome! I had an amazing lamb chop from the butchers Ruby and White and a tasty selection of roasted root vegetables which came from my veg box. All in all very good and this challenge is very fun. Look forward to what tomorrow brings!

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