Saturday, 28 June 2008
200g/7oz jumbo porridge oats
25g/1oz flaked bran or wheat germ
75g/3oz barley or rye flakes
50g/2oz hazelnuts, lightly crushed
50g/2oz flaked almonds
50g/2oz dried, ready-to-eat apricots, roughly chopped
50g/2oz dried, ready-to-eat figs, roughly chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.
2. Place the oats, flaked bran or wheat germ, barley or rye flakes, hazelnuts and almonds on a large baking tray and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, shaking and turning in the tray halfway through. Take the tray from the oven and leave to cool: this should take only about 10 minutes. 3. Mix the toasted ingredients with the sultanas, apricots and figs. These fruits are only suggestions: you can use whatever you prefer, for example dried apple, mango, papaya, dates or cherries.
4. You can eat this muesli straight away with milk.
A good place to buy muesli ingredients in the UK is Holland and Barrett. If you live in London, you could win extra eco points by buying these ingredients loose at Unpackaged - they have everything except the rye or barley flakes. In the US, you should find everything at Whole Foods.
NB: Check out my other muesli posts, here.
Friday, 27 June 2008
*Check out the recipe I have posted here. Or if you can justify the extortionate spend on food from the local deli, Lovely Lazy has a delicious range of mueslis which I have written about here.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Fresh mint ice cream with a chocolate brownie
Pineapple and chilli sorbet
Melon and ginger sorbet
Lemongrass ice cream
Star Anise and Saffron Ice Cream
Beetroot and Cassis Sorbet
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
According to this article, crab is in plentiful supply in the UK.
This is a list from Greenpeace of fish to avoid: (see link for more information, there are a few exceptions under some species.)
Red list fish: species at high risk of being sourced from fisheries using destructive practices -
Skates and Rays
In the US, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has some good information on seafood to avoid here.
“Do you think this crab is from a sustainable source?” I ask.
“Go and ask one of the fishermen,” says FNF, pointing to a group of men in yellow waxed jackets and trousers. “I need some time alone to research my story. I’m here in a professional capacity, remember.”
I walk up to the fishing village and look in an estate agent’s window. Despite having already remortgaged my flat to decorate it and have some financial slack through the three day working week scenario, I wonder about calling BT to see if beach huts can be wireless enabled. I don’t have any mobile phone reception. The beach hut fantasy might be short-lived.
There's some more information here.
In the US, there's some useful information about VOC's in paint by the US Environmental Protection Agency here and here.
“So what Radio 4 programme have you enjoyed recently?” he asks, raising an eyebrow in intellectual scepticism.
“I was listening to the Today programme just the other day – very topical.”
I tune him out while the interior design vision for my beach hut comes to me. I decide to consult the small spaces editions of Living Etc and Elle Decoration for further advice. I am thinking shabby chic, with pink-striped ticking and calico with dusty rose repeats, and walls painted in environmentally friendly duck-egg blue paint.
“Do you think environmentally friendly paint is resistant to salt and wind?” I ask Food Neurotic Friend.
I try to engage him in an eco debate, asking if it’s more environmentally friendly to have to repaint a beach hut each year in eco-friendly paint with reduced chemicals, or to paint every few years with a more polluting paint, but FNF does not look interested in my interior design dilemma.
“If I set up a business selling cupcakes from a bicycle,” I ask Food Neurotic Friend, undeterred, “can you review it in your newspaper?”
“I write about travel,” he reminds me.
“But aren’t you sleeping with the food columnist?” I ask.
“I’m the only one getting favours” he replies.
Monday, 9 June 2008
This is the BBC coverage about Sainsbury's new milk in a bag. There is an article in The Times about it today too - read it here.
I think it's a great idea. The only thing is, my local council doesn't collect plastic bags for recycling, only plastic bottles. The chances of me collecting these plastic bags and taking them back to the shop is nil. I still think it better to use your local milkman, if you can get a pre-work delivery, or are confident that your street is free from doorstep theft. I've written a previous post about how to find a milkman. Anna Shepard has also written in the Times about the advantages of using a milkman.
Friday, 6 June 2008
My Eco Self has joined the local library, last frequented in my early teens, to improve my environmentally friendly rating. I take out A Fine Balance, a literary masterpiece recommended by a high-brow work colleague. There is an informative notice board advertising a book group, knitting group, and local community choirs. My Eco Self is delighted to see the library runs a battery recycling scheme, a solution for My Eco Self’s secret stash. I devour the book, one of the best I’ve ever read. My Eco Self reviews the genre balance of the current books on my shelves, with a slight predilection for chick-lit, if you include the embarrassing stash in my bedside cabinet, hidden from public view. I wonder what would happen if I set up an environmental interest group, have an inaugural meeting at my house, and an attractive young man from the local allotment group is put off by the content of my bookshelves. I quickly order a copy of A Fine Balance from Amazon to permanently improve the intellectual weighting of my reading material.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
If you want to give your local milkman some business, check here - I just checked my local area which has Dairy Crest deliveries and there is actually the option of organic milk.
This website, Milk and More, also looks like it provides a good service in different parts of the UK, although it doesn't look like a lot of the options are available in glass bottles.
I can't find a US based website which allows people to enter their zip codes and brings up a local dairy - if anyone is aware of one, please let me know and I'll add it here.
“Is your milk organic?” I ask the milkman.
“No” he replies. There’s an eco crisis. Organic milk in non-degrading plastic bottles from supermarket conglomerate, five minutes walk away, or local dairy milk in glass bottles delivered to the door from the milkman and left out for recycling? Before I question the milkman about whether his cart is run on bio-diesel, and suggest that his cart has a makeover, I ask Food Neurotic Friend what he thinks about a milkman service which delivers organic bread, yogurt and ice-cream.
“He could make it over with a 1950s retro look, all pastel colours etc.”
“How much of what you tell me do you think I’m interested in?”
“Goodbye,” I say.
I phone my mother. “Would you like a pastel coloured milk cart to deliver your milk?” “My milkman is out of service” she says.
I’m disappointed. My Eco Self holds her mother partly responsible for putting her local milkman out of business, by buying most of her milk from the supermarket, instead of predicting her consumption accurately and increasing her order when required. I consider phoning up the dairy and asking them if I can buy their unused glass bottles to sell marked up as architectural salvage. I phone FNF again.
“What about the milkman as a distribution channel for my cupcakes?”
“I think it’s about 10%.”
“10% of what?”
“10% of what you tell me that I’m interested in.”
Monday, 2 June 2008
“It’s not difficult,” says Food Neurotic Friend, “you just use make enough for me as well.”