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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.

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All coffee is created equal.

Actually, to be fair the original statement was “All men are created equal”.

There is a hot debate in some circles about whether it’s the coffee beans which are either good or bad or whether it’s the barista who decides whether your coffee is going to taste like boiled mud or a cup of heaven.

Not being a coffee bean analyst, i can’t say if either are true. But i know a good coffee when i taste one and Sir Breadwins in Wellington make a GOOD coffee.

To be honest with you, if it wasn’t for the smooth, delicious coffee their barely-out-of-high-school barista makes, Sir Breadwins would probably be the type of place i would avoid like a bad cold.

The small boutique coffee bar is located down the nearly forgotten end of Lambton Quay in Wellington where you don’t usually go unless you have a specific reason to be there. Oddly, they’re right next door to a fish market. Thankfully the waft of fresh coffee beans and baking overpowers any potential fishy odours.

A narrow little venue which has to be called a coffee bar rather than a cafe. It doesn’t have any tables where you can leisurely drink your smooth rich soy flat white at your own pace, but rather some factory ready bar leaners for you to prop yourself up at while you patiently await your turn.

Service can be a bit hit and miss. Given that Sir Breadwins is too cool for School (it’s packed out almost all hours it’s open), the staff serving see no point in disrupting their day with any semblance of friendliness. In fact, if anyone says a word to you, consider it a rarity as you would if you saw a snow leopard on a moped.

But the coffee…. Oooh the coffee.

I’m always reluctant to try new coffee places. I have my absolute favourites in Wellington such as Aporo Cafe and Mojo on Kumutoto so i see no need in upsetting the balance by trying somewhere new with the high chance the coffee is going to be below my ridiculous standards.

Thankfully, on the morning i was in dire need of a caffeine injection (Straight up. Hold the cup) Sir Breadwins did not disappoint. Despite the patchy welcome and the hoards of people, the end result was a strong, smooth, refreshing and invigorating cuppa joe made with Havana coffee beans.

To top it off, they have a generous selection of sweet and savoury baking (personal fave – bran and banana muffin. Weird aye). They also custom make their sandwiches to the eaters request, have a warm food cabinet which includes particularly tasty chicken pies, and they offer a selection of cold drinks, fruit and miscellaneous food items like lolly bags.

Not bad from a little place with no room to swing a hedgehog.

I would go back – and i have been. Not for the service. Not for the crowds. Not even for the tasty bran and banana muffins. But for the consistently fantastic cup of coffee that gives me an instant reminder that the day is going to be a good one.

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!