Would you eat cricket pizza?

I did, and I enjoyed it!

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Last week, I attended an event by the Aalto Sustainable business club called Into the foodture with my friend Sofia.

We were both quite keen on trying the cricket pizza there. I’ll admit, there was that 3 seconds of looking at the crickets being like “am I really going to eat that?” but then you just put it in your mouth and it tasted fine. It’s possible to quite easily overcome a certain “ew” factor by just deciding to give it a go and eat it! It was really nice going together with Sofia since we’re interested in quite the same things, friends who fearlessly try new foods such as crickets are good to have. Crickets on pizza are not very crispy but still a bit crunchy and chunky. Quite a good piece, something to bite in but not too hard. They don’t taste much in themselves and taste even less than for example chicken. All in all, I think crickets go quite well on pizza but I think I prefer them as a crispy, salty snack. I’ve tried that once before, and I can’t wait until you can start buying roasted crickets as a healthy snack at the supermarket.

I’m usually a pesco-vegetarian but for some reason I don’t really see crickets as meat. I eat fish, so I’m definitely not going to feel bad over eating crickets. Crickets are frozen to death which isn’t supposed to hurt them so makes them even more ethical to eat than fish.  Food is the one thing that has the greatest environmental footprint. The poisonous blue green algae in our sea in the summer, the rate of species dying out, deforestation, pollution of drinking water and climate change are all related to our food production. Sustainable food production will also potentially end hunger crises in the world and is socially really important too.

The event was about how the food sector can be innovative and become more sustainable. Four companies were featured at the event. The cricket farm EntoCube who tries to make people realise there can be alternative sources of animal protein! Right now, the law in Finland doesn’t allow for crickets to be advertised as food, which is silly. But I hope that changes soon. Another great company featured was Helsieni who does urban farming of mushrooms. The mushrooms get their nutrients from biowaste, such as coffeegrounds that is produced in cities. It’s just a great way to reduce transportation and get more fresh food! In general, I really like the idea of urban farming. I don’t think we’re ever going to grow all food in urban areas, that’s impossible. But I think it would be possible to grow all fresh ingredients very locally and reduce transportation and use of land. Then more of the countryside can be nature reservats to preserve biodiversity! Also, by promoting people to eat mushrooms instead of meat the overall environmental footprint of the food is reduced.

Two companies trying to decrease food waste and surplus food being wasted was also there: ResQ Club and From Waste to Taste who runs the surplus food restaurant Loop in Helsinki. I’ve used ResQ club but I realised many restaurants didn’t sell surplus food via the app, but just saw it as a possibility to sell more food in general. So, I started doubting whether I’m actually rescuing any food. Also, everything I bought via the app came in plastic packaging so I got tired of having to recycle so much plastic all the time. But they’re developing the app constantly so maybe I’ll start using it again one day! You get good cheap food via it for sure.

So Loop seems like the greatest idea ever: a restaurant with a different menu everyday, depending on what food has been in oversupply in the local supermarkets! Just to make clear, they do not serve foodwaste in the sense that it would be old food: just food that would go bad in the next couple of days and is unlikely to be sold at the supermarket. The menu looks great, I think I’ll go eat at the restaurant and update the blog about it in a fes weeks!

Hugs and kisses! /Felicia

Ps. I’m sorry I haven’t been updating the blog frequently. I’m writing my bachelor’s thesis and that’s so time-consuming. I’ll be back full-time by mid-May, hope to have you still frequently checking in then!

Going vegan – difficult? Not if you go Ambronite

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Last weekend, I went skating with my sister which was a lot of fun. I had already cooked myself a nice lunch but I knew I would be hungry before being back home again. And being able to buy a vegan snack at the cafe by the ice rink wasn’t something I counted on. Vegan! Difficult? Crazy? Unnatural? Or more like environmentally friendly, healthy and less animal cruelty?

