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Kaibosh - Food rescue in Wellington

I’ve often sat back after a nice meal, totally satisfied that I am full to the brim and could not possibly fit in one more bite, and thought to myself – What happens to all of the food that gets made that isn’t purchased?

It was always depressing to consider a kitchen full of unwanted delights being thrown out unceremoniously into a landfill and the hungry mouths who would be grateful to claim any of it.

Well apparently i’m not the only one who feels this way. Thank goodness for Kaibosh.

Kaibosh are a Wellington based organisation dedicated to rescuing food that would otherwise spend the rest of it’s existence degrading in a rubbish pile.

We’re just not talking about mouldy old prunes here either. Kaibosh rescue surplus food from retailers which is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell and they resdistribute it to charities working with people who need it.

So far, in 2011 alone, these fine people have rescued 3.6 tonnes of food for redistribution. To put that into some sort of perspective, that’s the equivalent of 21,176 pies! Not bad at all.

According to the Ministry for the Environment in New Zealand, the average person throws out 70kg of edible food every year. A truly terrifying figure.

Not only is this completely shameful when you consider the population of the world who don’t have enough to eat, but also consider that food waste thrown into landfill also contributes to the increase in destructive greenhouse gases.

Now i know this is beginning to sound more and more like a preachy, ‘Save the World’ message here but really, what a waste! There are several things that people at home can do to reduce the amount of food waste are here are some helpful resources:

If you’re a business and you want your surplus food to go to a good home, get in touch with the awesome people at Kaibosh at foodrescue@kaibosh.org.nz. They can even come and collect it from you, because they’re just that good.

My challenge to you out there is a small one. Next time you open your fridge door, spend 30 seconds looking inside. Rather than wait until your creamy Greek yoghurt has a decidedly green tinge, think about how you can use it today. See? Easy.

So now I know that 5 cupcakes in one day is my limit. This is a good thing to know. How did I come to this conclusion you ask? Well let me explain…

I had intended to make a Cookies n Cream Cake because it combines two of my greatest loves in life – cookies and cake – when i stumbled upon a little gem of a recipe which made my heart flutter a wee bit:

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes! – More specifically, Oreo Cupcakes!

I have Annie’s Eats to thank for my dream cupcake. Not only was it one of the only recipes that didn’t include yogurt in the batter, but the recipe used about 3 times the cookies of other recipes.

Although the recipe called for about 40 cookies, I had eaten quite a few of them by the time I started baking so had about half that, which roughly works out to a pack and a half of Oreos.

I also didn’t use the frosting in the recipe… Because I had used up (see: eaten) all the Oreos. Instead I found this nifty little frosting recipe that goes perfect with these cupcakes. It also uses sour cream which i thought was a bit different and added a little bit of tartness to an otherwise extremely sweet cupcake (not that i’m complaining).

inside cookies n cream cupcake

Ultimately I was pretty happy with these cupcakes. My only minor complaint (and no doubt this is my baking prowess rather than the recipe) is that they seem a teeny bit dry. If anyone bakes these and finds the same thing, let me know. Otherwise I will assume it’s me.

Regardless, I still ate 5 of them… in one morning… one after the other.

I had to give at least 10 of them away because I feared the repercussions of eating 24 cupcakes all by myself.

So now i’ve found a recipe for Champagne Cupcakes which look absolutely amazing. I have to try it out… I can hear the recipe calling me… Watch this space.

I impressed myself the other day by making what can only be described as THE best muesli/granola Earth has ever seen.

This might seem a tad presumptuous and i’m sure there are plenty of delicious muesli and granola recipes but I am telling you, this was goooood.

Bakesaurus Uber Delicious Museli Recipe

  • handful of shredded coconut – about half to a cup
  • as many cashews as you like – I use about 3/4 cup
  • 4 cups of oats (I use organic but you don’t have to be fussy)
  • 1 cup of dates chopped into quarters
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup of tightly packed brown sugar – half a cup is ok too
  • 1/3 cup of apricots chopped into quarters
  • At least 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla essence

Heat your oven to 150 degrees celsius (300 degrees fahrenheit). Prepare a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Mix together the oats, coconut, almonds, sea salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, dates, apricots and cashews in a big bowl.

In a saucepan, combine the honey, oil and white sugar and heat until simmering. Be careful with this because the ingredients swell (kinda like when you make hokey pokey). Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. When it has cooled a little (just enough so you don’t burn yourself!) mix together all the ingredients with your hands to cover all the dry ingredients with the liquid.

Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet. Spread this as evenly as you can, unless you like your muesli a bit chunky which is also delicious in my opinion.

Bake until golden brown or about 25-30 minutes, stirring regularly (you’ll smell it and instantly KNOW it’s ready). A word of warning – if you’re using a gas oven this tends to be ready after about 20 minutes.

The muesli will be HOT, HOT, HOT when you take it out of the oven so don’t do what I did and pop some in your mouth straight away (it’s hard to resist…). Transfer the muesli to a rack and let it cool completely. Once the muesli is cool transfer it to a airtight jar and munch away!

This is delicious with greek yoghurt or as a crumble over stewed fruit. Or just do what I do and eat it by the handfuls!

Now i’m off to try and make the Best Cookies n Cream Cake Ever Made… Wish me luck!