I always love cooking without the use of meat. It not only teaches you to be resourceful and inventive in the kitchen but it is also scientifically proven to be good for you to ditch meat. Too much meat is not only bad for your body but the food production involving animals is getting increasingly intensive which is not good for the poor animal or the planet. Meat production accounts for up to 18% of the greenhouse gas production in the world – cow wind is pretty bad, poor farmers standing behind all those cow bums!! It is a Meat free Monday and sometimes Tuesday’s, Wednesday and Thursday in our home! is a great initiative set up by Sir Paul McCartney, Stella and Mary.
Check out Meat Free Mondays HERE.
Today I am cooking my all time favourite Red Lentil Dahl from Green Saffron, another farmers market success story, Cork native and one of my favourite Indian cooking essentials.
I am always telling people who are so afraid and confused about their own powerful impact on the earth that they CAN make a difference. It is as simple as cooking a meat free meal on Mondays for you and your family and telling everyone about it. We all can make and become the difference for our planet.
Lynn Haughton founder of The Upcycle Movement is so passionate about Upcycling and the Environment it was natural that we got on like a house on fire when we met last year. It is great to see Lynn getting so proactive about her passion with the upcoming launch of The Big Upcycle Market. Ireland needed an expo for all the creative and amazingly professional and functional items that are being made. Upcycling can be something that everyone can enjoy and you don’t have to be a certain type to appreciate the excellent craft that is Upcycling. I even have a love for Upcycling myself and have completed quite a few projects – check them out here.
I am sure this Market will be a massive success and it is a shame that I will be in Cork to welcome the arrival of my sister Sue’s second baby tomorrow 🙂 But I will be here for the next one and hope to have a stall there too!!
Best of Luck Lynn and of course Gwen xx
For anyone interested in The Big Launch Night that is Friday from 5pm – 7pm.
Location: The Stillorgan Park Hotel, N11 Dublin
Date: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of August
Time: 11am – 6pm on both days.
What an AMAZING thought provoking and sometimes chilling film. I received the DVD copies sent so kindly by the film company behind the movie. One as a gift for me and to make sure I was practicing what I preached when I suggested as part of The Less Is More Challenge to watch the film ‘Home’ and the film ‘Trashed’. I also received two other copies one which went straight to Ms O’Keeffe and the students of Coachford College, Coachford, Co Cork, Ireland for their amazing participation in The Less Is More Schools Challenge for 2013.
The third will be part of a competition I will be running for My Waste Free Home – I set this up the day after watching the film – powerful viewing!!
The film was so chilling because it encapsulated the fact that we have reached the point of no return. The problem now goes back to each and every one who has a trash can and a recycling bin in their homes – we need to reconnect with the fact the when we throw something “out” or “away”, these terms just basically mean we are dumping the trash in our lands or burning it and will in turn eat it in some form or another.
Jeremy Irons was so perfect for the role as he was on point, funny and could deal with the crap that gets churned out by official people and people of power and he was not intimidated by anyone. He just wanted to find the facts about TRASH. What it is? What it does to the human body? Why are we leaving this happen? And What can we do about it?
The Film in my opinion is something that as a part of the consuming population it should be MANDITORY that you watch this. People historically dont care once the mess is not on their door step!! Well we now know that the mess is not only on your door step it is everywhere and is getting worse.
Check out the Trashed website Here.
I have never been so pleased, proud and excited when I received an email from Ms.O’Keeffe to inform me that the students in Coachford College Co.Cork Ireland, where really interested in The Less Is More Schools Challenge and how could they get involved. It went from an initial email to the end result of:
- Poster Competitions to be placed around the school to highlight the simple ways people within the school could make a difference which the winner received a Bobble Bottle
- A Tree planting to celebrate Earth Day with a beautiful Amalanchier tree that was so kindly donated by Griffins Garden Centre
- A Power Point Presentation of Earth Day. Questions such as Q. What is Earth Day. Q.Why is it important to take care of the Earth Q.A Challenge to everyone to participate in The Less Is More Schools Challenge on Monday 22nd, Earth Day. Q. Do you know where your rubbish goes.
It really was an amazing achievement by all and Ms.O’Keeffe informes me that the students really enjoyed learning about the Earth but also passing the message onto others. Caring about the earth and the environment is an enjoyable experience as it gives us a feel good factor that we have taken steps to do something positive.
As a present to all the students of Coachford College Co Cork, Ireland – I have received a DVD copy of The Film Trashed starring Jeremy Irons. I hope that you can persuade Ms.O’Keeffe to let you watch it soon and if you also wanted to conduct a little competition you can all write about your thoughts once you viewed it. Send them onto me and I will judge the winner and your prize will be a guest blogger on my blog!
A big pat on the back again to you all for showing what simple steps can achieve and I hope your tree collection grows into your very own little forest!
Thank You from Claire Lewis & The Less Is More Schools Challenge see you all again next year but until then keep up the good work 🙂