I’ve been a pescetarian for almost 3 years now,  meaning I eat fish, milk products and eggs but no meat. Even if my diet hasn’t included meat, a transition to a vegan diet required a little bit of thinking. I had a little hack that made my vegan month possible: it’s called Ambronite. It is a smoothie made from a powder that you simply mix with water. I tried another similar one called Joylent too, you can read my review here, but to be honest: I like Ambronite more.

5 reasons to recommend Ambronite:

  1. It’s produced on all natural ingredients
  2. It’s not too different from a normal smoothie, it doesn’t seem like “fake food”
  3. It has no animal products making it cruelty free and environmentally friendly
  4. It’s incredibly fast to make, but gives me the same energy as a warm meal that takes a lot more time to make
  5. It’s healthy, if you don’t have time to cook, you’d usually eat sandwiches but now you can eat much healthier on the gocapture

The only negative side for me is the price since it’s a bit expensive, but I have become slightly addicted to this time-saving, healthy, vegan, environmentally friendly smoothie. The taste is interesting, because half of people who has tried it hate it and half love it. I think it’s great with nettles leaves, nuts and berries. It really tastes natural and the ingredients seem to be of high quality. If you want to try it, I suggest you order a “try out” pack of 3 bags for only about 5 euro.  Use the code NOM to get it! Update: right now you get the starter pack of 3 for free with this link.


I tried Ambronite the first time in January and ordered 3 of their breakfast pack. I liked it so much that I emailed them and asked if I could get a sample of their full-meal version for free, if I wrote a blogpost about them. I approached them solely because I thought their product was so good I wanted more of it! For comparison, Joylent is a cheaper option at around 3-4 euro per meal but that again isn’t from natural ingredients. Joylent is a great way to save environmental resources, Ambronite is healthier and has even better ingredients, I think. A full meal Ambronite costs about 8 euros. For a student, that’s a lot of money for a meal. I still think it’s worth it and in the end it doesn’t become too expensive if you only have a couple of them per week. I always keep a bag of Ambronite in my bag just in case there isn’t a vegetarian or vegan option available. This has been such a great dinner on busy days!

Even if you’re not vegetarian, I’d recommend Ambronite for health and environmental reasons. This is the easiest way there ever was to cut down on your meat consumption and get healthy with no effort!

This blog post is produced in cooperation with Ambronite. I have not been paid to write it, but I have received samples of their full meal smoothie.

Eating sustainably is not too complicated

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Eating sustainably can be delicious, beautiful and simple. Last week me and my friend Malin cooked a modified version of this Baked Aubergine with beluga lentils recipe from Green Kitchen Stories. I’m not too fond of brussel sprouts so I left those out from the recipe and added pepper and field beans instead.

It’s a myth that it is difficult to know how to eat more sustainably. Yes, if you look at minor details like knowing whether a Spanish tomato or a Finnish greenhouse-grown tomato in February is better, then I understand it might feel a bit complicated. The thing is: that’s splitting hairs. If you have time, by all means, it’s good to do research, but these choices aren’t the most important ones. If you follow these simple rules, the impact you food has on our environment is already much better!

  1. Avoid all red meat
  2. Eat less dairy products
  3. Eat less rice & less imported quinoa
  4. Eat less avocado
  5. Eat mostly local and seasonal vegetables and grains

These are very simple rules, no one needs to study a lot to make a huge impact on the environment globally by choosing not to eat certain kinds of food. Also, remember that the option with less plastic packaging is always better! For vegetables and fruit, you can get a reusable bag like this one. In the end, it does not matter if people occasionally buy the “wrong kind of tomato” as long as we look at the big picture and at the foods that really have a big impact. I managed to follow the “Vegan January” challenge and ate (mostly) vegan for a full month and only slipped twice! It actually wasn’t too difficult. So if eating vegan isn’t very difficult, then avoiding those listed things at least 6 out of 7 days a week shouldn’t be impossible for anyone. Personally, now that my one month challenge is over, I do still eat small amounts of cheese as well as avocado and rice. But only on special occasions when I’m at a restaurant or someone else treats me to food ,which is rarely more than once or twice a month.

