When I first left home to go to university, I couldn’t cook a thing. I didn’t know how to cook pasta, or make an omelette. That’s a very different story to today, when I know how to make most things from scratch.
Cooking is a skill that everyone should have. We eat three meals a day, every day! That doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated, fancy, time-consuming, or expensive. In fact, it generally isn’t.
Before I gave up plastic in 2012, I assumed many things were difficult to make, simply because I always bought them… and so did everybody else. Shopping without packaging made me explore whether I could make these things myself. In most cases, the answer was yes – and very simply.
I think everybody should eat real food. Actual ingredients. Plenty of fruit and vegetables. Whole foods. The recipes I share are simple and easy to replicate, and I’m able to buy the ingredients without packaging (hopefully you can too, although it might depend on where you live).
Today I eat a plant-based diet. That means I prefer to eat fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and pulses. I’ve been a meat-eater, pescatarian, and a vegetarian. Whilst the recipes I share today are dairy- and egg-free, that wasn’t always the case. Everyone is on their own journey, and you won’t any find judgement here. Just good food ;)
These are all the recipes currently available on the blog. If real food, cooking from scratch and plant-based eating is something you’d like to know more about, I’d also recommend you follow along on Instagram as I tend to share food related things far more often than on my website.
- Why and How To Make Nut Milk (It Isn’t Just About the Brownies) (although, these chocolate brownies are worth making nut milk for…)
- DIY Sourdough Starter + Zero Waste Crackers
- A Beginner’s Guide to Aquafaba
- Zero Waste Strawberry Recipes (And None of Them Are Jam)
- Food Waste That You Can “Re-Use”
- 5 Superfoods You Already Have in the Cupboard
- Recipe: Carrot Pulp Cracker Flatbreads
- A Recipe: Banana Chocolate Surprise Muffins
- Make your own: plastic-free, sugar-free muesli
- Oven-roasted chickpeas – a plastic free alternative to potato chips?
- Forgive me, for I have sinned (plus a recipe for coconut yoghurt) (dairy free)
- Possibly the best raw chocolate brownie ever
- Roasting, Soaking, Sprouting, Activating, or Eating Raw – a guide to eating nuts
- Wakame gomasio: what it is and how to make it
- Experimenting with seed milks
- Awesome rawsome chocolate mousse!
- How to make your own sprouts!
- Plastic-free Sweetcorn
- Raw Chocolate Nut Butter Cups
- Making Almond Butter
- Recipe! Cacao Banana Smoothie
- Homemade hummus and tzatziki
- How to…make cashew nut milk
- How to…make labne (cheese) and Greek-style yoghurt
- Baking Sourdough Bread.
- How to…make your own natural yoghurt
- Green smoothies
Other Thoughts on Real Food
Not recipes, but other tips and thoughts for eating more real food.
- Why I Choose a Plant-Based Diet (but no, I’m not a vegan)
- How to Eat Clean
- The sustainable, ethical, natural way to eat – the ‘clean’ approach
- Do you know what’s in your food? (And can you trust your supermarket?)
- One reason why I don’t shop at Supermarkets
- The irony of the “treat”
- Modern Milk
If you’d like to know more about shopping plastic-free, or how to start a zero waste pantry, you might find the Plastic-Free and Zero Waste sections of my website useful. If you have any questions, you’re always welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My inbox is always open!