A significant day. Our daughter's 20th birthday celebration. Also, the second-last day of our Challenge!
Mike complained that carbs are not his thang for breakfast at the end of yesterday (I know, guys can change their minds...) so I made a smoothie - guava, apple, and feijoa. No rice porridge.
Fired up with all this liquid goodness, I plummeted into bottling our own olives that have been soaking in water for the last 30 days, almost as long as this Challenge. It is a long and arduous activity, not for the faint-hearted, but if you can Eat Local, olive-bottling is a piece of cake!
Talking of which, I also made rice flour cake (a recipe on Archana's Kitchen website). Yep, it's definitely possible! Getting adventurous in the twilight of our Eat Local 200km Challenge!
|Olives soaked in water and changed 2x daily. Labour of Love.|
|Tools and accoutrements of bottling olives.|
Actually, I cannot remember, nor can Mike! Probably, as per usual: an entirely uneventful meal; rice flour cheese fingers, avo and tomatoes.
We picked up a HelpXchange French girl from the bus just before dinner, so we all sat down to a nourishing bowl of last night's Brown Rice and Celery Soup. Then we had locally-grown potato wedges, Daikon Radish pickles, tomatoes and olives. A simple, hearty meal to warm us in the hurricane winds blowing outside!
|Brown Rice and Celery soup.|
|Winter night-time photographic skills on Mike's mobile |
not really appealing!
We had rice-flour apple cake and Tip Top Ice-cream for dessert. It was surprisingly yummy. I wasn't sure about the rice flour in a cake but I will definitely repeat this one, even when we return to normal _ i.e, eating further afield than the 200km Eat Local Challenge allows!!
|Cinnamon-Apple Rice flour cake!!|
We reminded ourselves that today is the last day of our Eat Local Challenge! Yay, hooray!
A simple variation on the humble smoothie, I added yogurt to the blueberry(frozen), feijoa, apple, guava, mandarin mix. Nice.
Snacks: We had carrots, and rice flour cheese fingers with home-made beetroot relish and tomatoes.
I made a stir-fry of capsicum, courgette, carrot, onion and my own stir-fry sauce and rice flour noodles! Yes, they do exist, after a month of missing out on our wheat semolina pasta, I discover that there is a rice-based noodle option!!!&^%$#@*!! Anyway, it was rather dishy!!
|We polished off the rice flour apple cake for afternoon tea.|
I used the stir-fry mix to blend with rice, parsley and chives, olive oil and lemon juice to stuff some locally-grown capsicum from Auckland. Baked to perfection, halloumi cheese accompaniment, daikon radish pickles, beetroot salad (both home-grown) and avo on the side. Quite filling and yummy indeed!
For dessert, we had Tip Top ice-cream topped with guava sauce (which turned out to be more of a jelly).
Afterwards, Mike cleared his throat and said he had to "come clean and confess". Well, I was waiting for an almighty ground-shaking confession when he reported he'd eaten a chocolate biscuit this afternoon! Wahaha, I laughed. He looked crest-fallen and said he felt he'd let Team Green down. Nah, it's not that serious Matey! You've done us proud! We have survived a month of Eating (mostly) local, within a 200km radius, even on holiday in Fiji, with so much holiday joie d' vivre tempting opportunities, and we have learned so much about a mono-grain diet! Some of which we will take beyond The Challenge. Onwards and Upwards, but I think tomorrow calls for Celebratory Pizza from our local farmer's market!!