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#15 A Simplicious Challenge: Finding flow through connection

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.

I was planning on writing about homemade cleaning products in this post. I know – riveting! I’m glad that I didn’t too. (But, if you are interested, I’ve made a surface spray and glass cleaner from Live Simply which has worked well. Brooke McAlary has also been discussing ‘slow home cleaning’ on her Slow Your Home podcast recently.) 🙂

Instead, I’ve been reflecting on ‘flow’ and how this looks in different parts of our lives. I had this lovely conversation last week with a couple of work colleagues, about the dire and depressing state of the world (yes really, it was lovely!). We ventured into what sometimes feels like the hopelessness of our efforts to contribute to positive environmental change. I REDcycle, use a bamboo toothbrush and own a keep cup; but my house is still hooked up to gas heating, a finite natural resource. My friend is spending a lot of money to double glaze his windows to reduce their energy needs, but at the end of the day – it’s just one house. Does it ever really make a difference? Are we all just doomed anyway? Continue reading

#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

#13 A Simplicious Challenge: A very Simplicious Christmas

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.

Another Christmas and New Year’s Eve gone! Isn’t it nice to be away from the weirdness that was 2016… Did you see 2016 made into a horror movie trailer?

I’m really excited about getting into a new year, but I did also have one of the nicest holiday periods. Not because we did anything particularly exciting, but just because I got to share in the magic of the holiday season with my kids, I guess. I enjoyed the lead-up during December just as much as the day itself – putting up the Christmas Tree with my boys, visiting the local Christmas lights (though I can’t help but wonder about their electricity bills!), and sitting down to our advent calendar. Each year, my grandparents send us a Jacquie Lawson Advent e-Calendar, which my kids love, and is a fun alternative to the chocolate calendars (not that I have a problem with those, but they last only a sugary second each day!). These advent calendars are set in quaint English villages, and each day the kids get to see a new ‘scene’ from the village, or decorate the village’s Christmas Tree, make a snowman, decorate a wreath; watching their creations gradually make the village more festive over the month. It’s cute, and a little magical. Continue reading

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