Fresh Produce Out Of Our Own Backyards
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my snap the other week of a box full of fresh fruit and veggies, exclaiming I had received my first Ooooby. You may have wondered what on earth is an Ooooby. And then you may have wondered last week where my blog post was that I had promised! While I try to write at least once a fortnight, sometimes I find myself too busy or unmotivated to blog. Last week saw me inspired in the kitchen making all of these lovely meals and out in the garden tending to my plants. Well this week you have been blessed with not one but two blog posts, as I was motivated to continue writing my toothpaste post I started a while ago. And as promised, my Ooooby post....
|A lil mix Ooooby box|
"We would welcome any suggestions and tips of making our operation more waste-free, so feel free to shoot over any ideas you might have for us after you have received your first box. I am a big proponent of zero waste. One thing I love so much about my own Ooooby boxes is not having a big pile of plastic wrappers left after I put everything in the fridge, I just have a full fridge and an empty carton box :-)"
And on the follow up email after receiving our first box, Ooooby gently reminds everyone...
|How's that for local?!|
I made some delicious healthy meals using my Ooooby produce, including sweet corn fritters, leek and courgette fritters, stir fry, fresh salads, a green smoothie, dahl with courgettes and kale chips. I also fermented a sauerkraut using an old cabbage and a purple Ooooby cabbage, and I made a spiced apple Kombucha, and a plum Kombucha (told you I've been busy in the kitchen!)
We are currently receiving our Ooooby boxes fortnightly, as I have my own garden. In saying that my garden has been taken over a bit by self seeded pumpkins,they sprouted from my compost which I laid on my garden. I am also growing tomatoes, kale, chilli, rhubarb and various herbs.
While I am on the topic of food, I feel I need to touch on food waste. WasteMINZ found that the average New Zealand household throws away over $560 worth of food a year. Fermenting and preserving are great skills to learn, and don't forget the trusty freezer also! My freezer is stocked full of jars of bread ends, fruit, veges, aquafaba, whey, vege stock, vege scraps and more. A Facebook page I recommend to follow is Love Food Hate Waste- New Zealand, they post lots of handy tips for avoiding food waste. Also check out Zero Waste Chef's blog post on freezing food plastic free. If you are interested in composting, Compost Collective are running a number of free courses around Auckland at the moment also.
I will be offline for the rest of this week as I am volunteering at Splore on the Zero Waste team, so you can expect an exciting post on that when I return (and have recuperated enough to write it!)
Note: I am not affiliated or endorsed by Ooooby, I wish to spread the word of an amazing environmentally conscious local company!