Trying to be Eco-Friendly in Isolation

It’s been a while since I last had the chance to write a blog post and a lot has changed since I last wrote. As a family we are into our fifth week of self isolation – our youngest child has Cystic Fibrosis which means we are all ‘shielding’ for at least 12 weeks. We’re not allowed out beyond our garden (and I can’t tell you how grateful I am that we’ve got a garden) so we’re totally reliant on people bring supplies to us, which is a very strange feeling. It also means that our plastic free, more eco-friendly shopping habits have had to be put on hold but at the same time we’re learning some lessons that will help us be even more environmentally conscious. With panic buying and supermarket delivery slots rarer than hen’s teeth we have really struggled to get food and whilst we have now managed to get a couple of priority delivery slots and our weekly government food parcel food isn’t available in quite the same abundance as it was before. I’d always thought I’d been pretty good at not wasting food but this has now been taken to a new level! We’re having some slightly strange combinations but we’re certainly not going hungry and I think it’s making us all more appreciative of what we’ve got. It’s certainly been a shock for my children who have been used to so much more choice but it’s definitely helping to cure some of the fussy eating – new things are being tried (and eaten). My son is even eating his crusts!

We’ve had a surplus of carrots (the government food parcel has included a very generous bag each week) so I’ve been trying out new recipes with carrots. Last night I made carrot fritters for tea which went down well. I think they would have benefitted from a few more herbs but I didn’t have any so this was the basic recipe I used:

3 carrots

1 egg

1/4 cup of flour

1 clove garlic

Salt and pepper

Peel and grate the carrots and mix with the flour, salt and pepper and crushed garlic. Heat some oil in a frying pan and put dessert spoonfuls of the mixture in and flatten slightly to form fritters. Fry for about 2 mins on each side.

I think they’d be lovely served with salad and hummus and dips but we had ours with some rice and a tin of mushy peas that needed using up!

As well as making us more grateful for our food, isolation is also making us question our consumption levels. Normally the children have a chocolate egg hunt for Easter but this year I wasn’t able to get small chocolate eggs so we hid some sweets that we already had in the cupboard and they enjoyed it just as much. Old toys that had been relegated to the back of the cupboard are being rediscovered and enjoyed again (including some toys from my childhood like the dial a design and domino rally).

We’ve also made a more concerted effort in the garden. Last year we started trying to grow some of our own veg (we are total novices) and have spent lots of the sunny Easter weekend preparing tubs and containers and sowing seeds. What we’ve really noticed is how much more bird song we can hear now that the roads are quieter, so much so that several people have heard it whilst they’ve been on the phone to us.

Stay safe everyone.

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