Nick Ray: DAY 2 … magically creative

2nd April, 2012 —   

Eggs again for the whole family. Hearty cheers all round the breakfast table for my consistency. Kids arked up about olive oil on bread (which I love). Talitha wanted just straight salt on bread – no oil. Janet pointed out that farmers supplying Devondale brand are likely to be located relatively close by. I checked it out and although it’s a Victorian based coop, Murray Goulburn (who own Devondale brand) are made up of dairy farmers from VIC, NSW and SA. They actually supply a third of Australia’s milk. Their 8 processing facilities are however all inVictoria. With kids whining and Devondale butter in the fridge… that’s good enough for me.

Spent the morning at our local ‘hell on earth’ – the Braybrook tip. Every plastic thing I own will one day end up in a hole in the ground like this. Today, I was removing construction rubble from my backyard. My deliberate policy of storing all waste to reuse later in some magically creative way has recently been butted firmly up against my intentional desire of allowing space to breath, have order and seek simplicity. Hmmm… how to be responsible for our impact in our consumer culture, and not implode?

Anyway, returned for some magically creative apple fritters served up by Janet. A simple concoction of finely diced apples (Mooks at Red Hill), flour (Powlett hill), milk (True Organic coop), eggs (here), and some Queen vanilla essence (Says on the bottle: processed in Aus from Aus and imported ingredients; Aus products are used wherever possible; based in Aderley QLD… very small letters). Also Janet’s apricot jam (local apricots) and friend Jackie’s strawberry jam (pick-your-own strawberries). Drinks included Janet’s homemade lemon cordial and a warm and friendly cup of tea…. hmmm … didn’t think about this one till we were well settled, sipping and smiling. Hard to break old habits.

Evening meal was rippa. Slow-roasted purple carrots, beetroot and tomatoes made into delicious soup. All from our WOC coop veggie box. Carrots and beetroots from Forest Hill farm which is actually in Tassie, tomatoes from Merrigum.

Dessert was a bemusing attempt at ‘soy custard’. Using the left over soy pulp from the soy milk made yesterday I added honey (our honey from our roof-top bees), egg, milk, and sultanas (from Robinvale). Devondale cream on top. Some votes of confidence, others not so convinced.

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Name: Nick Ray
Suburb: Footscray
State: VIC
Team: Westies
Size: Feast-sized

Nick Ray's Challenges

  • Source local meat & cheeses
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Go foraging! - eat edible weeds
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Go plastic-free packaging
  • Start a worm farm
  • Visit a local commuity garden
  • Join a food coop
  • Join a CSA farm
  • Speak with your school canteen about local sourcing