It feels like ages since I really sat down to write a blog post. At the moment, blogging is just not something I really find the time for. Also, auto sync between my phone and computer stopped working a few months ago, so every time I want to get pictures for a post, I have to connect my phone with a cable (*gasp*) and transfer them manually. I know this sounds so it-snobby, but it just really changes the ease with which I put posts together.
Anyways, enough complaining. The main reason why my time is short is because I have a lot of great stuff to do, and luckily, a lot of it makes for interesting pictures, so here is a bunch.
The abundance that is our vegetable box. I’m so excited every Friday for the box to arrive and to see what is in it (Last week, we had the first baby spinach of the season!!). I have gone down the slippery slope of home making and last week I spent waaay too much time in the kitchen, trying new things.
I intend to dedicate Fridays to the kitchen in the future, because I realise I have to take care not to get distracted too much during the week by new recipes and ideas.
I’m not sure if I have talked about this new feature in our kitchen already. Trev and I decided to buy some of our staple foods from a bulk order company. We are trying to eat a very low carb high protein diet so our meals mainly consist of fresh veggies and pulses and grains like quinoa and buckwheat. These are our boxes of almonds and cashew nuts, which we use for making milk, sauces, and vegan spreads like this one:
Cashew spread with garlic, yeast flakes and mustard. It’s a phantastic replacement for cheese in veggie bakes and lasagnes.
This is how we store our dry goods. We’ve got two kinds of lentils, three different beans, hemp seeds (also for making very healthy milk), buckwheat and quinoa.
And chickpeas, lots of chickpeas. In fact, 25 kg of chickpeas:
Chickpeas are really versatile, but my favourite thing is when Trev makes lots of hummus from them.
When the vegbox arrives, I look through the things that we got, and I try to prepare stuff for the coming week. I wash all the stuff that has earth on it (like carrots, celeriac, and beets), I pre-cut and wash things like leeks or cabbage, and I decide which fruit will go into our morning smoothies. I make a smoothie for Trev to take to work every morning, but he’s often in a hurry, so it’s good to be prepared. (Celery, apple and ginger smoothie last week was amazing!)
I try to at least have a rough idea of meals to cook for the week, because a lot of the dry goods need to be soaked overnight to be ready for cooking in the evening. This requires a little bit of flexible thinking because we are very used to deciding about dinners spontaneously. But we’re getting better.
Black turtle beans in the sunlight. So pretty!
Here is what our milk looks like. We use it mainly for sauces, smoothies and our home made chai tea. Making milk from seeds or nuts is incredibly easy and so much cheaper than buying overly diluted crap from the supermarket. Also, it is endlessly satisfying to make your own food, not just as in cooking, but to be able to make staples like milk, spreads, pestoes, flour…
Most of them are dead easy and once you’ve tried it once, you wonder why you ever bought that item from a store, and why you were thinking that there was some sort of magic behind producing it that only food companies could perform…
Here’s another example: Stock from veggie cuttings. So simple! (Keep clean and unspoilt cuttings, as soon as you have a pot full, fill up with water, salt slightly, let simmer for an hour, filter into a bottle, voila!)
I am also, after a long period of not having too much time to experiment, got back into my quest of replacing store bought and plastic wrapped self care and cleaning products with home made versions.
I have started fairly low key, experimenting with making liquid soap from bar soap (since I got gifted really fancy soap from Trev’s grandma, but don’t really like using bars). That one turned into a bit of a scene from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, as apparently I added way too much glycerine to my mixture and had to keep diluting it with water to make it liquid and ended up with approximately onehundredandeightysquare hectoliters of soap.
But the important bit is: It works and I have been refilling our washing up liquid and hand soap dispenser with something that cost me about two pounds (for a small bottle of glycerine that will probably last half a lifetime) and I still have enough soap to keep refilling for another year at least.
I’m dabbling with different shampoo ideas, but haven’t yet been able to find a satisfying solution.
The picture below is just some weird bubble bath from lush that came in a really funny consistency (supposed to be like silly putty so you can play with it before tossing in the bath, but well… meh.), so I just diluted it with water, warmed it up and turned it into liquid bubble bath.
As well as whipping up a quick garlic and sesame oil ear tincture (for that weird ear pain I’ve had for weeks now), I also prepared some sugaring paste to use instead of wax – haven’t been able to try it yet though.
I’ve tried sugaring a few years ago, but found it very time consuming and messy. I’m giving it another shot, maybe I can make it a bit more efficient. It would be really cool, since I prefer waxing to shaving a thousand times, but all the wax used (not to speak of the money) is giving me a bit of a bad consciousness.
I’ll keep you posted about my ongoing experiments. For this week though I promised myself to keep it down and work more on art projects that really need finishing.
Wishing you a great day!