A short reminder to why everyone should avoid the listed things…The meat industry pollutes a lot. The Baltic sea, many lakes and rivers in several countries are in such bad condition because of the meat industry. Cows consume a lot of natural resources, so cut down on your consumption of cheese, yoghurt and milk. Get oat, coconut or soy alternatives instead. Cows also produce methane. Rice is extremely water intensive and fresh water is scarce in many places, additionally rice cultivation produces methane which is even worse for the climate than CO2. Save the sushi for special occasions! Avocado plantations often lead to deforestation and acute drought. The avocado requires a lot of water, and when that water is taken from lakes and rivers nearby, they dry out. Avocados also rot really easily. 54,000 tonnes of avocado and other stone fruits are thrown away every year in the UK!! The less we buy, the less will in the end be imported and thrown away. 54 000 tonnes!!

What to eat then? Green Kitchen stories really has amazing vegetarian recipes. Vegetables grown in your own country get amazing tastes with these recipes. Just stay away from the recipes containing too much cheese, avocado or rice or replace those ingredients with something else. There are environmentally “unfriendly” foods such as quinoa, that are grown organically in Europe too so you don’t need to stop eating it, just choose the right kind.

ps. between November and February/Mars, the Spanish tomato is actually more environmentally friendly, during the rest of the year, buy the locally grown version. In northern Europe: Canned tomatoes are the most sustainable during the winter! But don’t worry about that too much if it feels too complicated 🙂

Bon appetit!

xo, Felicia

Exam week with no time for cooking: a taste review of Joylent

Do you find it important to eat healthy food? Do you have a habit of having unhealthy snacks when studying, because you don’t have time for cooking before exams? Do you ever eat just fast noodles for dinner (yuck) or do you spend enormous amounts of money on take-out food? Or maybe you’re just interested in knowing a bit more about futuristic food! If any of this is the case, you should read this.

Last week my life circled all around Development Economics, super interesting but no time for cooking. This exam week a new product I ordered online really came in handy!

There’s a ton of research going into developing new kinds of food that has a lower carbon footprint. The American Soylent is one of the, originally developed for people who are just too busy to cook or put any thought into what they eat. The founder actually developed a serious under nutrition of vitamin C from his quick noodle-diet, and developed Soylent as a result. Soylent has gotten a lot of attention but isn’t sold in Europe.

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It’s good on the go

A similar product is made by the Dutch Joylent. What is it? It’s the simplest way to start eating more vegan food! It’s a powder that you just mix with water, it becomes a smoothie, or a soup if you prefer to use warmer water. However, some vitamins are sensitive to temperature so hot water might have a minor effect on the nutrients. Other competitors for Joylent are Mana and Ambronite, which is prepared in Finland from completely natural ingredients. Should probably try Ambronite because of that, but it’s a bit too expensive as it cost twice as much as Joylent. Read more about other alternatives to Soylent on this blog.

The thing about smoothies like Joylent and Soylent is that they are meant to contain all nutrients you need. You could probably survive on feeding on just Soylent/Joylent but I think a bit more variation is better for your health. What many people do is to replace lunch with Soylent and then have a normal dinner.

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It’s great for students because it’s cheap, healthy and convenient.

I have my Joylent smoothies on days when I’m on the go and don’t really have time to cook. Eating out is expensive, and sandwiches from the supermarket are quite unhealthy. Bringing it for lunch works really great! The powder doesn’t go bad when it’s kept dry in the shaker, when I’m ready to have dinner I just add some water, shake and dinner is served, wherever I am! You are meant to add the powder after the water to get a smoother blend but doing it the wrong way around works fine for me.

I got my Joylent starter pack about 3 weeks ago, ordered from joylent.eu. I ordered the Vegan version, one bag with banana taste and four with chocolate taste. My boyfriend ordered some too and by the time he had ordered his, there were new tastes availible! I tried one of them, the mango one was delicious too.

