As time goes on (dare I say, as I become more of an adult?) I've noticed myself becoming increasingly foodie. I'm not only interested in good food and cooking, but also where my food comes from, how it was produced and what the effects the process had on animals and the environment.
As a child, my family ate pretty healthy meals. There was a lot of brown rice and veggies involved, and not so much meat. When I left home, I had a five year period of being a vegetarian, then as my body developed different nutritional needs (in all honesty, I was a bad vegetarian and ate lots of carbs, not enough protein), and as my pay packet grew with my career, meals became more and more centred on meat.
|My grandma's recipe Tomato Relish|
Now, into my early 30s, I am more aware of my food choices than ever. We still eat meat, but probably only every third night, and we buy it from a sustainable, free-range meat supplier who has a direct link with the farmers who produce it (Sydney-siders, check out Urban Food Market). As you might have seen in an earlier post, we joined a veggie co-op, and we get a fantastic delivery of farmer's market fruit and veg every week. We also try to waste less food, coming up with new recipes to use up whatever in our fridge really needs using up. We make preserves from gluttons of fruit and stock from roast chicken carcasses. It's not just less-wasteful, it's also thrifty and yummy!
|Inspirational reading for sustainable foodies|
I'm not about to pack up and move to the country; I like my inner-city lifestyle too much. But I would like to continue to learn about more sustainable ways of living, whether it be by making my own cleaning products or eating more peasant style foods (which are often more nutritious and economical as the same time as being more tasty). I'll continue sharing my learnings here.