It’s the first day of Zero Waste Week, and I’ve been thinking about content and trying to think of a fresh take on this year’s theme of Food Waste. I wasn’t sure what I could add to the ideas and recipes that I’ve posted before, when I had a bit of a head slap moment realising that just yesterday I made something pretty delicious that helped prevent food waste: chocolate macaroons!
We’ve been sweltering here in the UK for the last few days, which has kind of taken us all a little by surprise. We just aren’t set up for really hot weather here, and in true British fashion it has only taken half a day of heat for us all to start complaining it’s too hot!
In weather like this (and in fact in any kind of weather if you are a small person) ice lollies are pretty much compulsory to aid the cooling down process. And I do love an ice lolly, but my inner zero waste wannabe does wince each time one of the un-recyclable plastic film wrappers hits the bin.
So here’s my (almost) zero waste solution…
I figured we have probably all had enough deep and meaningful for the time being at least, and wanted to share you with a solution for a very real life problem I have been struggling with: Bread!
When our eldest was tiny and first moving onto solids, I suddenly became hyper-aware of what was actually in our food. I started looking at the ingredients in the foods we were eating, focussing on the salt and sugar content as well as the preservatives, and our regular sliced loaf really didn’t score too well. (Homemade bread also has the advantage of being Zero Waste!)
I decided I wanted to learn to make my own, and have been baking bread pretty much every week for the last seven years. You would have thought that after all this time I would have had it nailed, but it’s only in the last month or so that I have been able to bake consistently good bread. My first attempts were the stereotypical leaden bricks, that we dutifully and heroically munched our way through. And it has since then been a steady improvement, but still very hit and miss.
I saw this recipe in the Easter edition of the Waitrose magazine, but have only just got around to trying it.
I just whipped up a batch of these to take away with us this weekend, in lieu of an Easter egg for our hosts.
They are super easy, and double delicious. As well as not having any of the packaging that can come with Easter eggs!