Hello lovely people! If, like me, you are trying to introduce more sustainable practices to your daily life then I think I have the resource for you – One: Pot, Pan, Planet, the new cookbook from Anna Jones. I am so grateful to Tandem Collective for running the cookalong and allowing me to take part, and also to 4th Estate Books for supplying the cookbook in advance.
Sustainable cooking is really important and although this cookbook is vegetarian and vegan, I have found the recipes to be quite adaptable. The book is full of helpful tips for cutting down on food waste and even foraging for safe foods while out and about, which something that could really encourage wee ones to participate. Food waste is a huge, and expensive, problem – in Anna’s first #onechangechallenge video, she highlighted that we waste 30% of the food we buy at home! The ‘One Veg’ section within the cookbook provides a range of simple recipe inspiration when you’re left looking at a sad, uninspiring and/or empty fridge and don’t know what you could possibly do to make carrots appealing. There’s even a recipe for a chocolate cake that includes rosemary… incase you ever have leftover herbs that you don’t want to waste!
The recipe I decided on for the cookalong was the Quick Chickpea Braise with Kale & Harissa. This was totally out of my comfort zone and is nothing like what I normally cook or eat, so it was definitely a good personal challenge and I was so pleased with how this recipe turned out. It was quick and easy to prepare and cook – I think it will be a new go-to dish when I can’t be bothered spending ages cooking after a long day at work. You can see more of my cooking experience over on my instagram.
I’m not much of a cook, so I picked this recipe for it’s simplicity – I found that I had most of the ingredients in my cupboard already and there were very few steps involved! But after the Chickpea Braise last week, I think I will try a recipe that is a little more involved, so my next cooking adventure will be Baked Dhal with Tamarind-glazed Sweet Potato, I have my shopping list ready to go and have shared the recipe below so you can cook along with me.
Taking part in this cookalong and Anna’s #onechangechallenge really made me think about the changes that I could make to my daily habits to try and be more sustainable. I firmly believe that starting small is the best way to approach this and make the transition a little easier. I asked on instagram what changes people had made to become more sustainable in their practices, some answers included:
– walking to work instead of driving
– taking a refillable bottle out with you
– washable and reusable period products, such as bamboo pads and the moon cup
– moving away from fast fashion to more ethical brands
If you have any other suggestions or tips, please share them in the comments.
When beginning this journey, some people suggest starting in one room and seeing what changes you could make there. One: Pot, Pan, Planet is packed with tips for reducing food waste and making the most of the resources you have in your kitchen, but small changes can be incorporated anywhere! For example, you could swap liquid hand soap, shampoo and conditioner for solid bars which can last longer and eliminate plastic waste.
One simple change that I have found beneficial was swapping cotton pads for reusable ones – they are a great addition to my skincare routine and I much prefer them to single use cotton pads. My favourite ones are from MhairiAleta on Etsy (you can also find her on instagram – make sure you’re following so you don’t miss out on any offers!), and I would highly recommend the Reusable Cotton/Bamboo Terry Face Pads.
Look at this cute wee set! I bought this as a Mother’s Day gift, but I was a little sad that I couldn’t keep them for myself.
They are a great eco-friendly alternative to cotton pads and disposable face wipes. The convenient, soft and absorbent make-up remover/cleansing pads are kinder to your skin and the environment, especially as you recieve a pack of 5 with a recycled fabric wash-bag. Mhairi also has a cute range of scrunchies and really comfy facemasks too! I honestly cannot recommend her shop more.
Okay, I’ve rambled long enough but please let me know if you try any of the recipes or have stories to share about your own sustainable swaps.