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5 ways to use carrot peels

5 ways to use carrot peels

I’m in an eternal quest to reduce waste in the kitchen, especially peels, rinds, all those things that are more common to throw away. As someone who lives in an apartment and it’s not composting, I like to make the most out of what I […]

Final week – August Pantry Challenge

Final week – August Pantry Challenge

August Pantry Challenge is officially over! It was truly a challenge and I believe I’ll continue to do this until some of the harder items to use are gone. What did I eat this final week? Ate out a few times which didn’t help the […]

Week 3 – August Pantry Challenge

Week 3 – August Pantry Challenge

I finally spent a little bit of wakame! Above it’s what I made on Saturday, I used some chicken beast bone (that still had meat on it) and cooked it to make it a broth. Meanwhile I put the wakame in water, three tablespoons. I started making the rice and added my broth, once it was two thirds done I added chopped Marron mushrooms and started to take off the meat from the bone and added it on the rice. Once everything was ready I took it out and added my seaweed. It was too much. If I did it now I would add just one tablespoon of dried seaweed, once it expanded it was about 2 cups of it and it just overpowered the dish, we did eat everything but it just made me hate wakame a little bit. I realized that spending all of it in August will be impossible.

Most of last week after the post was spent eating leftovers (like the curry we made last week) or just quick meals.

Tuesday, I spent the last Japanese curry mix cube that had expired in the 15th and used a bunch of zucchini, I now only have about 200gr of zucchini, finally!!!

We also ate a bunch of vegetables that my mom gave me that she didn’t have time to spend: cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans all out of the fridge. We’re kinda lucky that my parents come frequently to Porto for work, they usually bring us something.

Pantry things that I bought: rice, honestly its pretty hard for us to live without rice and I don’t think we could spent the rest of August without it. We still have some risotto rice to spend but regular rice is a must.

I also bought oats and almond butter because I made granola bars! Ideally I would have bought oats in bulk but since it was Sunday none of the bulk stores were open, and I knew that I wouldn’t have time to go shopping during the week. I had lots of seeds to spend and dates (which I had in the pantry for a long time) and decided that this would be the easiest way for me to get rid of them quickly. Oats is something that I use a lot so I guess it’s okay, almond butter I don’t use it often but will come up with ways to use it, I’ve been super curious to try it out but never did.

Granola bar

I used Minimalist baker’s”Super seedy granola bars” recipe and only made half the recipe since I only had half cup dates (I also used dried dates and re hydrated them for 15min). Instead of whole almonds I had sliced almonds and used that too. I replaced hemp seeds with more sunflower seeds. And used honey to sweeten, which kinda turned out great because I ended up spending most of the honey that I had, maybe it will be enough for one more batch with less honey. I have never been much a bar fan, always felt there were other things more interesting to eat, however this made me changed my mind and they disappeared super quickly, I’ll repeat this. Also approved by Daniel which is also good because he’s always suspicious of sweets that are slightly healthier. I always have this mission to make him change his mind 😀

Next week’s post won’t be Wednesday (or Thursday like today), instead it will be at the 31st to complete this challenge.

Curious to finding out what did you guys eat during this week, let me know in the comments!

Week 2 – August Pantry Challenge

Week 2 – August Pantry Challenge

I already knew this would be a tough week for this challenge, specially since I spent the weekend at my parents. It immediately took some time away from the kitchen but it was such a a amazing weekend, I was able to relax. Not only […]

Week 1 – August Pantry Challenge

Week 1 – August Pantry Challenge

The challenge started with such a hot weather, for me this kind of temperature is horrible, I’ve trouble sleeping and don’t feel like doing anything. Fortunately, the temperature has decreased and I’ve been able to sleep so much better. What did I eat this week? […]

August Pantry Challenge

August Pantry Challenge

I don’t have a huge pantry or a huge freezer but lately it has come to my attention how many unused items I have, so why not challenge myself to eat everything that I have during August?

I have very loose rules for this challenge as it’ll be impossible to feed two for a month with only the amount of food that I have in the kitchen. We definitely have some items that were bought and half of the package is still in the pantry so I’m challenging myself to use these.

The Rules

  • Avoid buying anything other than fresh produce, meat, fish
  • Avoid buying something to use up an ingredient, but if required I’ve to make sure it’s used up completely for that meal or it’s an ingredient that’s used often in our home

Here’s my unedited “pantry”, it’s obviously small but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some clean up:

Pantry Cupboard

Here are the items that worry me the most, please let me know if you’ve any recipe recommendations!

