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The Big Lunch Resourceful Week #2

April 29, 2014

Day 2 of the Big Lunch Resourceful Week.
Today the focus is food, and the day is jam-packed (get it!) with ideas for Resourceful Munching at your Big Lunch (and any other time too…)
The Big Lunch Blog, and the Start blog both have some fantastic tips, and a recipe a piece from the once floppy haired, fish fighting Hugh FW. There is also a Twitter Q&A with Steven Lamb from River Cottage at 2pm-do join in!

 

Steven Lamb from River Cottage

Steven Lamb from River Cottage

At the launch event on Sunday, Steven’s passion for food and the bigger things that can happen when people get together to share it, came across really clearly: He pointed out that by being resourceful and sharing food, the simple act of sharing food was not only a way to bring people together but also to start conversations you wouldn’t normally have. Which sounds pretty fab to me!

Soooo, what does eating resourcefully mean to you?

For me, I think it is all about being making the best use of the food that we have-both as a household, and as part of a wider community, a nation, and in fact a planet.

Waste not want not

Things like eating seasonally and eating locally, are all resourceful ways of eating, as they need less energy input, in terms of growing and transporting the food.
The holy grail I guess, is Growing Your Own,

grow your own

but we are not all lucky enough to have the space, time (or maybe even the inclination!) to do this.
Here are a few ideas from me, on how to get round this.

  • Land Sharing-we only have a small garden, but our lovely neighbours have very kindly offered the use of one of their raised beds this year, so we can have a go at growing some veg with the kids.
    There is also the official Landshare site, which is like a dating site for Growing Your Own! You can offer up any spare acreage you have (!), or can search for people with spare land near to you.
  • Food swaps-You could either organise your own, and swap your glut of runner beans, for theirs of raspberries. Or you could have a look at Apples for Eggs, and put on a food swap. What a great way to ensure that nothing goes to waste, and the bounty is shared!
  • Co-ops-some people get together in either formal or informal co-ops for buying things like free range eggs. I know someone (and I have been racking my brain to remember who-if it’s you, give me a shout!) who has got together with some friends to buy local free-range eggs in bulk, and they then split them up between them
  • Patio gardening-if you only have a patio or a window box, you can still grow your own! Strawberries, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and herbs all grow well in pots
  • Vertical gardening-does what it says on the tin-growing up instead of out! Think hanging baskets, and tiered planters. Check out the great series by the Vertical Veg Man, on the Guardian’s Live Better site
    Also, have a look at this great pallet planter how-to from Sarah Oatley’s blog A Hive of Activity
    pallet planter
  • Seed swaps-if you have seeds that you don’t want, and so does your neighbour, why not get together for a seed swap. As with all of these ideas, this can be as big and formal, or as little and ‘rustic’ as you like. Could just be you and a couple of pals, or you could go crazy and organise a bigger event for your wider community to get involved too

If you have not been blessed with green fingers, then finding your local farmers market or veg box scheme can help you to eat more seasonally.

And finally, when it comes to the best bit (for me anyway) eating it-be resourceful with your food and make sure to use up your leftovers!
I have lots of waste not want not recipes on this very blog, or check out Love Food Hate Waste, for lots of recipes and inspiration for your leftovers!

Right then, over to you.
Let’s hear your best, resourceful food ideas and recipes 🙂

 

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  • Reply Chris April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    We have a plum tree that gives us about 200lb of plums annually which we used to pick and give away [we could never eat that many] now we are older the tree has become a community tree, I pick what I need and then people come from the locallity and pick the rest. Our lounge is on the front and watching all this is very entertaining, it would be as shame or the fruit to go to waste

    • Reply Jen April 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      A community plum tree sounds fabulous Chris 🙂

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden April 29, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    lovely post Jen thank you for sharing

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