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The Green Team’s last days of eating local

Submitted by on May 4, 2015 – 2:30 pm

By Jizzy Green, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Kiwis eating food grown and produced within a 200 km radius for 30 days of April in the Happyzine Eat Local Challenge.

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Day 29

A significant day.  Our daughter’s 20th birthday celebration.  Also, the second-last day of our Challenge!

Breakfast:
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!
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Lunch:
Actually, I cannot remember, nor can Mike!  Probably, as per usual: an entirely uneventful meal; rice flour cheese fingers, avo and tomatoes.
Dinner: 
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!
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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!!
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Day 30
We reminded ourselves that today is the last day of our Eat Local Challenge!  Yay, hooray!
Breakfast: 
A simple variation on the humble smoothie, I added yogurt to the blueberry(frozen), feijoa, apple, guava, mandarin mix.  Nice.
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Snacks:  We had carrots, and rice flour cheese fingers with home-made beetroot relish and tomatoes.
Lunch:
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!!
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Dinner:  
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).
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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!!
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