Category: in the kitchen

Zero waste 30 day challenge – day 2: Garbage

(English below)

Dag 2!

För att börja ditt mer skräpfria liv är det en bra start att kolla i soporna, vad är det som fyller upp sopkorgen?

Många små engångsförpackningar? Mycket hushållspapper? Matrester? Genom att analysera soporna får du en lättare överblick på vad det är du kan förbättra.

Här kommer några tips för att minimera ditt vanligaste skräp (jag kommer att gå in på de olika kategorierna längre fram i serien!)

  • Många förpackningar? Kan du köpa på lösvikt? Eller större förpackningar på sånt som går åt i mängder. Vi äter jättemycket röda linser och havregryn och jag skulle gärna köpa 5kg åt gången 🙂
  • Mycket hushållspapper? Tänk när du använder det och om du kanske kan använda disktrasan istället. Använder du hushållspapper som servetter? Spana på loppis eller fråga mormor om hon har några gamla. Gamla linneservetter kan gå att fynda på second hand för en spottstyver och det är inte ovanligt att någon i en generation över dig har några extra de gärna ger bort.
  • Matrester? För att minimera de matrester som du slänger behöver du kanske laga mindre? Bli bättre på att äta rester? Mitt bästa tips är att spara även små rester och sen slå ihop till en sallad eller liknande. En halv portion pasta, några tomater, resterna av en bönsallad och lite pesto blir en enkel och snabb lunch! Utmana dig själv mer på att använda och laga av det du har hemma än att gå och handla. Här tipsade jag lite mer om vad en kan göra med matrester.

 

Hur ser dina sopor ut?

English:

It’s time to take a good look at your garbage! What do you throw out and how can you minimise it. A lot of small containers/packages? Try and buy in bulk or bigger boxes to reduce the amount. Do you use a lot of paper towels? Maybe use a rag instead or try and find some linen napkins, sometimes you can get lucky and find them at second hand stores. Food scraps? Make less for dinner and be more creative in putting together left overs. Some pasta, a few tomatoes, some bean sallad and some pesto makes a perfect lunch sallad! Challenge yourself!

Zero waste julpynt och förändringar

Hej!

Jag har under hela hösten funderat på min hemsida och framförallt min blogg. Stackars lilla försummade blogg. Eller bortprioriterade snarare! Jag gillar blogg som format och har mycket jag vill skriva och visa upp, men har haft mycket annat. Mitt företag har vuxit så det knakar under hösten, superkul! Nu tänkte jag i alla fall ge bloggen lite TLC och så tänkte jag testa att skriva på svenska istället för på engelska. Många undrar ifall jag inte är från Sverige eller varför jag skriver på engelska och svaret är väl kanske att jag grundade mitt företag utomlands och det var liksom på engelska det byggdes upp.. Plus, eftersom jag inte befann mig i Sverige var de flesta av mina kunder engelskspråkiga och ja, det kändes taskigt att lämna dem utanför bara för att jag flyttade hem. Jag har också amerikansk familj, så språket ligger mig ju nära. Men nog om det! Här kommer ett juligt zero waste-julpyssel jag gjort. 

Skiva apelsiner.

Lägg skivorna på ett bakplåtspapper som du lagt på ett galler och ställ in i ugnen i ett par timmar. Jag körde först på 50 men ökade efter ett par timmar till 100. Sen stängde jag av och gick och la mig.

Grov nål + bomullsgarn. Gör hål precis vid frukköttets början.

 Häng upp och beundra.

När julen är över kan du slänga alltet på komposten*, smidigt va?!

 

Vad tror du om svenska på bloggen? Kan det vara nåt? Kommentera gärna!

/Stella

 

*beror såklart på vad du har använt för snöre.

 

 

just a zero waste xmas decoration + questions whether I should blog in Swedish or English. Short summary in English? Please let me know 🙂

Elderflower lemonade

The flowers smell of summer and the lemonade is a must on a hot summer day.

I’ve had my eyes closely watching the flowers so that I could pick them at the perfect time and a few days ago was the right day. Just make sure you’ve stocked up with some organic lemons before picking.

