Zero Waste Supermarket!

I WENT TO A ZERO WASTE SUPERMARKET!

My little sister Phoebe challenged me to practice what I preach and #refuseplastic for two weeks… how hard can it be when I try not to buy plastic anyway? When you run out of pasta, rice and lentils you suddenly realise that plastic is everywhere and my usual shopping trolley is clearly riddled with plastic. Suddenly I NEED pasta!

 

We can take baby steps towards reducing the plastic we buy, and collectively make a global movement towards consuming less plastic. This could result in less plastic in the oceans, could bring back an attitude of reusing the packaging we’ve got instead of just recycling, and shift attitudes towards supporting a healthier and more fair planet!

I visited Sel Fair, a zero-waste supermarket in Bremen, and I was not disappointed. I found it on www.bepakt.com, and suggest that you try the same for your area! I took my own jars and boxes, weighed them, filled them, then weighed again. I bought only what I needed, and I didn’t bring away any extra ‘waste’ that would end up in the recycling bin again. Bulk stores are popular in America… let’s bring more of them to Europe!

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#Practicewhatyoupreach… whether you hear yourself preaching a love for the environment, for animals or for your carbon footprint… I challenge you to REFUSE PLASTIC for the rest of the day, and show yourself that you can actively care for this planet!

30 minute pizza dough (!!!!)

Yep, you heard it right, THIRTY minutes for a dough… I found this beautiful recipe (click here) on allrecipes, and expected it to probably not be as good as usual pizza dough that takes hours in rising time. But it was almighty.

Highly recommend.

  
I then used an organic passata for the tomato base.

  
Then added crushed garlic, sliced tomato, sliced mushrooms, spring onion, olives and sliced courgette (why hold back?!).

  
And after 25 mins in the oven, I drizzled with olive oil and added spinach that wilted on top.

WIN.

  

Spoil yourself

You’re worth it! Today I decided I was worth it and created this feast for lunch. Follow me on Instagram @mollyczachur for more photos 😃👍

 1. Spinach and spring onion salad with avocado and balsamic glaze

2. Four bean salad (bought a big tub from Aldi for £1.49- lazy person’s bargain)

3. Chilli/garlic olives (Aldi again, £1.49)

4. Mange tout

5. A strong black coffee (I added sugar-guilty!)

Blueberry and Lemon Cupcakes

I made cakes for my cousin’s baby’s christening! Woah that was a mouthful.

They were blueberry and lemon cupcakes, and they were so much fun to make and were NOM. I made a lemon buttercream for on top, and made soo much buttercream that I froze a whole box of it! Google told me that you can freeze it up to 3 months… so I’m going with that, and I will thaw it the day before I use it. yay. I even made candied orange peel using the lemon peel, you’d think I had loads of spare time (I don’t!).

So here they are, and you can click here for the cake recipe!

Enjoy mmmm

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And here’s a few from the decorating! Just found these ‘pearls’ and I’m not sure that they’re vegan but they were there and looked christening-ey!

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And here’s the final decorated product!

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‘not-so-traditional’ Gooey Caramel Slice

WANT THIS. NOW. Also want my dissertation to be complete so I can cook lovely things all the time!

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Okay, so this really is the best thing since traditional caramel slice.. my raw and vegan ‘not-so-traditional’ Gooey Caramel Slice. This is for all you caramel slice lovers out there… Warning: it is sweet, delicious, and you will have dreams about this once its all gone. 😉

Now I must confess, all my life I have never been in the caramel slice fan club.. I always found it to be overwhelmingly sweet to the point of sickening. But as I’ve matured, my love for dark chocolate has grown, and now my love for caramel slice is forming, actually it just formed today when I tried this caramel slice 😉 .

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This recipe is vegan (dairy free), refined sugar free, and gluten free. and full of goodness: high in healthy fats, antioxidants, fibre, and minerals 🙂

You will notice there is four layers: a nutty vanilla base, coconut cashew layer, gooey…

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