Comparing the Cost of Organic and Non-organic Food

Organic food meme A while ago this meme was circulating on facebook and it really annoyed me for several reasons. Firstly, as someone who is on a budget, I don’t like memes that try and make people feel guilty for not buying organic foods. Just because someone doesn’t buy organic food 100% of the time does not automatically mean they live on chocolate, soft drink and chips.

Secondly, as a scientist, comparing the cost of different foods makes no sense. If you’re going to look at the cost of chicken, compare pastured, organically-fed chicken with non-organic chicken or non-local chicken, rather than a bunch of junk food. [Read more...]

Real Food Round-Up – Perth Trip

Lamb chops with dukkah

Every week I share a round-up of my dinners from the previous week – both the good and the bad!

Last week was mix of fancy meals (see Monday) and thrown-together meals, as I tried to eat everything up before leaving on a ten day trip to go to two conferences. I flew to Perth on Friday morning and have been enjoying eating out over here before the conference starts on Monday.  [Read more...]

The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival (PLUS Win Tickets!)

real food festival

I’m really looking forward to the Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival, which is coming up in a few weeks. I’ve never been before, but I remember finding out about it a week after it happened last year. I was very annoyed that I’d missed it, so as soon as this year’s date was announced I put it straight into my calendar.

The festival is basically a showcase of the fresh, local and delicious foods that are produced on the Sunshine Coast (which, for those of you who aren’t local, is about an hour north of Brisbane).  This is the fourth year the Real Food Festival has run, and it gets bigger every year. This year there will be cooking demonstrations, information sessions, discussions, workshops and (my favourite!) tastings. [Read more...]

Saving Money Lately

homemade mung bean sprouts

Sometimes saving money is all about the little things. Here are some ways I’ve been saving money lately:

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Real Food Dinner Round-up – Free Chicken!

Grilled eggplant with avocado

Every week I share a round-up of my dinners from the previous week – both the good and the bad!

Something fantastic happened last week. My housemate and I went to the supermarket just before closing time and they had free range cooked chickens for half price. I thought about getting one, but then decided I didn’t need it. Then as we were paying for our groceries, one of the employees offered us each a free chicken. Needless to say, we said yes and I planned most of my meals around the free chicken for the rest of the week. [Read more...]