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Quote of the day

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman

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My Life by Heather Neil
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Organic veg to your door step

On the search of finding options that will make it easier to eat healthier and life a better lifestyle, we came across a leaflet through our door a few month ago. It was from Abel & Cole and offered local and organic vegetables and other fresh produce for home delivery – and we gave it a try.

First of all, we compared the prices of organic produce in the supermarket and Abel & Cole and found that it more or less does not make a big difference. The charge for delivery on adds another £0.99 on your overall bill which is really cheap when you compare that Tesco wants you to pay about £5 for each delivery.

Another great things about Abel & Cole is that you can have your seasonal fruit and vegetables put together and chosen for you in a weekly box. The company will put the things together and you can easily add your likes and dislikes. When you go on holiday or still have enough for the next week, just let them know on time and you can skip a week.

We decided for the smallest vegetable box for the moment and are really impressed. Check out this lovely picture of our first vegetable box with some fair trade bananas and organic lemons!

I really love the colours and everything we tried so far, just tastes so much better. I also like that in coming weeks there will be some vegetables in this box that I have not used for cooking before, such as fennel. This ill add some fun in the kitchen and we can explore some new recipes with some lovely produce.

A few more things I like: you can check out the farmers that contribute most of the produce online. They take the box back on your next delivery – perfect recycling or even reusing! Very easy to use website and fantastic customer service. Delivery is usually very early morning and they leave the box at a place where you ask them to. Additional great produce including milk, cheese and lot’s more.

Therefore, if you live in London and want to eat healthy or spice up your cooking, try Abel & Cole. And if you do not live in London, I am sure that there is something similar on offer in your city.

What the heck is Kale?

On my recent shopping trip I challenged myself and bought something that I have never used in my cooking before. As we (my girlfriend and I) are trying to be more environmental conscious and buy seasonal and local produce, I came across Kale – this intensely dark green vegetable. But I heard that is really nutritious with a variety of vitamins, such as beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K and lutein and therefore would give it a try. Some even call it a superfood due to its high vitamin content, but I don’t really like calling anything ‘super food’ as most fruit and vegetables have it’s place and value within a balanced diet.

Searching the web for some exciting recipes with Kale, I came across this really easy to do Potato and Kale Soup and gave it my personal touch. I opted for the vegetarian version, but I think it would be great with chorizo as well.

  • 450 g of potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 225 g curly Kale
  • 1 lemon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Peel and slice the potatoes. Place them into a pan with the garlic, onion, and some salt and pepper to season. Cover generously with water and simmer until the potatoes become tender. Mash it until very smooth. You may need to add water to give it a soup consistency. Return to the pan and add lots of pepper. Prepare the kale by chopping off the stalks and finely shredding the leaves. Bring the soup back to the boil and then add the kale and simmer for around 5 minutes. Blend everything together. Add the juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of nutmeg. Serve with a sprinkle of olive oil on top and maybe some paprika for the eye. Enjoy your meal! Bon Appetit!

We need better food labelling…

This morning, we (my girlfriend and I) were going shopping at the big Tesco Extra supermarket at Canada Water. This was actually the first time that it was really quiet and not many people were around. Shopping between 9am and 10am seems to be the way to go if you like space, take your time and actually do not have to wait at the tills. I will definitely do that more often.

As we were in a great shopping mood and had the space in front of these never ending product shelves, we decided to take a look at what we buy comes from and if we can find products that are produced locally or at least are not imported from some country ont he other side of the world. This is a really great thing to do as you will discover where the product actually comes from and you will be surprised! We are not just trying to reduce our environmental impact with this little change in buying behaviour, but I think it will also help the UK economy and your shopping basket a little bit healthier as you are more likely to buy seasonal products and reduce the carbon footprint enormously. Additionally, I really do believe that the consumer – meaning all of us – has the power to change things for the better.

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speed shopping by {foto obscura}

But back to food labelling and the difficult task with some products to find out where they were produced. For example, we were looking for some lentils  and you can imagine that there was an amazing diversity of colours, shapes and labels to buy from. However, all of them did not mention on the packaging the country of origin. We could find out that there were packaged in the UK, but that was all. And this not the only product where you will have difficulties finding the actual source. It looks a bit better in the meat and fruit & vegetable section as most fresh produce will have a label that at least shows the country of origin.

Another thing that makes it difficult for buyers is that most products coming from different markets and are packaged in various countries. Therefore, you will have all sorts of labels claiming different things. If you just think of the organic food labelling. There are a few bodies that can certify in the UK, some more in Europe and everybody has their own label. This is very confusing and you never know what think of if you don’t know the label. This has lead us to do a bit more research on some of the labels, but this again time consuming and if you have a busy lifestyle it is hard to do. However, I do argue if we would all inform ourselves a bit more about food labelling and start changing our buying habits, I am convinced that we can change it for the better.

Please share your thoughts.

PS: If you like to read more about where your food, cloth and other things in your life come from, read: Confessions of an eco sinner by Fred Pearce. A really good read! For more information on the environmental impact of food production, watch: HOME on youtube for free. Pictures you will not forget.

Two thoughts on New Year resolutions

Most of us take this time of the year to look back at what was and what will be ahead. Maybe some of you even take some time to realise that there is some change needed in your life. This definitely happened to me over the past few days. The funny thing is that I realise again and again and year after year around mid January (the latest) all my great plans and resolutions are down the drain and I continue the easy way of life that I am used to, because change is difficult and takes some effort.

Therefore, it is time to try something new. I remember a time at university when we talked about goal setting and breaking down these goals into smaller objectives that will get you where you want to go as part of a marketing strategy. Now transforming this from Marketing to New Years resolutions, the resolution or desired outcome is the goal. In order to achieve this goal we can break it down in to smaller objectives and these objectives should be set as SMART objectives. But for some reason I was still not quiet happy about this framework and I started to browse the net for some inspiration and I found a very nice article about making these objectives SMARTER. And here is what it stands for:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Time-bound

E – Extending

R – Rewarding

I really like the extension of ER and seems like these were the things that were missing last year in order to make them work. Although, I never had a problem finding stretching objectives, I never did put a reward on them when small things have been achieved. Give it a try! I definitely will.

Another things that I will try this year is that I will write down my goals and objectives. This should help me to manifest them in my mind and hopefully I am more likely to stick to them.

I hope that you can get some inspiration from this post. I wish you all a great start into the New Year and I hope you will celebrate in style. Please feel free to let me know you thoughts.

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