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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Zero Waste and Vegan Onion Rings Salad

Also read: My Favourite Recipe

Hello everyone! I am well aware that the wordsonion rings” and “salad” seldom accompany each other in a sentence,  but when you’re an adult and you cook your own meals, there are no rules. I had some onions laying around in my pantry and I really needed to use them, and thus I got my snack on. I’ve mentioned several times that I blend my stale bread into breadcrumbs instead of throwing them away. They are perfect from a deep fry appropriate breading. With it I have my much loved, and hyped, homemade dill dressing which I will also include a recipe for. Let’s do this.

 

To make the onion rings you’ll need: The trick here is simply to replace milk and eggs with more sustainable alternatives. It does not affect the flavour or texture, and I can vouch for it! The recipe is, other than that, straight forward like any other onion rings recipe.

  • 1 big (or two small) onions
  • 1½ cup of flour
  • 1 cup of soy milk (or any other plant milk)
  • A pinch of salt, pepper, chili powder and paprika (you can also add other spices and herbs, but this is all that I had. I reckon garlic powder, oregano, thyme, rosemary etc would be delicious too)
  • 2 cups of breadcrumbs (preferably homemade, just pop your stale bread in a blender, it’s easy)

How to:

Heat some frying oil (sunflower preferably) on a-bit-above-medium heat (Sorry for my horrible lack of real information, but I just do things without writing them down). Mix flour, spices and herbs with the soy milk and mix until well combined. Cut the onions into moderately thick slices and batter them, first with the wet batter and afterwards cover them in breadcrumbs. Leave them in the oil for about 1 minute on either side, or until golden brown. Let them rest on an oven tray or cloth towel.

To make the dill dressing you’ll need: I’ve used this dressing a ton lately, because it is super light and versatile. Goes well on burgers, in salads and it is absolute perfect with these vegan onion rings.

  • Vegan mayo (I use one called Egg-free)
  • A pinch soy milk (or any other plant milk)
  • Fresh dill, along with favourable herbs and spices

How to: Mix a tablespoon on vegan mayo with a pinch of plant milk. I do this to achieve a more dressing/dip-like consistency. Chop the dill, and mix it with whatever you want. I simply used a bit of salt and pepper, lemon zest, and spring onion. This is literally the simplest dressing I’ve ever made, and it is absolutely gorgeous.

Also Read: Falafel Recipe and Buy It Once Attitude

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ways To End Food Waste // Looks Are Not Everything

Hello everybody! Recently I’ve teamed up with the World Food Programme, in order to put focus on the massive amount of food waste produced every year. Waste is in my book always a problem but when we waste food, whilst one in nine people go hungry – we have a serious issue. Thus, I’ve been dedicating a lot of time trying to voice this problem. I believe that there are tons of neat tricks to minimise food waste, including making leftover dishes, baking and soups and so on.

Also see: I ONLY ATE RESCUE FOOD FOR A WEEK // Feat. Too Good To Go

However, I also think that it is highly effective to talk about why we waste; as knowing the reason for a certain tendency is often a smart way of solving it too. I personally see a problem with the unnecessarily high aesthetically bound standards we have for our produce. The problem with exclusively buying the prettiest apples or the unspotted peppers is that consumer behavior like that legitimises a sorting and selection practice – primarily based on looks. It’s a problem when half of the grown produce won’t even see the shelves before being disregarded.

It is not exclusively a problem in grocery stores though, we bring this consumer practise into our homes all the time. I see people throwing food away because of spotted peels or dried out tops, when in fact the food is completely fine and can still be eaten, no problem. But I think many people have this idea embedded within them that the look of a food item infinitely determines its quality, which is not always the case. A brown banana peel does not necessarily signal rot or decay, it can be completely fine underneath.

Also see: ZERO WASTE FOOD SHOPPING // Plant Based Dishes with Package Free Greens

It seems that these global practises are hard to change, and alas, for the individual consumer they properly are. I am still convinced that knowing of this practise will help consumers make more conscious and enlightened decisions.  When we buy – we vote, and that is so important to remember.  It seems that the problems with this sort of waste is vanity. It is possible that buying dented fruit or spotted greens signal poverty, whilst buying the prettiest produce signals wealth and well-being. I believe that this mindset works in a rather similar manner to that of the full fridge – empty fridge concept. Consumers generally find it unsettling when looking into an empty fridge, because it signals that the individual cannot afford food, in reality it simply tells us that this person knows not to waste, and that is great.

