Pardon the dramatics; Fridays bring out the best (or worst) in me. Heh! OK, back to saving the earth. See, I started decluttering, which started me recycling and repurposing, and thinking about how much of the earth's resources we use and consume day to day. Now, I fill up a medium-sized rubbish bag (26" by 33" or 68cm by 84cm) with recyclables - paper, tin cans, plastic containers - every week! And of course kick myself for not recycling earlier.
As with any change, it's about adjusting your mindset. For some it may involve a significant lifestyle change, for others, it could mean a few tweaks here and there. For my family, I just strive to reduce whenever possible. I'm far from being an eco-warrior just yet - I forget to bring my shopping bag sometimes on no plastic bag days, I have succumbed to cling-wrapping leftovers when I am in a rush to clean up, instead of storing them in containers, and unfortunately, I still have the tendency to shop like a mad woman, despite my overflowing wardrobe (and home). But now I make myself go through a checklist. I only buy clothes that will last me for seasons, nothing too trendy or easily dated. And this takes a HUGE amount of willpower, but I want to try to buy only replacement items, meaning the new thing has to replace SOMETHING in the house, which means SOMETHING in the house has to go before I buy anything new. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. This is very big talk on a Friday night. Let's see if it makes sense in the light of day. I shall keep you posted.
Oh, if you're wondering why the picture of the brownies are up, I'm coming to that. Meals take up energy, mine and the earth's. So I try to prepare foods that require little or no cooking. Salads to replace stir-frys, sandwiches to replace hot lunches AND no-bake brownies!
Seriously, these are the easiest, most delicious, environmentally aware brownies ever! All you need are: 15 ounces cooking chocolate, 1 cup evaporated milk, 2 cups wafer biscuits, pounded to crumbs ( I didn't have any and replaced them with the girls' Julie's strawberry swirls, as pictured above), 2 cups shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup icing sugar, pinch of salt.
Melt chocolate together with evaporated milk in a heatproof bowl placed in a pan with boiling water. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Set aside. Combine strawberry swirls, coconut, icing sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add chocolate mixture and mix thoroughly. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with cling wrap, leaving about 1 inch all around. Pour mixture into dish. Sprinkle extra shredded coconut over top. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until set. To remove brownie from dish, lift the cling wrap. Remove wrap and cut into squares.
If that is not the easiest brownie you've ever made, well, then, you share with me something even easier. Have a good weekend, all!