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Herbs and Spices are usually more of a seasoning and we tend to sprinkle one or two into the odd recipe. However, did you know that Herbs and Spices are absolutely packed with Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory compounds. This makes them a very cost-effective way of improving your health.

Herbs and Spices can be extremely helpful in common conditions such as poor digestion, inflammation, circulation, and immunity problems and much more. They are used in other parts of the world as the main - and sometimes only - medicine. They also add powerful flavour and taste to our foods. I am going to focus on Digestion and Inflammation and suggest which Herbs and Spices may be beneficial.


Signs of poor digestion include irregular or loose bowel movements, bloating, pain, and Acid Reflux. Recommendations: Ginger, Basil, Mint, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Horseradish, Thyme, Black pepper, Nutmeg


Signs of Inflammation include inflammatory skin disorders like eczema, heart problems, depression, pain (such as arthritis), inflammatory bowel disease and many more. Recommendations: Turmeric, Ginger, Black pepper

One of my favourite ways to incorporate herbs and spices into my diet are through homemade Curries. Perfect for this time of year as Winter is approaching.

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the marinade

800g Chicken Thigh Fillets (cut into large bite size chunks).

75g Greek Yoghurt

1 tbsp Garlic paste

1 tbsp Ginger paste

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1tsp Ground Cumin

2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

2 tsp ground Coriander

1 heaped tsp Garam Masala

1 tsp Salt

For the Curry

1 tbsp Rapeseed or Coconut Oil

50g Butter

1 large White Onion (chopped)

1 tbsp Garlic (minced)

1 large tbsp chopped Ginger

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tsp Ground Turmeric

1 tsp Garam Masala

½ tsp Cayenne Pepper

2 tsp Ground Coriander

1 tsp Ground Cumin

¼ tsp Ground Cardamon

400g Chopped Tin Tomatoes

200ml Chicken Stock

125ml Double Cream

2 tsp Honey or Maple Syrup

1 tsp Salt


Put the Chicken in a mixing bowl with all the marinade ingredients. Mix well and leave in fridge overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.

Put the Chicken onto some foil and Grill on each side for four minutes.

Next make the Sauce – add Oil and Butter to the pan, fry off the Onion and Ginger, until the Onion becomes translucent. Add the Garlic and fry for another 3 minutes. Add the dry spices and continuously sit for 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes and let the sauce summer lightly for five minutes. Remove from the heat and blend in a machine or handheld blender, until smooth.

Place back on the heat and stir in the Chicken, Stock, Cream, Honey and salt.

Bring back to a medium simmer for ten minutes. Finally add the Lemon juice.

Don’t be afraid of using some good quality Butter and Cream. Lower in Lactose, so easier to digest and full of beneficial fats and a good dose of Vitamin A. Lots of the above herbs and spices are also fat-soluble which means they need fat in order for us to absorb them. Fats also provide satiety which means we are less likely to overindulge. *

If you are Vegetarian or Vegan, you could use Cauliflower or Chickpeas instead of Chicken.

Written by Nutritional Therapist Emma Bulbeck. If you would like more information on the services offered by Emma, visit www.emmabulbecknutrition.co.uk or follow Emma on Instagram @emmabulbecknutrition

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The Government has announced a second lockdown for England, to run from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December. During this time, Southbourne Farm Shop will be open as normal: Monday - Saturday 7am - 5:30pm, Sunday 8am - 4pm. Our suppliers were able to keep us well stocked during the previous lockdown, and we anticipate the same to apply again.

Our own Artisan bread will be baked as normal, Tuesdays - Saturdays, and Johnsons Fishmongers will be with us every Tuesday and Friday, 11am-2pm.

We have hand sanitiser available for everyone's use at the entrance, and signage to remind customers to wear a mask and be aware of social distancing. At peak times, we will need to limit the number of customers in the shop at any one time.

Our Home Delivery service is still available for customers over 70 or with underlying health conditions who live in certain regions. More information can be found via the link below.

We also have an Order Collection service.

Home Delivery and Order Collection Service

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We have recently laid shingle on an area of our field which has been used as an overflow car park for several years. Having shingle rather than grass will allow the area to be safer and easier to use for our customers, especially as the winter approaches. The shingle will also allow efficient drainage in wet weather, and our intention is to line the overflow area with new trees and shrubs by the roadside.

Unfortunately, we had not realised that a planning application would need to be submitted for this change, and we are therefore retrospectively submitting a planning application to Chichester District Council.

We would be very grateful to any of our customers who would be able to write a letter of support to help the application pass successfully. We are conscious that the car park will get busier as Christmas approaches, and our new food collection service will also increase the amount of cars using the shop. We are also aware that the car park is used for other local amenities by the local community.

If you are able to write a letter of support, please send your letter to Chichester District Council, Planning Dept, Pallant House, East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY.

It is important to quote the reference number 20/02722/FUL in your letter.

The planning application can be viewed here, using the reference number to search: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/viewplanningapplications

This has been an unusual year, and we are grateful for the support of our customers throughout the pandemic. Having an extra overflow car park will help us alleviate the strain on our existing car park as we proceed into winter, especially as on occasion the congestion to park can spill on to the turning off the Main Road.

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Southbourne Farm Shop
Main Road


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West Sussex

PO10 8JN