Dumpster Diving

A new thing I have been trying out here is dumpster diving. Before I tried it I had the same idea that I am sure many of you have – the image of opening up bin bags and rooting around between someone’s half eaten curry and Sunday lunch leftovers for that one still edible banana that got thrown away. Pretty grim right?

In reality its nothing like that. You only dumpster dive in places where you are going to get a decent haul – supermarket, shops and market bins – so there is rarely any going through normal rubbish. As it is I have only been dumpstering in Queen Vic Market, where stall holders sometimes even leave stuff out for us. It is genuinely awful how much edible food is left. Last week I managed to get four broccoli heads and there were so many more left its tragic. There are always tomatoes. I’ve got garlic, bread, lemons, salad, avocado…. Truly all sorts from the market.

However, I am not here to talk about the boring everyday dumpster diving finds but the fun ones. My friend was going past an independent bakery when she saw them throwing out a whole entire box (one of those really big cardboard boxes) full of laminated dough. This was the plastic bag full of pastry that I got from her:

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This was about a sixth of the original amount. I made over 50 pastries and I still have more in the freezer. It was fun to be able to make up some pastries without all the hard work (and money!) that goes into laminated dough. So, truly, you never know what amazing stuff you will find if you don’t keep an eye out.

Ta-Ra,

Hannah

Two Months in Melbourne

I can’t believe I’ve been here for 2 months already! And been at uni for nearly 6 weeks, when everyone at home still hasn’t started yet. Crazy times! I feel like every month though I’m going to feel like this. So, without further ado:

Highs:

  • I’m massively enjoying getting settled into my new flat. And cooking for myself again! Although I have become vegetarian so that is a new experience in and of itself. As many of you know I have many ideas about things but don’t end up doing them so I still have bits and pieces to finish/start in my room….Better get on that soon 🙂
  • I have had a very settled month – it really feels like things are becoming a bit more ‘normal’ but with the occasional wtf I’m in Australia. Its nice to have fairly regular plans.
  • The weather is starting to get warmer….I’m still wearing a coat but hopefully not for too much longer.

Lows:

  • Job hunting….enough said!
  • The one downside of feeling more settled is that its also very easy to ‘waste’ time so to seak so this month I need to challenge myself to make better use of the time I have off – which is quite a lot actually!

Most Liked Post: You all loved my Sour Dough Making Workshop post, despite the exceptionally crappy pictures!

Favourite Day Out: Well it was basically a gorgeous weekend when I went to both Toolangi and to an Oxjam gig.

Favourite Food: I haven’t been brunching so much this month (or maybe not taking as many pictures). I did have a fabulous nutella cheese cake the other week though – by the time the phone came up all that was left was a bite:

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Feeling: Settled

Thinking: About travel plans – I’m off to Canberra and Sydney at the end of the month!

Song of the moment: I had a great night in by myself watching Hairspray so…. ‘It’s Hairspray’ from the musical Hairspray!

Ta-Ra,

Hannah

Milk-less Pancakes

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This brunch came about solely because I was too lazy to cross the road to the supermarket for bread. I then decided I wanted to put off my essay and cook breakfast so pancakes was an obvious plan. Unfortunately I also didn’t have any milk so I google-fu’d my way to this recipe. I needed a smaller portion, plus I never add sugar to my pancake recipes (I find that toppings are enough) so I edited down to this bad boy below.

Milk-less Pancakes
1/2 cup self raising flour
1 egg
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tbsp oil

I whisked this all together with a fork and then cooked them up using a cooking spray. Add some Greek yogurt, honey and almonds and you have a protein rich breakfast without any of the savoury.

If you are bothered about these things – and I am – they came out at 28 cals per pancake, making 8 from the mixture. They definitely aren’t sweet and don’t have much of a flavour in and of themselves, but I’m more than happy to slap on the toppings.

Ta-Ra,
Hannah