Tuesday, August 24, 2010

food and flowers

we got our first veggie box through CERES food connect (organic, local produce) today:
i'm impressed. the photo doesn't show all the food, just a sample of each kind. we got a small veggie box ($25). it included things like celery, pumpkin, cabbage, potatoes, radishes, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, onions, shallots, potatoes, carrots, turnip, parsnip, carrots and mushrooms. they also do fruit boxes and mixed fruit and veggie boxes. You can also get a few extras like rice and corn cakes, soy milk (although we get the same stuff delivered to our door for less through aussie farmers), organic oats and some other non-vegan things like eggs and honey. my work has just signed up to be a "cousin city" (pickup point) so it's super easy for me to get my food (just bring 2 pannier bags on tuesdays). we're a private pick up point for families at kinder only since we can't really have strangers coming in to pick up boxes with children in the building but it's a good way for families to eat local organic produce.

this photo was from a spontaneous happy hour i decided we needed to have a couple weeks ago (i think we need to do this more often):
clockwise from the top left side is bread pieces and olive oil (for the dukkah), crackers, hummous, vegan shitake mushroom pate (i can't remember the brand but you can get it at the organic shop at the north end of lygon st and possibly at radical grocery(?)-- it was really good, homemade dukkah from this recipe. we had homebrew to drink (possibly a pale ale made from coopers homebrew).

oatmeal date nut muffins:
so good! i halved the recipe and made mini muffins. i wished i'd done the full recipe (and i should have done full sized muffins because i've eaten them 3-5 at a time). the recipe is here.

my citizenship plant (the one i got at my citizenship ceremony last year) opened it's first flower today! i haven't killed it yet!
i can't remember what kind of flower it is (something native that has a bit of a kangaroo paw plant shape).
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