Always a good challenge to take you out of your cooking comfort zone.
I made this challenge harder for myself by trying to cook new recipes either by using a new technique or a new ingredient. This is more difficult than you think, most recipes use basic techniques, hence my challenge of randomly opening a cookbook doesn’t count, it was delicious and new but just a different take on a roast dinner.
We had pizzas on Monday and as the pepperoni and chicken one
was going fast and the vegetable one was going spare I tucked into that. I
realised that I hadn’t eaten any meat for the last 24hours so better late than
never I decided to tick off another one of my 101 challenges, to be meat free
for a week.
I always count my blessing that we live only twenty minutes away from my happy place, the glorious Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Ashdown was one of the reasons we moved to East Grinstead many moons ago and since then I have always enjoyed our rambles through its wooded copses and over its rolling hills with my family.
One of the key reasons for wanting to move from our previous house was the lack of a garden, we had nothing at the front of the house and at the back was a small patch of grass which we barely used because it was so boggy. When we were looking for a new house, I knew I wanted three things from my garden.
When I first wrote about my plastic free struggle a few weeks ago, it seemed an impossible task to cut down on plastic and start to help the environment. The more I look into it, the more complicated it seems, but I take heart in that I am at least doing more than I was.
I wanted to attempt a plastic free Christmas, I was determined to buy experiences, consumables or recyclable products, again, not as easy as it sounds and I soon got disheartened. But then, I found a marvellous list on the Friends of the Earth website and it gave me a few pointers.