Day 42 - What Are You Doing This Weekend?
So, I know it's only Thursday and a bit too early to be thinking about the weekend, but in case you're looking forward to having some downtime for Netflix & chill, I have a recommendation for you:
Watch Chef's Table on Netflix, particularly the second episode. It features Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York. If you happen to be a New Yorker, you'll surely be familiar with these restaurants, but you may not know about the chef behind them.
This episode goes deep into Dan's philosophy and practice of serving locally, ethically grown and harvested food. Along with running his own farm, he works in partnership with local farmers to promote their crop varieties. He believe strongly in educating his customers in addition to feeding them.
Dan puts so much elbow grease into his product because he believes it's the right thing to do, but also because he knows it produces a superior product, which is why he's had so much success.
This episode resonate with me because, even though living a waste-free lifestyle sometimes requires a little more work and attentiveness, the payoffs are worth it: an uncluttered, stress-free home filled with only beautiful, necessary things that will last us a long time, and the peace of mind that we are striving to leave the world a better place than we found it, and to help inspire and educate others along the way.
I'm never not fantasizing about where Mat and I will eventually live once we leave India and move to Manchester. Here are a few images that are inspiring my daydreams!
Since Mat and I are giving veganism a try, we've had to get a little creative about what we cook at home. I want to make sure we're getting a nice variety of foods, so that we don't get bored with a vegan diet, and so that we get a good balance of nutrients.
I love nothing more than to make a giant serving of sautéed okra and polish off the whole thing in one sitting.
A few weeks ago, I was at the market and saw some beautiful avocados, known locally as butterfruit, and brought them home for a snack.
There is a 100% chance that your plugged-in hair dryer is sucking energy that you're not just wasting, but also paying for.
The one place where I think it behooves us to get rid of our plastic is in the kitchen.
How much water does the dishwasher actually use?
Roast chicken is one of the laziest yet most delicious dishes known to man. It just requires some prep, and the courage to handle, wash, dry, and dress a raw chicken.
One of our first steps (albeit maybe not the most practical of beginnings) was to begin composting our kitchen scraps.
For the last week, any tips or leaves of vegetables that haven't made it into whatever dish I was making have been saved in a bowl in my fridge for stock.