Kathleen Delley: Excited by what’s ahead!

1st April, 2013 —   

I wrote heaps here and it’s all gone and I’m really quite disappointed.

I’m excited about the challenge but I can’t understand why when I hit ‘save draft’ everything disappeared and yet all that remained was my title and a ‘0 word count’. Unfortunately this has put quite a dampener on the whole blogging experience for me. I can’t believe I didn’t copy and paste my text into another document before hitting save draft! :S

Unfortunately I don’t have the time to repeat everything I wrote. Much of it extended on from my bio, so please look at that if you’re interested.

I was saying that it’s great being a public health nutritionist and having a supportive partner as much of my personal interest is relevant to work and vice versa. I also listed many of the events that I’ve been to recently – Lina and Tony’s Rose Creek Estate event Tuscany in East Keilor (which Kev and I loved), Foodpreneurs, 3rd National Sustainable Food Summit, A Feast of Ideas: EcoCity Food Lightning Talks, EcoCity Food Forum, CERES Autumn Harvest and that Kev and I had just done the bread making course at the Abbotsford Convent.

We’ve chosen the meal-sized challenge but many of the things on the list we either already do or have recently started doing, such as:

  • making our own yoghurt
  • buying cruelty free eggs
  • sourcing our fruit/veg primarily from a box system
  • having our own worm farm
  • growing and eating our own food
  • swapping food with others in the neighbourhood, work and family in the Grampians
  • sourcing local meats through my family’s connections in the Grampians
  • composting our kichen scraps
  • enjoying local wine (Grampians shiraz is the best!!)
  • boycotting the duopoly and shopping at local independent grocers, butchers and delis (love Psarakos in High Street Thornbury and the CERES market!)
  • cooking with seasonal produce
  • buying from the farmgate etc
  • regularly going meat free

We recently audited all the food we have in the house and figured that even if it doesn’t meet the criteria of this challenge, it’s best that it’s used rather than wasted, though we’re focusing on using Victorian produce as much as possible. We’ve been busy planning out our week of meals and are very excited to use our new toy on Wednesday – slow cooker given to us as engagement present – to make a Irish stew using lamb dad gave me, veges from our fruit and veg box and the lamb stock we made!

Tomorrow we’re having a friend over to enjoy some fish mum and dad caught in Port Fairy with homemade wedges and salad from the fruit and veg box and tonight, because we also subscribe to Meat Free Mondays, we’re making veg stacks with a tomato from a lady at work, eggplant from CERES (Belmont I believe) and other veg/basil from our garden/fruit and veg box. But this is where we run into trouble – the everyday cheese we buy is “Great Ocean Road low fat cheddar” (health is a big consideration for me, especially on everyday items such as milk/cheese etc) but this is available exclusively through Coles. So we’re going to have to go to Coles to get some because we’re out! :S I hate that we have to but what else could we do??

Oh and in case you were wondering, for breakfast I had eggs (local, free range) on toast (already had it – Burgen Rye) with my homemade sauerkraut made with a cabbage from my fruit and veg box. Yum!

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Name: Kathleen Delley
Suburb: Thornbury
State: VIC
Team: 2KD
Size: Meal-sized

Kathleen Delley's Challenges

  • Don't use the supermarkets this week - shop at local independent grocers, butchers and delis
  • Shop at a farmers' market
  • Source farm-gate produce
  • Sign up to a neighbourhood fruit and veg box system
  • Shop at a local food coop, buy in bulk, take your own containers
  • Buy cruelty free eggs (laid by happy chooks!)
  • Source free-range or organic meats
  • Harvest and eat food from your own garden
  • Dine at a cafe or restaurant with sustainable features
  • Cook with seasonal produce
  • Enjoy local beer or wine
  • Swap sugar for local honey (or stevia)
  • Go meat free (vegetarian)
  • Make yoghurt
  • Compost your kitchen scraps
  • Start a worm farm
  • Attend a local food swap
  • Visit a local commuity garden
  • Find out more about and try food preserving - bottling, drying, freezing
  • Find out about Urban bee-keeping
  • Like Local harvest on facebook, or follow on Twitter
  • Read a relevant book
  • Host a book discussion
  • Volunteer at a farm, school garden or community garden