Taste

So to what everyone really is curious about: Doesn’t it taste horrible? The answer is no, it tastes fairly alright. It tastes like a thicker version of oatmilk or soymilk. The chocolate taste is very subtle and overall it’s not very sweet, it doesn’t contain any sugar. It almost doesn’t taste chocolate at all, which is fine, but the very plain taste get’s a bit dull after a while. They recommend adding your own sweetener but I prefer not to, wouldn’t want something too sweet for lunch or dinner. The banana one was really good too, actually tastes like banana and is much sweeter than the chocolate one.

So the taste is okay. The only problem with taste, I would say, is that it get’s a bit boring if that’s all you eat for several days. A normal meal is never just one thing, you would never eat just rice or just chickpeas. We’re used to a meal being a mix of different tastes. So I would really recommend it for replacing a meal here and there, but I would simply get too bored with the taste if I had it more than 2-3 times per week.

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Feeling and health

How do I feel after having a joylent meal? Just one smoothie is suprisingly filling, it contains 500-700 calories, depending on how much powder I use. First, I drank it too fast and got that awful feeling you get after eating anything too quickly so remember that this smoothie is way heavier than a just-fruit-and-berries-smoothie. Apparently, many people who drink Joylent get a bit gassy. I haven’t noticed any big problems with this although I might feel a bit bloated just after drinking it, it’s just individual. One theory is that the high amount of fibre in Joylent can trigger some reaction in some peoples stomach, but even if this is the case it’s not in any way dangerous; maybe just a bit unpleasant for those who are more sensitive. The list of ingredients (see at the bottom of the page) look quite healthy too and I’ve felt good and energized the day’s I’ve had only Joylent.

Sustainability

What about the sustainability of Joylent? I’d say the vegan version is very sustainable as none of the ingredients are especially resource-consuming. The powder also doesn’t need to be kept in a fridge, which lowers need for energy consumption. It also doesn’t need heating up. Prepping and storing of food takes quite a lot of energy and is a big part of the greenhouse-gas footprint associated with food. In this aspect Joylent is really eco-friendly.

Price and service

The price is also really good. Very student friendly! Just 2,50 euro per meal. A negative side was that it took ages for them to deliver from the Netherlands to Finland, and they messed up my order and sent just the shaker and not the powders, which I had to wait two more weeks for.

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All in all, I would really recommend Joylent!  It’s great to bring to the library when studying, no need to go to a cafeteria and interrupt your studies. It’s also great for those who have a habit of eating unhealthy things like fast food on the go, this is much cheaper, much healthier and more conventient!

I prefer having Joylent when I don’t really have time for cooking and then treat myself with food like this after a couple of days on Joylent. After exam week I really treated myself and went for brunch at Mat in Helsinki with my friend Hannah. It was really food heaven. Mouth watering vegetarian food, I really recommend this place! Especially after a week on Joylent. But it’s better as a treat every now and then, this meal cost 10 times more than a Joylent meal. It also tastes 10 times more.

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Banana joylent ingredients: Oatmeal (gluten), Joylent vitamix (maltodextrin, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate), niacin (nicotinamide), vitamin A (retinyl acetate), pantothenic acid (calcium D-pantothe-nate), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), copper(II) sulfate, vitamin K1 (phytomenadione), vitamin B1 (thiamine mononitrate), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), chromium chloride, folic acid (pteroylmonoglutamic acid), biotin, vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), soy flour , vegan protein mix(soy-protein concentrate, rice-protein concentrate, hemp-protein concentrate, emulsifier:soy lecithin, sweetener: sucralose, banana flavouring, thickening agent: guargum), ground flaxseed, freeze-dried fruit powder (banana).

Wok for lazy Sundays

If you want to save natural resources without actually changing your life too much, switching to a more plant based diet is the way to go. So many scientific reports are showing that meat production leads to pollution, deforestation and simply is a waste of energy in the food chain. On a global average, going vegan saves most resources. Read more about my thoughts on veganism at the end of this post.

Here comes an entirely vegan recipe! We chose to sweeten it with honey which doesn’t make it totally vegan but close enough for me, you can use something else that’s sweet instead if you want. It’s really simple to make and perfect for days when you’re more interested in relaxing than cooking.

