Monthly Archives: March 2017

#14 A Simplicious Challenge: REDcycling, cold soup and an enormous beetroot cheesecake

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

Oops – that was a rather long blogging hiatus. I worked my butt off in January and early February until I finished my last uni subject (yippee!); and then promptly ran out of steam and hit the wall over the last month. I’ve been unusually tired and weary, and have felt the need to bunker down. In that busy parenting way, of course, which still requires the busy school-childcare-work run and all hands on deck!

But I’ve still gotta eat, right? So I’ve continued ticking along. It’s getting down to the final few Simplicious recipes now – closer to the ganache tart, but also the ones I can no longer avoid – like the Bone Marrow Bombs, which keep glaring at me from page 245 and which I keep skipping past.

In waste-related news, a commenter alerted me a few months ago to a fantastic initiative called REDcycle, which I’m really excited about. This initiative recycles soft plastics – think food wrappers and plastic bags – and turns them into outdoor furniture and play equipment. Awesome! Obviously, there is still a huge need to reduce the amount of plastic we all consume overall. Over the last few years we have reduced ours significantly, just by nature of eating less processed food, but it wasn’t until I started saving wrappers for the REDcycle initiative that I realised how much we do still use. Just in the last few days I’ve put aside frozen peas packaging, ziplock bags and freezer bags that are too far gone to be re-used, rice cake wrappers, bread bags – there’s heaps. It’s nice to think it’s being re-purposed for something functional.

Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to participate. Most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets have REDcycle bins out the front of the store (these are not well labelled, you may need to ask at the service desk) for easy disposal. You can check the map to see which stores in your local area are participating. Continue reading

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