  • Wakame – that I bought for miso soup but the package was not small
  • Dates – I’ll probably try to make granola bars out of this
  • Puffed rice – I bought this because I thought it’d be funny but it turns out that most of the recipes for this are chocolatey and I don’t particularly enjoy chocolate treats – maybe I’ll do it and bring to work or do more research
  • Zucchini – I’ve been using it a lot but we’re being given so much of this and the seeds that I started in my apartment were transplanted to my parents and it’s giving huge zucchinis – which is so cool but I’m quickly running out of ideas of different ways to use it up – especially because Daniel is not the biggest fan of zucchini 🙂 We’re eating zucchini almost every day to use it up!

Wanna join me?

Removing decorative belts from pants

Removing decorative belts from pants

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Giving clothes a second life

I decided to start a series about mending and making small clothes alterations. As you know, I do love to start new projects but what you might not know is I don’t like to mend very much, I consider it super boring, I’ve been doing […]

Why we need to use RSS

Why we need to use RSS

I love social media, I love following people I admire and get a glimpse of their life. It’s so cool that we are in a world where we can be connected so easily with people from other countries, different realities. I love to see the […]

Happiness Project 2018 – Mid Year Progress

Happiness Project 2018 – Mid Year Progress

I thought it could be interesting to share how my happiness project is going, it has been interesting to learn some things about me but it’s definitely too easy to go back to old habits. If you want to know more about the happiness project and why I decided to join, take a look at this post. I’ll try to not be too specific otherwise it will get too boring but probably the end of the year happiness project post will be super exhaustive so get prepared!

Your work is not your life

This past month I’ve been working a lot, way more than I’d like to, so the commandment “Your work is not your life” definitely went out the window. It has been consuming me so much, not only hours but stress as well. When my stress manifests itself as lack of hunger (if there’s one thing that I don’t have is lack of appetite) or poorly slept nights, it’s definitely serious.

Not only that but it also affects other areas of my life, it takes all the motivation to actually accomplish something at personal level: one of the things that has been neglected? my blog, apologies for that! Who wants to be productive after working until 11pm? No one (or is it only me? 🙂 ). I hope these troubling times pass or I can control better the effect they have on me so I can focus on myself too.

Self Love

Ignoring the above, I feel that mostly I’ve been giving time to do the things I need to keep me sane. I’ve been going to the gym, write in my journal, take walks by myself, doing something creative. These are all vital for me at this moment and I need to have time for them, even if it means saying no to others.

Going to the gym has been particularly important, it’s a good way to relieve some stress and it’s giving me more energy which is odd but true.

Don’t buy books until I’ve read all that are in my shelves

Buying books was not something I thought it would be so hard but honestly it comes out a lot. I see book recommendations and I immediately want to buy the book. It’s also hard every time I go to flea markets to resist at a super cheap book. I’ve always been a saver and it surprised me how often the buying impulse is showing up when talking about books. I’m glad I challenged myself to do this, it was definitely something that I needed.

Better done than perfect / Don’t overthink

In terms of perfectionism and self confidence, it’s hard work. I still think too much, I still leave blog posts in draft for months because I think no one cares or I don’t have enough knowledge to talk about something, I still want “gold stars” from my favorite people. There’s still a long path ahead of me but I’m trying to be better. One step at a time.

And since we’re talking about perfectionism, for a short time in May I dropped it and launched “Em Segunda Mão” (in english, “In Second Hand” – the whole website is translated to English if you want to check it out), something that was in my mind forever, but because of perfectionism I was not launching it. It’s a directory of stores in Portugal that sell used items. After “A Granel” and the impact that it had, I really wanted to launch this, especially since buying in bulk it’s less accessible to the general population than buying used, not only because of the lack of stores but also because of the cost. The logo is definitely not the biggest work of art but I had to launch anyway. Can you believe that the project was stopped for 6 months just because of the logo? I had to accept what I had and move on.

The post actually was shorter than I expected! I edited it down a lot but still.

What about you? How is it going? I’d love to know our your happiness project or your goals are going!

Sewing Cloth Napkins

Sewing Cloth Napkins

Switching from paper towels to cloth napkins was one of the easiest changes to reduce waste, not only it feels more grown up but it’s also more eco friendlier. Until now, I’ve been using napkins given by my mom that she didn’t use, but it […]