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Last week me and my friend Amanda were really tired after the gym and both really hungry. So we decied go to her place and make this wok. I think that it was about 30-40 minutes from when we stepped out of the gym until the food was served on the table. And we did go to the supermarket on the way home! So just a tip, save this recipe for days when you are already practically starving when you start cooking. Soy is a quite good plant based protein to eat right after the gym, working on getting those abs to show a bit 😉 This recipe is fast, simple and healthy. Just how I love it.

Ingredients:

Red kale, as much or little as you want

1 Organic cold-smoked tofu

4 carrots

1 onion

3-4 “blocks” of noodles, any kind

Soysauce

Chili

2 tablespoons of honey

Put the carrots on the frying pan first, so they get soft. Cut the tofu in nice small cubes and fry everything (obviously cook the noodles first). Add a bit of honey in the frying pan to get that sweet asian taste. Top with fresh coriander and you will have a delicious meal that took about 15  minutes to prepare.

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About the tofu, just plain tofu taste’s absolutely nothing. I think many people who say they hate tofu just haven’t been served properly prepared tofu, it just goes so well in a wok I’m sure most people can learn to like it! If you are really having a lazy Sunday and can’t be fussed with marinades, I really recommend buying a smoked tofu, it’s so delicious! In Finland, my favourite brand is Jalotofu. The ready-made marinated or smoked tofus cost a bit more so it’s fine buying a plain one too, just make sure to put it in a marinade before frying it. This blog has quite good tips for tofu marinades. Letting tofu soak in soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, sesame oil and chili powder (or whatever of those you have at home) already does wonders.

I eat totally vegan a couple of days a week.  However, I personally think that if you live in northern Europe, where weather conditions for agriculture aren’t always the best, locally produced organic eggs are more environmentally friendly than imported chickpeas and soybeans. With an egg for breakfast I never need to worry about if my protein intake for the day is enough as already breakfast contained 25% of the protein I need per day. Dairy is a bit so-so, best to consume only in small amounts. But even imported soybeans are way more eco-friendly than beef and pork produced in your own country! So enjoy your tofu wok with a good conscience.

Vegetarian recipe: Mushroom pie

My vegetarian recipes are meant to be a simple inspiration for those who would like to eat more vegetarian food, but are so used to cooking with meat that they are not sure what vegetarian food to make. Of course it’s hopefully a nice inspiration to try new dishes for those who are already used to making vegetarian food too!

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I baked the pie late at night so I apologise for the photo quality, could have done with a bit more light. I made it almost a month ago, when the mushrooms were freshly picked in a forest nearby Helsinki . But lately blogging has been slightly demanding since my laptop came with a factory fault and has been at the repair shop twice in the last month. Today’s “quality” technology, you know…

So, vegetarian food! Pies, or quiche as it’s called, is one of my favorurite vegetarian dishes. Loved them before I became a vegetarian, which was about 2 years ago, and I still love them.

This particular pie contains chanterelles (chantarellus tubaeformis/trumpetsvamp) which is very common in the Nordic countries but try it with any kind of mushroom you find in your local supermarket! This recipe with button mushrooms and swiss brown mushrooms looks good.

I made a silly little video while I was baking the pie, where you can see how I made it.

The best way to make sure your quiche is healthy is to skip the wheatbased pastry and do it with buckwheat(bovete,tattari) instead. It’s much tastier than wheat and its a better form of energy for you, compared to white flour that mostly turns into sugar in your body.

The best and simplest pie crust:

3 dl buckwheat flour

70 g butter (can be replaced with margarin or use oil only)

1/2 dl olive oil

1/2 dl water

Salt

If the pie dough is too dry, just add more water and if there’s too much water, add more flour. Try to get a dough thats easy to work into the pie tin.

The pie contains the amount of mushrooms I picked in the forrest near Helsinki, my guess it that in volume it’s a bit less than one liter. Additionally, I fried one red onion with a garlic clove and poured one 2,5 dl Oatly’s oatbased “cream” mixed and eggs over all of it and lastly add the cheese. So the ingredients are 1/2-1 liters of mushrooms, one red onion, 2,5 dl of oatcream, 3 eggs and approximately 50-70 grams of cheese. Remember to add a bit of salt and pepper! 

