Keeping your greens fresh

Hey Friends!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Today is one of my favorite days, and no, it’s not because of the booze, it’s because of the color GREEN! If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is one of my favorite colors (the other being blue).

green.st.patrick'sday.saynotofoodwaste.sustainable.happy.green.cheers.forevergreen.last.recipe.celebrate.3Green is a symbol of the environment, of renewal and life. As we celebrate today and wait for spring, which arrives in a few days, it’s good to have more green in your life. You can do this by wearing green clothes, buying green plants or growing your own plants (like the green semeni that’s grown in all the households of Azerbaijan for the Novruz celebration – the coming of spring).

You can also add green to your plate with avocado that magically turns into guacamole. Speaking of, here’s a cool tip on keeping your avocados fresh. The video below shows you different ‘techniques’ to keep your unused avocado slices fresh. In it you’ll see different techniques tested, everything from plastic wrap and ziploc bags, to olive oil and onions, but the are only two winners in the end.

If curious, check out the video below….and if you don’t have time then scroll for the two winning instructions.

The first winner was the sliced avocado placed inside a plastic container the bottom of which was covered in sliced onion. The chemical properties of the onion kept the avocado fresh, without affecting the taste (as it only touched the bottom (skinned part) of the avo). The second winner was lemon juice. If you poured lemon juice on top of an avocado half and sealed it in a container it would stay equally as fresh as the onion one.

So, with these tips I hope you venture out to your grocery store and stock up on avocados. Use some to make guacamole for today’s snack and the other unused half place in a container lined with onions, or just squeeze some lemon juice on top. It will stay fresh and be ready for your next party or avocado craving.

Happy eating & drinking!
Hokuma

What is the noblest profession in the world? – Farmer

8627987607_627bac4ee9_zIt has been a while since we posted something on our blog. I hope you understand that sometimes a couple of weeks without work help you clear your mind and come up with new ideas for new projects. Since I see holidays as a time for thinking, reading and doing completely nothing, I came back with a couple of deep thoughts about our food system.

The main topic of this entry will be how we treat our food. By “we” I mean the majority of our readers who live in cities and are rather disconnected from nature and food growing or animal breeding. For us food is situated in the fridge or in one of our kitchen pantries. If one gets empty, we probably are not further away than 30 minutes walking or driving from a closest grocery store, convenience store or a supermarket. I know that most of us don’t forget about the way all of these produce came to life, but on the other hand we kind of do forget. Even if we know how the process of growing food looks like, either because we saw it on a farm while being a kid or saw a documentary about farming, we don’t actually spend much time during a meal thinking where our food came from and how it was grown. Nowadays, we are used to new ways of living and because of the fast pace of life we don’t have even a minute to contemplate a little bit about the person who grew our tomatoes or spend 2 years with the cow we are eating on our weekend burger.

Now I would like to ask again the question from the title of this entry. So what is the noblest profession in the world? Every single person that I have asked said either a doctor or a nurse. And it is true, because they often sacrifice themselves to save the lives of others. I know that many people owe doctors their lives and I also know that doctors have a huge responsibility over our lives in emergency situations. However, no person in the world would be able to survive a week without a farmer (unless they are a farmer themselves), i.e. “the guy that makes food”. If someone asks you: “Where did you get these good tomatoes?” you won’t respond: “Oh, it’s from Tom’s farm down the road.” You will probably name some eco food store or maybe a supermarket. On the other hand, when it comes to doctors or lawyers, names become very important. You probably won’t be naming the hospital name or the law firm, but a particular individual that you think is good. So in some way the work of a certain farmer is not appreciated in the way it should be.

I believe that there should be some system of tracking farmers that supply our distributors with food in order to know who makes our favorite products. Of course, I am not talking here of big scale production where farmers are Nestle, Kellogg’s or Kraft. I am talking about people that are giving their lives to produce good quality food. Maybe you have some ideas on how to create such a system or maybe in your country such a system already exists. Let’s give more credit to the people that make our delicious food!! If you have any idea, please share it with us below.

In the next post I will continue developing some of the ideas mentioned above…

 

Posted by Piotr Wielezynski

7 steps to a ‘green’ you

Most of us face a lot of difficult questions on a daily basis, such as: what to buy? what to wear? where to go? how to prepare or fix something? A lot of times we seek answers to these questions by asking those closest to us: friends, family and loved ones. Sometimes, we want to ask these questions anonymously to a bigger audience, so we turn to Google.
In todays post, we will share with you 7 easy steps, drafted by Green Geek, on how you can become more green and lower your carbon footprint. While all the steps might sound easy, you should keep in mind that habits take time to unlearn. Our advice to you is to pick just 1, or max 2 steps to work on, and once they become a new habit embark on the rest.