#PlasticFreeJuly2019: Stop Food Waste

Two weeks ago I made about #PlasticFreeJuly: Be More Enviromentally Friendly, and how July is being a month of awareness of how much waste we produce on this little planet of ours. While plastic is one of the massive causes, food is also a massive thing that we are wasting in our everyday lives, and that’s what I want to highlight in today’s post.

Last Monday I ventured off to a talk all about how to stop food waste and how to be more sustainable with our food/food waste. It was a very interesting talk hosted by Taz Kelleher, co-founder of Sustainable Fashion Dublin, and from that she has created Sustainable Food Dublin; along with her she had Dee Laffan of Food and Wine Ireland, Eoin Cluskey from Bread41 Dublin, and Stop Waste Ireland all sharing their tips and tricks on how you can be more aware of what you are wasting.

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The 1st Sustainable Food Dublin talk

Here are some of the key things I took from the talk:

  • The making of 1 quarter-pounder burger = a 90 minute shower!
  • Even if a cup, plastic or paper, says it’s decompose-able unless you recycle it properly/put it in a compost bin, it’s actually causing more damage to the environment, due to the gasses the cup emits while in general waste. You’re better off just using reusable cups and bottles.
  • While shopping, try and avoid foods that are wrapped in plastic. If you can buy your fruits and veg loose, it’s much better than buying them in plastic. Some supermarkets allow you to discard of plastic off their produce at checkout and sometimes even have bins provided.
  • Composting is key to fueling our planets natural resources.
  • Try and avoid processed foods whenever possible.
  • Be the solution, not the problem. If you feel overwhelmed with all these new things, try take on even just 1 new habit every month. Start with reusable cups this month. Something else next month, and so on until these habits are everyday life.
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leaflets we were given at the talk

Solutions to Help Prevent Food Waste:

  • Plan your meals for the week before going shopping. Only buy as you need, never ‘just in case’.
  • Try keeping leftover foods in clear containers. You’re more likely to want to use the food quicker before it goes bad if you can see what’s in the container as opposed to coloured containers, or containers you can’t see through.
  • Try not go by best before/use by dates. Use your senses to your advantage, sight, smell and taste. Just because produce says use by 07/12/19, it’s not automatically going to go expire at midnight.
  • Buy local, buy fresh. When buying meat and fruit and veg, try shop from your local butcher, markets, and fishmongers. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions about where the produce is from.

4 Key Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

  • Eat Less Meat — Try having one meat free day a week.
  • Buy Seasonally — find out what fruits and veg grow in each season, and try to eat them when they’re ‘in season’, as that’s when they are at their best.
  • Buy Local — buy from your local butcher, fishmonger and markets, as opposed to buying from massive supermarket chains.
  • Cut down your food waste. There’s very little food that can’t go in your food waste bin, but that doesn’t mean we should just chuck it in there. Try freezing leftover portions, or heck even feed it to the dog (once its safe for them of course).
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Free kombucha was given at the talk. I’m now reusing the bottle for my cold brew coffee.

Our generation are probably one of the most wasteful generations in existence, and it’s now more than ever that we need to become more and more aware of what we’re consuming, how we’re consuming and what we’re going to do to change that going into the future!

If you’ve any questions, feel free to ask, and I’ll answer to the best of my ability, and if I can’t answer, I’ll veer you in the right direction!

🙂

Easy Homemade Iced Latte in 3 Simple Steps!

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I’m back, and have a few blog posts lined up for the next few weeks, enjoy!

Today I’m sharing with you how I make my very own homemade iced latte’s! It’s so simple, and all you need is coffee, your coffee making tools, some milk and ice!

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All Photos © Dean Kealy

I’ve been making these on and off over the last few months, and I feel like I’m finally confident enough to share with you a recipe/method in which everyone who loves iced coffees will enjoy!

Step 1

Make your coffee! This is the easy part. Simply make yourself a cup of black coffee, whichever way you prefer, whether it’s with a french press, a cafetiere, with a machine or bog standard instant coffee. Make sure it’s not a massive mug though, we only need less than half a cup of coffee.

Next, your going to take 3-4 ice cubes and pop them in your freshly brewed coffee, and swish it about until the ice cubes have just about melted.

Step 1.5: (optional)

This is the point where if you like sweet coffee, you’re going to want to add your sweetener or flavorings now! Personally I enjoy mine with a teaspoon of honey, but you can add a syrup of your choice if you like. Simply add it to the coffee you’ve cooled, and stir.

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Froth your milk

Step 2

The next step is to froth your milk, and make it nice and fluffy, to really make it the ‘latte’ part of the drink. Take your milk, any kind will do, I personally use non-dairy (almond, coconut, soya etc), but normal dairy milk works too. What you want is about a 2/3rd ratio to your coffee. To froth it, simply pour the milk into a french press, and plunge it consistently for about 30 seconds until it gets nice and fluffy. If you don’t have a french press: you can pop the milk into a leak proof container or a protein shaker, and shake the crap out of it until it goes fluffy.

 

Step 3

We’re on the home stretch now. Pour your cooled coffee into a glass, mason jar, whatever you want, and pop as much ice as you like in with it. Next, your going to take that lovely frothy milk, but instead of just pouring it directly in on top of your coffee, you’re going to take a table spoon, and pour the milk over the tablespoon in on top of the coffee. This make the milk sit on top of the coffee and drip down into it giving a really visual effect.

Final Step:

Grab yourself a reusable straw (no plastic here thank you very much!), pop it into your iced latte, and don’t forget to Instagram the shit out of that thing, because damn! Now you can enjoy your very own homemade iced latte!

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Enjoy!