I started of following a recipe but changed it as I went along as I had more flowers than the recipe called for, plus a lot of mine were quite small.

However; you’ll need freshly picked elderflowers. Make sure they are all fully bloomed and watch out for little bugs etc. Slice organic lemons thinly (I used 1 and 1/4). Place the flowers and the lemon slices in a large bowl.

Add 1L water and 2dl sugar to a pot. Bring to a simmer and stir while the sugar melts. Pour over the flowers, stir a little bit and cover with a kitchen towel.

Let it rest for at least 24h before you drain it and pour it in glass bottles. Keep refrigerated. When mixing – 1 part lemonade syrup to 10  parts water, or however you like yours.

The sustainable society – food waste

This months theme for the Sustainable society is food waste and how to minimise it. Some of these tips you might have seen here before, but they never get old 😉

  1. Buy only what you intend to use. There are often 2 for 1 sales at the grocery store, but if you end up throwing one away it’s not such a good deal after all.
  2. Don’t shop when you are hungry and stick to a plan. 
  3.  Keep dry goods in glass jars, you’ll see what you have and how much there’s left. (also it makes bulk buying a lot easier!)
  4. Remember/write down whats in your freezer. Got some tomato sauce left that you froze? Great, but plan a pizza night soon after.
  5. Get creative with leftovers, sometimes some sauce just needs some fresh pasta or if you add some water and a chopped up carrot, it turns into soup.
  6. When there’s a lot of different things in the fridge but no full meal? Add some beans, make a sallad and have a hodge lodge dinner. Everyone will get something they like and you clean out the fridge.
  7. A lot of veggies can be chopped up and put in the oven. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, aubergine etc. When its got about 5 min left, sprinkle some feta over it/add some beans/throw in some corn. Crème fraîche with some salt, pepper and lemon or lime juice makes a good sauce.
  8. Cook only what you eat! Don’t just dump a whole pack of pasta in the water when making dinner (unless you are of course cooking for a lot of people) try and make so that when dinner is over (and your lunch box is packed!) nothing is left.

What are your best tips for not throwing out food?

 

Rhubarb jam

We’re in the middle of rhubarb season (yey!) and there’s just so much now. I have already made a pie (which was served with vanilla ice cream and very quickly gone), chopped up a ton and thrown in the freezer for when there’s a need for pie in the middle of the winter and yesterday I made a big batch of rhubarb jam/compotte.

I used a big pot (4L) and filled it with rhubarb that was cut up in 1.5cm big slices. Then I add about 1dl (1/2 cup) of sugar and put on a lid. Stir it gently as it cooks down. Fill up clean and sterilised jars and let them cool before you store them. Since I prefer to use very little sugar, I usually put most of my jars in the freezer.

guessing game + nut milk

Last week I posted this picture on my instagram, asking people to guess what I was making and even though I got a lot of good guesses and good ideas, no one got it right. Quite understandable, I wouldn’t have been able to guess either. 

Anyways, I was making a filter to use when you make nut or oat milk. We make a lot of oat milk for smoothies, and here’s the super easy way to do it!

You’ll need:

2.5 dl Oats (1 cup)

7 dl (3 cups) of cold water

I have an immersion blender with a little attachment which is great but it doesn’t hold that much so I do mine i 2 batches. If you have a bigger one, just do it all at once. In a blender, mix half the oats and half of the water. Use a filter or a cheese cloth to drain it into a bowl or something you can pour from. To get the last out, I just gently squeeze it with my hand. Do this step again if you have a small blender, if not, just fill a glass bottle. Keep refrigerated and shake well before use. It will last a few days (I always run out before noticing anything going bad).

The left overs? I use them in bread, muffins or throw some of it back into a smoothie to make it more into a bowl-eating thing.

Wine trick

If you find yourself having just a little splash left from yesterdays wine, here’s a nice little trick for you.

Instead of using ice cube trays that people all over suggest, use a glass jar instead! Wine doesn’t freeze that well, so your cubes will easily just end up as mush instead, but if you keep it in a jar, you can just use a spoon for whenever you need some.

