I love food shopping, but we don’t often know how to stick to a budget when eating healthy. Here are my top 8 tips for getting it done.
One of the first things to fill a new kitchen?
This Lodge cast iron. I have to admit it is my third version of the same skillet. The first I left in New Zealand, it's in storage somewhere. The second was bought in Moab, UT with my better half on a climbing trip. That pan got packed into my bottomless duffle and flew to Argentina where it now lives. The third is going to live in Vancouver.
Why cast iron?
It lasts forever, is non-toxic, heats evenly and browns meat like no other.
I have yet to achieve the level of non-stick on any cast iron that allows eggs to be cooked without half remaining stuck to the pan. But I remain hopeful.
If you were to start a new kitchen from scratch, what is the first item you would buy?
My first title for this post was "things I love" but I remembered the @theminimalists maxim: love people and use things. I love my partner, my friends and family. Do I love this new thing? No. Does this new thing bring me joy? Yes.
Believe it or not, I thought about purchasing this drink bottle for a few months before pulling the trigger. It’s appeared in too many to count product placement type sponsored posts on social media. I didn't want to be sucked into making a purchase I didn’t really need. But months later I picked it up at an outdoor gear shop and haven't looked back since (slight exaggeration here).
Hydration is key.
I’ve become more aware that drinking more water makes me feel great, and having a large bottle is a great motivator to keep sipping all day. It’s also insulated to the contents stays at the same temperature it went it. Also having a plastic-free bottle is important to me. It’s a real commitment to eliminating all plastic from my home, at least having the drink bottle I use daily be stainless steel is a step in the right direction to avoiding hormone-disrupting plastics - even BPA free ones.
And finally, the colour (called raspberry) just makes me happy every time I look at it! So bright, so cheery, so optimistic. It brings me joy every time I use it!