Changing one’s mindset won’t rid the world of waste, but I strongly believe that the mindsets of many will affect the general perception of what is, and more importantly what is not, waste. Looks are not everything and actively acting against that tendency will definitely create some momentum.

Monday, March 5, 2018

I Only Ate Rescue Food For a Week // Feat. Too Good To Go

Hello everybody! I’ve had amazing week, it’s both been amazing as well as challenging, but in the end all worth it. I teamed up with the app Too Good To Go and exclusively lived off of rescue food for an entire week. The app lets you purchase excess food from stores and restaurants, food that would have been thrown out. It is obviously a lot cheaper than normal store value and it helps minimise food waste – win win.

I’ve been vlogging the entire process, as well as photo documented most of meals. The video is linked in the post, as well as a guest post I made for TGTG’s own webpage.

Also Read: My Guest Post With Too Good To Go

VIDEO : I ONLY ATE RESCUE FOOD FOR A WEEK // Feat. Too Good To Go

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sustainable Everyday Fashion // Zero Waste Aesthetic

Also Read: My Second Hand Home

Hello everybody! Yeah, yet another outfit post, I know, it’s crazy, I feel like a proper blogger.  I’ve been posting about food for so long that I have completely forgotten all about fashion and beauty and what not. But right now, I am in the middle of a large food-related project, and I haven’t been able to post about it yet. Instead I’ve recently made a new get-ready-with-me style video (ages and ages since the last one I did) and now this outfit too, phew. Talking about this outfit, all components are sustainably sourced, either through their materials and initiative or by the fact that they are second hand. Outfit details are down below.

I find it so important to showcase how sustainability does not have to be a compromise on your personal style or aesthetic. I wear something like this on an everyday basis and it just feels great to know that my clothes does not contribute to the wasteful practices of the fast fashion industry.

Also Watch: Zero Waste Beauty Routine

Headset from Marshall, but found second hand on dba // Scarf from my mum, she gave it to me a long time ago and has been wearing it all through my growing up // Denim jacket is vintage from Desert Fox Collective // Jeans, jumper and boots are all from a thrift store in Aalborg // Backpack is recycled PET and vegan leather from Charlie Feist

Also Read: My Zero Waste Goals for 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Second Hand Clothes // What I Am Wearing

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Also Check Out: Second Hand Haul Video

Hello everybody! It has been so long since my last “outfit of the day”, so basic fashion blogger of me I know. However, I met up with amazing Signe from Use Less and we filmed some videos about sustainable fashion together. Now you may not know this, but it is almost like a power stronger than the universe, when two bloggers meet up they have to take outfit pictures, they just have to. So for the first time in a year or what not, I posed for the enjoyment of having my second hand outfit photographed. We actually had an amazing day and I cannot wait to show you the videos we did. In the meantime I want to talk about second hand clothes.

I am wearing a trench coat I found last year, and it has been one of my favourites pieces ever since, even when it is too cold I still wear it out of spite.  Recently it went with me to Malaga and London, in both cases it was amazing. The scarf is my mother’s, she gave it to me because she knows how I like big scarfs, but I remember her wearing it when I was younger. The glasses are a recent thrift find, and I cannot get over how edgy and cool they look.  The layers you can see consist of a skirt, recent thrift find, a grunge looking ruined-on-purpose top which is a piece I’ve had in my wardrobe for more than six years, and a jumper which is an old thrift find. Lastly, my shoes are rescued docs from a second hand site and the tights I always buy second hand. Pro tip: save your ruined tights and send them to Swedish Stockings, they reuse them!

Also check out: My Minimalist Closet video 

Finding your own style and exploring it does not have to mean supporting fast fashion brands, there are clothes for everyone at the thrift stores and everyone can live impact-neutral when it comes to finding their style and exploring fashion.

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