Archive | January, 2010

The experiment continued…

13 Jan

Day 4: Thai noodle salad with sweet orange sauce

The cabbage didn’t make it unfortunately and even though it was the inspiration for this dish the salad was still amazing. Pantry ingredients: Arrowroot noodles, cripsy noodles, sesame oil, sesame seeds, potato starch, sugar.

Also on day 4: Banana cake with orange & coconut icing

Day 5: Soy, Ginger, Honey & Sesame salad

I enjoyed the salad the night before so much I made a variation of it while Bob was away. PI’s: Arrowroot noodles, sesame oil, sesame seeds.

Day 6: Potato and Leek Soup

Another recipe from Vegan Yum Yum and perfect to use that sorry looking leek in the fridge. PI’s Chicken stock (vegan), vegetable stock, vegan parmesan, salt.

Almost at the 1 week mark and we’ve hardly made a dent on the crap in the pantry.

A Tribute to Simon Gray

12 Jan

Found: Toenail clippers

Location: Adelaide airport next to the baggage conveyor.
In true Simon Gray style I seized the opportunity to take something that I would have once thought of as junk on the ground and come to love it as my very own thing. I like to think that I rescued them.

These clippers work fine and are sharp as ever. I did my nails with them a few days ago and was certainly impressed with their precision.

If you don’t know who Simon Gray is, or even if you do – you should read his blog

He is a friend of mine and I’m sorry to say that I just did not have enough time to catch up with him in Adelaide. I’m hoping that he will accept this tribute as a sincere apology from me.

I’m ready

12 Jan

To follow on from my posts about baking soda…

The deodorant is still going great. I am hooked.

I abandoned the toothpaste even though it was doing a great job. I started getting what felt like little burns on my lips after using it. I will still use it from time to time but just not as my main toothpaste.

I was lost there for a little while – using the generic stuff and hating it. Then I decided to try Riddells Creek Organic Mint Toothpaste. The main active ingredient is baking soda but it doesn’t have the same effect on my lips. At first I wasn’t convinced that I liked it due to the sweet aftertaste. But I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and I’m very happy with it.

I’ve also found an Oral B toothbrush which is so far living up to my expectations. I always have the motorised one as a fall back.

Hooray!

As previously mentioned, we are pretty much out of shampoo. I believe this to be a perfect opportunity to try something that I’ve made myself. I’ve decided not to get into creating something with loads of complex ingredients just yet but I have read that baking soda and water do the trick.

I plan on trying it this week and I’ll show you a before and after shot.

Buy Less Crap – The Experiment

10 Jan

It started in a hurry and caught me off guard. (if you don’t know what the hell I’m on about see the post “Use what you have instead of buying more crap” Below)

I did my last visit to the grocery store, without a list… without even thinking about what I really needed. I just grabbed a few bits and pieces.

When I got home I suggested to Bob that maybe we start next week so that we are a bit more organised. He said that being organised defeats the purpose and that we should just start now…
I surrendered and agreed.

It doesn’t seem really daunting when you look at a cupboard and fridge that have recently been stocked. It just feels like a regular day. But deep down inside, I know that it’s different.

I am already beginning to see things that will run out in no time. The first one a came across is shampoo (oh dear). I hardly use it and Bob forgot to tell me it was low so now we’ve found ourselves in a little bit of a pickle. Do I break the rules and buy more? Go without? Make my own?

All are tempting. I’ll ask Bob what he reckons tomorrow and keep you posted.

We are three days in. We have a rule that we need to use something from the pantry with every meal – it’s pretty easy really.
Breakfasts and lunches have been pretty standard (we ate out on the weekend too) but I have been documenting dinners:

Day 1: Eggplant Parmies with Roast Vegies & Gravy

Mine was without the pile of cheese. Pantry ingredients: Rice crumbs, Egg replacer, Cornflour, Salt, Pepper, Gravy, Flaxseed oil, Apple cider vinegar

Day 2: Spinach & Leek Quiche with Polenta crust

The polenta was Bob’s idea and it was actually pretty good. I prefer crusty pastry though. Pantry ingredients: Polenta, Chicken stock (vegan)

Day 3: Tomato Cream & Mushroom Pasta

I forgot to take a photo of this one. This pic is from the recipe book we got the idea from (Thanks Georgia) but it looked pretty much the same. Pantry ingredients: Pasta, Cashews, Flaxseed Oil.

We hope that we can clear out crap that we probably won’t replace and keep a list of the stuff that we do want to replace. The only thing on the list so far is Polenta.

We are having some guests over this weekend and the weekend after that. I had a little freak out that maybe we should break the rules in case we need something extra to cater for them. Bob reassured me that we will be fine. He’s right.

We have some bananas and a cabbage that we need to use up this week so I’ll keep you informed of our progress!

We have not bought any crap for 3 days.

Everything

10 Jan

I’ve just finished reading this book about factory farming. If everyone could read it – the world could be a much more positive place and people would actually be informed about the realities surrounding animals raised for meat production.

If information about where your food comes from was available, would you want to know?

To me, not wanting to know is selfishly choosing ignorance & taste over things that are far more important such as your health, the environment, the future of diseases in the world, animal rights, sustainability and positive change.

If you are brave enough to find out the truth about your food then read this book – I’ll lend it to you.

Once you know, everything changes.

Everything.