The pie goes well with a salad made of baby spinach leaves. Bon appetit!

 

Hey man, you’ll survive without meat

1 kg of beef equals 24kg of wheat flour in terms of natural resource use. That’s like 50 bread loafs or 2 big steaks. 

It’s October, make it a “lihaton lokakuu”, which means meatfree October in Finnish!

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Vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado

You know the stereotype of the woman ordering a salad and the man ordering a steak? For some reason vegetarianism seems to be much more common among women than men. I know a lot of women are also eating meat but beef still seems to be a bit of a macho thing. At least in my group of friends. Luckily there are a lot of vegetarian options for guys who think a little salad might contain too little calories. Did you know that (for most Finns) half of the consumed protein actually goes right through your body or turns into fat? Or that a bit of bread contains protein? Even if you’re a bodybuilder you can do without meat, check this cool guy out for example!

If you already are a vegetarian/vegan or just doesn’t want to be talked into vegetarianism, just scroll down to the featured recipe ;).

Dear meat-lover, I don’t say you have to totally stop eating meat. But I’m saying you should most definitely eat vegetarian food at least 3 times per week. That’s the least you can do. It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment. You probably know lentils, chickpeas and beans but the problem might be you’re not sure how to make something edible out of them!

My blog will for the next weeks feature a weekly simple vegetarian recipe. It might hopefully even interest those who already know how to make some vegetarian recipes because I will get some help from my flatmate Rebecka who’s absolutely amazing at cooking tasty vegetarian food. Then I’ll provide some super simple recipes for the ones who’s cooking normally would consist of frying minced meat and cook some pasta! Some of the recipes will be vegan too.

 

So here it comes, super simple pumpkin soup! This particular recipe is quite low in protein to be honest. The next ones will contain more protein but I just wanted to post this since all these ingredients are in season. As you probably know, favouring seasonal products is good since it takes less energy to produce food when it grows best. The good thing is also that most of the ingredients can be bought without any plastic packaging! The soup really is so simple to make, the preparations take just 10 minutes and then you can chill while it boils.

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple 
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1-2 liters of water
  • 2 dl Oat cream
  • 2 vegetable broth cubes
  • Thyme, black pepper and turmeric for taste

 

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    Carve out the pumpkin seeds. Peel the pumpkin and cut the yellow flesh into ca. 2 cm big pieces. Chop the onion, garlic and ginger into small pieces. Do the same with the apple if you want to add that, I didn’t have an apple this time.

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    Fry everything in olive oil in a pot, for about 10 minutes. Then, add the water and the broth cubes and let it boil for about 20-30 minutes.

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    Make the soup smooth with a blender/bamix and add some Oatly cream. Add some salt, pepper, thyme and turmeric for taste. Let it boil for another few minutes.

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    Remove most of the orange pumpkin flesh by soaking the seeds in some water. Then fry them in a dry pan (without oil) until they´re crunchy. Then pour a bit of soy sauce over them!

 

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Voila, super tasty!!!

When the vegetarian brought home 2 kg of meat

Hi everyone, here comes more tips on how to reduce your food waste! It’s way too easy to throw away a lot of food without thinking, but with a little bit of extra effort it’s really easy to become better at storing food and eating everything you bought.

Throwing away any kind of food is a waste, but throwing away meat feels even worse to me. It is literally wasting a life. Personally, I don’t see the killing of an animal as completely wrong, but still, if a beautiful living creature offered it’s life to be your food: the least you can do is to actually eat it!

