Wednesday was an exciting day. A few months ago, I was asked to become a judge at the Wandsworth Young Chef of the Year competition. Students from schools in our borough take part in heats to get to the final, just like Master Chef. I judged a couple of the heats and was blown away by the standard of cooking from these teenagers, so to be invited to be part of the final was brilliant. The energy in the room was immense and the standard was high. Its quite exhausting, in total I had to taste 27 different dishes (three courses from nine contestants) …so that was lunch!
I took a long route home (mostly walking) through upper Tooting and OMG the houses! It still surprises me, having lived here for nearly eight years, how many roads I have not yet walked down, and now I have very unrealistic home ownership goals due to the deluge of property porn that I stumbled upon. I was on my way to The Dynamo to pick up my second Too Good To Go order of the week. I’d logged on early in the morning and purchased leftover cake and pastries to pick up after 5pm. Its not often that I have pastries for breakfast, but I figured I’d have a bit of a treat for the following morning because Thursday is cleaning day (see this blog post about that). I paid £3.49 for this…
They were kind enough to let me choose the cake I wanted (I went for the Gluten Free lemon cake), the pain au chocolat came as standard. I’ve always like Dynamo, it also does great pizza, but I have to admit to being a bit underwhelmed. It was on the way home that I remembered Too Good To Go from a few years back, when I had a food business based in Camden. Volunteers would come to us at the end of the day and take away our left-over food that would have gone to waste, and they’d redistribute it, I’m pretty sure the food was free, and individuals could post their own unwanted food items for collection by other people local to them. I can see that system may have had its flaws, but the ethical ethos was solid. Now, there is only food to be purchased, and that’s where I’m torn in my thinking on it now. On the one hand, it gives the businesses an option to sell food that they otherwise would not have, meaning that not only is there less waste of the food itself, but the business cannot also recoup some of the costs of the food production. On the other hand, it is now aimed at those who can afford it, and when you consider the discount that you receive (in this case, only 35%) on very expensive products (yes, I accept that this week I have picked two of the more expensive shops in the area where I live), then it does rule out using the app for those who may benefit from it most, those who are on a low food budget. I’m lucky to have had the stored food that I have this week, but if I had not then I would have spent nearly 30% of my food budget on just three items! I’m on the fence.
In the evening though, having had so many small bites at lunch time, what I really wanted was a proper meal. I still needed green veg, so I went home via a bigger independent food shop and green grocer called Daily Fresh. There was no broccoli (obviously!), but I did pick up a savoy cabbage. At home, I used up the roasted sweet potato and cooked sausages in a sweet potato batter toad in the hole. Slightly random, but very delicious.
So, how’s the budget looking now?
|Day||£ spent||£ of £25 remaining|
|Sunday||£3.99 Planet Organic on |
Too Good To Go
|Sunday||£1.99 Almond milk from my local shop||£19.02|
|Monday||£1 spend on choy sum from Tooting |
|Wednesday||£3.49 Dynamo on Too Good To Go||£14.53|
|Wednesday||£0.99 Savoy cabbage at Daily Fresh||£13.54|
I’ve got Thai kinda-curry left, a lasagne to make and ingredients for a pulled pork chilli. I might even manage a Sunday roast at this rate!