What things did you enjoy the most about your experience this week?
When faced with three bunches of radish as part of my Too good to go “surprise bag,” I couldn’t help feeling a bit curious about what I would do with all these leaves because I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them into the composting bin.
So, I looked up several recipes online and ended up following or modifying them with astonishing results. Not only that, I had enough to also share with friends!
What were the main challenges you faced during the week?
The fantastic supermarket surprise bag with rescued food also came with a few foodstuffs with a very high footprint and fat print. Although I would not buy such a thing when doing my groceries, the purpose of acquiring these bags is to prevent food waste, and I’m certainly not going to throw away something just because it’s processed red meat (a sort of dry salami). While my footprint stayed vegetarian, the one of my family didn’t, as my husband kindly consumed the green experiment plus the salamis. My toddler ate the same as me, though.
What were your main lessons learned of the week?
As a family member, it is hard to separate one’s personal footprint with the one of the people I make food for. They consume what I serve them, so I’m certainly responsible for their footprints, particularly the one of my toddler. It is not a new lesson but the whole debate of what to do with the two salamis was a good reminder of our extended responsibility as parents.
What would have made it easier for you to achieve or surpass your target this week?
Despite the salami, I swiftly met my weekly target. While many may argue that structuring your meal plan according to what comes in the surprise bag of rescued food could be a bit counterproductive because you don’t really know what you’ll get, in general, it is a very nice way to challenge oneself to be creative. In addition, most of these bags come mainly with fruits and vegetables (and the occasional salami!), so it’s also an excellent way to keep a healthy diet.
I reckon that I thought about giving the salami away to another red-meat-eating friend, but then again, that’s just pinning the footprint on someone else’s shoulders. On the other hand, my husband did appreciate the unexpected treat – that’s how he called it. He’s also on board to reduce his footprint, but he likes eating that kind of stuff now and then.