Waste Not, Want Not

Kevin is always asking me, “are you going to finish that?” when I look like I’m finished eating.  Normally, I’m done. When we were traveling, the food, even half orders, were often too much for me to eat.  And so he finishes what I don’t eat.  I know he likes to eat the food I can’t, but I also know it’s because he doesn’t like to see food go to waste.  The latter is probably more accurate.

Think back to those childhood days when your parents told you to eat everything on your plate because there were starving people in the world.  And as much as I hate to admit it, our parents were right.  In 2010, there were 925 million hungry people in the world with 17.2 million of them in the US.  That’s about 1 in 7 people, given the current population statistics.

So one afternoon, after making a batch of fresh almond milk, Kevin looked at the “pulp” (the leftover almonds), and asked me, “what are you going to do with that?”  Not really knowing, I did what I always do – I googled “almond milk pulp recipes”. Back in California, I always wanted to do something with the pulp but time was never on my side.  I felt like I was doing a good thing by making the almond milk fresh but taking it to the next level and doing something with the pulp was out of my “time budget”.

Of course, I ran into the same problem that I always run into here…I now have the extra time but most of the recipes I found either had kitchen equipment (like a dehydrator) or food (almond butter, agave) that I’d never find here in Tamarindo.  Not even at the Automercado.  So more googling was necessary in order to make substitutions.

Eventually, I found three recipes that while not perfect with ingredients and equipment, I thought I could tweak them easy enough to make a decent creation.

Another waste that I’m trying to reduce is the tamarindo pulp that I have after making juice…anyone have thoughts on how to reuse that?  Let me know!

Vegan Almond Coconut Macaroons

Vegan Almond Coconut Macaroons

And then there is the issue of food scraps.  Since I’m vegetarian, most of my food scraps could be turned into compost.  But living in a 2 story loft doesn’t afford me that option.  I already have a terrible problem with ants and my balcony is about 8″ wide.  Plus, I think there are raccoons that can access my balcony – I think that because one day I looked out to see that something had used my balcony as its bathroom – both types were left behind for me to clean up.  Did I forget to warn you not to be eating while reading this post?  Sorry about that.

compost

Anyways, I don’t know what to do with my food scraps.  I could leave them out for the raccoons but I’d rather not encourage them to come onto my balcony.

Pura vida…Chrissy