Real Simple Lunch

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When I am not eating leftovers this is my go to lunch.  I always boil more eggs than I need at a time as I know they will get eaten for a quick snack or to beef up a salad.

Boiled Eggs (free range if possible)

Can of tuna (in spring water)

Salad stuff- tomato/lettuce/red onion/olives or leftover veg from night before – i.e. broccoli/peas

Drizzle over olive oil and salt & pepper

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Real Household Guide

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A gem I found recently when going through a box of old books from my partners family is a book called New Zealand Women’s Household Guide: Containing Recipes and General Hints. I couldn’t find what year this was from but from some Googling I estimate that it was published some time in the late 1930s. This book is full of recipes that are a few sentences long that are homely and use real ingredients. I plan to make some of these recipes – stay tuned!

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Real Frugal

As we are on a reduced income at the moment with myself being at home with baby we are always thinking of how we can make savings. Cancelling subscriptions like Sky and Spotify went first, and just recently we cancelled our landline opting to have naked broadband. Of course this is only possible because we have reliable mobile phones and contracts with free minutes.

We created a shopping list that has all the items that are our staples each week and try our hardest not to deter from this list. We dropped buying chicken and pork because we were not willing to go back to not eating free range so cheap cuts of beef ideal for stewing and beef mince are on the menu most nights. Also having a meat free dinner once a week helps – we buy tofu or tempheh (this is around $5.00 from Pak’n’Save) which has become to be a Friday night tradition of green salad with tofu/tempheh with agria potato homemade chips.

Just this weekend gone we planted our vege garden which has been a long time coming. I planted kale, broccoli, lettuce, onion, leeks and beetroot. We fertilise our garden with our compost made from our bokashi buckets that we got through Auckland City Council. We plan to grow agria potatoes too in pea straw which I still have to get around to.

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While I am yet to make the switch to reusable nappies I have made a start by making my own reusable wipes by simply cutting up a cloth nappy into small squares and having a spray bottle with water to on hand to wet the cloth wipes when needed. Reusable nappies coming soon…

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Real Fermenting

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Over the last year or so I have been reading books on the health benefits of real food – i.e. non processed, fresh food. I read a great book by Michael Pollen titled – Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation which reinforced my thoughts on eating real food. The chapters on fermenting foods inspired me to have a go myself. My partner is somewhat of a water keffir guru and as we don’t buy or consume sugary drinks water keffir is always brewing in our house. I have recently been hearing and reading of the health benefits of sauerkraut so being the easiest to make I made my first batch.

Sauerkraut Recipe

Cabbage

2 tbsp salt

Slice the cabbage into thin strips, massage salt into cabbage, put into jar, weigh down, cover with cloth, leave for one-two weeks or more to ferment.

Getting Real

Two years ago we moved to Glen Innes in Auckland. It has definitely opened up our eyes to the realities facing some people in unfortunate circumstances. Rather than dwell on statistics I endeavour to see the good in my community and do all that I can to give back.

Being of mixed Pacific and European heritage as well as living in a community where there is a large percentage of Maori and Pacific people I feel it is time to get real in many different ways. From diet to raising children I feel there are many good things we can take from these cultures to better our lives.

One way that I can do this is while at home with a newborn is to make people aware of their encourage people to eat real food.  Right now I am loving drinking Koko Samoa. I get mine from Pricecutter in G.I, sold behind the counter for $6.00. For those who don’t know it is usually a roundish cone shaped block of cocoa beans that have been mashed into a paste and solidified. Made by simply grating of a couple of tablespoons of the Koko and boiling with water in a pot (add sugar if desired and a touch of cream or coconut cream). I love drinking this first thing in the morning, and have managed to cut down on coffee which is perfect if you are breastfeeding.

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