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On Friday I went to a dinner party and the food there had been ordered from a catering service. They had over-estimated the consumption of meat so there were still a lot left in the pot when everyone’s food had been served. As the pot had to be cleaned and returned to the catering-firm it seemed like we would have to throw away 2 kg of reindeer meat. No one had a jar or something to put the meat in but it just felt so bad to throw it away that I found a (clean) plastic bag and took the meat with me home. Half of it is in the freezer and half in the fridge, nicely put in jars. Eating two kilograms of meat can be a little too much for someone who usually eats only vegetarian food but I’d rather eat it than throw it away, and luckily my boyfriend will probably help me.

If you just make the decision not to throw away food, you will usually find a way to store it. Here comes some tips on how to store your food so you won’t have to throw it away!

Leftovers: In the Nordic winter the best way to chill down leftovers fast is to put the food outside for a while. In this way you save energy by not accidentally warming up your fridge, but the faster the food becomes cold the better it’s preserved. Leftovers in the fridge can be stored for about a week, but in the freezer it’s still edible after weeks or even months. Always remember to check you fridge for leftovers before cooking something new!

Meat and fish: try to buy only in small quantities and store in the coldest place of the fridge. If you know you won’t have time to eat it in the next days: put it in the freezer! Meat and fish can be stored in the freezer for up to a year.

Milk products: if kept cold enough (and not left on the table for hours), they usually stay fresh way longer than the best-before dates indicate. You can tell if it’s edible by smelling and tasting it.

Eggs: if stored in the fridge, they usually stay edible for several weeks after the best-before date

Vegetables and fruit: fresh fruit usually rots quite fast, so never buy more than you eat. When it comes to vegetables: try to eat more of the vegetables that can be stored for a long time: carrots, potatoes, beetroot and kale. Buy less of tomatoes and cucumber that goes bad quite fast. Buy less green salad, it usually goes bad pretty fast as well and despite being regarded as healthy it actually doesn’t contain that many nutrients.

Vegetables and fruits that have become a little shriveled are rarely dangerous to eat, always cut through it to see if it’s okay in the middle before you throw it away!

Bread: I always used to throw away bread earlier. I don’t eat that much bread and it became moldy before I finished it. Nowadays, after eating half a package of bread I always put it in the freezer. Bread is best stored dry, in room-temperature or in the freezer. On the contrary from most other foods, putting bread in the fridge won’t make it stay fresh longer.

Source:Livsmedelsverket. Click on the link if you want even more useful tips!

Homemade chips, it’s so easy!

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A reason why I like challenging myself with things like trying to avoid plastic is that as a result I always find awesome ideas. For example how to make your own chips in 5 minutes! All you need is potatoes, oil, salt and a microwave.

I wanted chips but I did not want the plastic bag they come in. Well luckily it’s easy to find unpackaged potatoes, oil comes in class bottles and salt in cardboard boxes. This simple way to make chips is perfect for those who think there is usually too much in a regular bag of chips. For one person: make thin slices from 1-2 potatoes, using a potato peeler works pretty well. Then let the slices lay in cold water for a couple of minutes (results in more crispy chips). After that, it’s just to dip them in oil and salt, put them on a plate with baking paper and in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. The time depends on your micro but wait until they get a bit color and make sure they´re crispy and don’t skip the baking paper because otherwise the chips might stick to the plate.

A microwave uses relatively less energy compared to a stove or oven and we get to skip the plastic-bag. The best part still: this is delicious!!

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In the making, a potato peeler is perfect to get thin slices.

Instead of cheese and butter

In Finland rye bread with butter and cheese is very common to eat, so if one tries to avoid butter and cheese, what to eat instead? Continuing on the instead-of-dairy-products-theme.
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I know I’m not the only person who thinks that margarine tastes…well it does not really taste anything. But there are other options! My parents used to buy this herb&vegetable pate/spread called Tartex when I was a kid. I hadn’t eaten it in a long time but now I did, and I still love it! The pate with some cucumber and self-grown herbs made a perfect sandwich. This is also a much healthier option than butter and cheese.
I buy Tartex from a store called Ruohonjuuri. The spread is organic and made in Germany. It’s quite expensive (about 4€) but so is cheese!

Oh,and I almost forgot to mention! The Tartex tube, or any other aluminium tube should of course be recycled as metal ♻!

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