Mind blowing, isn’t it? 😉

Zero waste – save food

One major environment problem today is all the food that is just going to waste. We tend to buy too much and instead of smelling/tasting our food when it has hit the expiration date – we throw it out. So today I wanted to share a few tips and tricks on what to do with food, instead of throwing it out

In general, try and not buy more than you use. If you cook more than you eat, have the left overs for lunch the next day. Try and be creative – sometimes that sauce you made can be turned into a soup with some added water, taco left overs can be the start of a sallad, boiled potatoes can be made into a tortilla, left over rice can be fried the following day or used as a base in bean patties.

So, here are a few other tricks.

1, Fruit and berries:

Cut them up, spread them on a tray (I prefer to lined it with parchment paper) and then stick it in the freezer. After a few hours, take them of and put them in a bag or a big glass jar. It is perfect for when you want to make a smoothie, to add to your oatmeal or use the bananas to make some ice cream.

2, Tomatoes:

Wrinkled and sad looking tomatoes are perfect for roasting. Cut them in halves and add them to a baking dish, sprinkle some oil, salt and pepper and roast them on a 150C for 20-30 minutes, keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Perfect topping for your Sunday pizza 🙂

3, Cheese:

Use a grater and whenever you have a piece of cheese left, just grate it in a glass container and, yeah you probably guessed it by now – in the freezer. Perfect for when you’re making lasagna, mac’n’cheese or nachos. 

4, Lemons and limes:

Take a glass jar and squeeze the juice right into it and the plop it in the freezer. Next time you have a sore throat/need some for a dish etc, just use a spoon and scrape some off.

What do you do with food that’s going bad?

 

Pizza Bianco

Saturday evening I made a white pizza with potatoes and it turned out really good, so I thought I would share the recipe with you.

White pizza with potatoes

Start with about 25g fresh yeast, crumble it in a large bowl and add 1 tsp of salt. Stir until the yeast has melted. Add 1/2 cup/1dl luke warm water and some honey/sugar/agave – this is to help the yeast. Stir and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Then I used about 1/4 cup/0.5dl rye flour. For the rest of the flour, I add a bit and stir and then continue until I have a dough thats firm enough for you to knead but still a bit sticky. Form a ball and pour some oil on top of it and coat the dough with oil using your hands.
Leave in the bowl with a damp kitchen towel on top for an hour or so.

While the dough is rising, take a couple of potatoes and slice them thinly, I use a mandolin. With organic potatoes I like to keep the peel on, but this is of course optional.

Turn the on the oven to 250C/470F and prepare two cookies sheets lined with parchment paper. When the dough has risen, divide it into 4 parts. With your hands, kneed the dough flat on the parchment paper until it’s about .5 cm thick. Add the potatoes evenly and crumble the feta cheese* on top.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges are browning. Cut up and enjoy!

This delicious pizza is great to bring with you for a picnic as well, just wrap it up and store in your fridge. I always make at least 1 extra pizza to have either for lunch the following day or to throw in the freezer.

*I used ca 50g for all of my pizzas together.

Energy balls

I love having quick, nutricious snacks in the fridge and these are not only tasty – they also  give you energy for a long time. Big bonus is that the kid in the house loves them as well.

Energy balls – makes about 20 small ones

2 tbs coconut oil

2tbs peanutbutter

2 tbs sunflower seeds

1.5 cups of mixed nuts

1/2 cup mixed dried berries (I usually use raisins or cranberries)

10 dates

2 tbs shredded coconut

 

Start by mixing the dates, coconut oil and peanut butter with a blender. If your dates are a very dry you can soak them in water for a little bit before. Once you have a smooth paste, add in all the nuts and seeds and keep going with the blender. Sometimes I use the chopper that came with my immersion blender and sometimes I just put it all in a bowl and use the stick.

Form 20 balls with your hands, it can be hard to roll them so you might have to just squeeze and then push them round with your finger tips. Place on a plate and pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes and then transfer them to a jar to keep in the fridge.

They probably last longer than a couple of weeks but honestly, around here they are gone within a few days…