Fruity water – flavoured drink and no buy soda

Beautiful Fruit-Infused Waters To Drink Instead Of Soda
Beautiful Fruit-Infused Waters To Drink Instead Of Soda

The summer arrived in Brussels so any cold drink is really welcomed.
This time I want to propose one homemade, effort 1 min, almost zero calories: fruity water.

I grab a hand of strawberries (this is what I have, but can be tried with different fruits), a lemon (slices), and some mint leaves (from my balcony): add with ice and water in my blender, and several seconds mix. The final product is fresh, cold, zero sugar added (only natural fructose from fruits) and ready to drink.
Enjoy.

Before to have a blender I was doing the same without blending, just wait several hours to mix the flavours thanks to the natural effect of osmoses. Just add some ice cubes before to drink. I tried various combinations with:
-mint leaves
-rose flowers
– elder flowers
-lavender
-orange with blueberries
-watermelon + mint
-lemon + cucumber + mint
-orange + cilantro
-rosemary + grapefruit

P.S. Brussels has a tap water good to consume. However, it is a lot of calcaire so I filter with a brita filter.  You see, another reason for me to not buy water in plastic bottles and definitely no soda for us.

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Ginger – a plant that can be grown in a pot indoor

Ginger is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems over a meter tall.We consume only the rhizome = the root and is famous as spice but as medicine effect. Because is originate from south Asia, under 10 degrees  Celsius (50 F) don’t keep it outside.

I start the ginger plant by planting a root bought from a shop. I choose a healthy ginger root  with eye,  that have started to turn green, probably organic,  because it developed alone by mistake.

Ginger plants love light shadow , in high-quality, well-draining soil so no clay one.

I add my root in a pot around 20 cm deep, planted 2-3 pieces of root around 5 cm each, in a  plastic pot but terra cotta is great too. Just attention to have enough of drainage holes.

The leaves are decorative, same to be quite similar to bamboo plants (as colour or shape of the leaves)

 

I started to harvest after more than a half years. How? just lift the ginger root from the soil, break a small piece, without impacting the branches or places with green eyes.  The other part I covered back with soil and continue as nothing happen.

Once we left for 2 weeks, in holiday, and forgot to water. The leaves where dead, a little upset for me, because there were 1m tall, but after several weeks of watering they recover.

Yep, fresh ginger with zero costs is easy to have.

DIY Bee wrap and stop using the aluminium/plastic to pack food

 

 

Bee wax wrap is a square of fabric treated with wax, used to cover the cheeze/bread/sandwich/dishes as any aluminum paper. Just is reusable and bio-degradable.
The prices are quite big, but we can do it at home in 5-10 minutes.
I done first following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eybWIBCY000
Add a fabric in the oven, add bee wax everywhere on the fabric, and keep 5 minutes in the oven at 90degrees.

To clean: wash with water, manually. Don’t add in the washing machine, will destroy all the clothes and the machine too.

Recommended to contact with bread/vegetables/cheese, but not with fresh meat/fish (risk of contamination).

 

Where to buy bulk, in Brussels

First idea to buy bulk is to go to local markets, but there are a lot of shops that accept to buy in your bags. I made a list with places where I buy in my bags or my friends.

 

LOCAL MARKETS, BRUSSELS
(some products are from Belgium farmers)

Saturday at Stockel or Place Saint Lambert (morning)
Wednesday afternoon at Gribaumont, Square de Meudon (morning)
Tuesday after noon in place Luxembrug (expensive)
Sunday at marché de la Gare du midi (morning) -great for cheap vegetables
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at metro Clemenceau (I think is the cheapest, but I found only 3 producers) (morning)
Sunday in Watermal Boisfort ( expensive but tasty)
Sunday morning in Place Jourdan
Wednesday – Place du Châtelain – never visited. On the list
Tuesday in the morning in place Dailly.

Online or real shops zero waste:

Cirkle : fresh food and condiment (https://www.cirkle.be/fr)
Lili Bulk : home delivery or in Point relay (www.lili-bulk.com/)
Groups to buy from local producers http://www.gasap.be/spip.php?page=carte
BioShop Bruxelles: Rue des Chartreux 66, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.bioshop.be/)
Chyl : Rue de Belle-Vue 62, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.chyl.be/fr/) – spend the eco checks there
Dame Nature City 2 : City 2 Etage-1, Rue Neuve 16, 1000 Bruxelles   – to try.
(http://www.damenature.be/fr)
Färm Sainte Catherine : Quai au Bois à Brûler, 43 ; 1000 Bruxelles – love it (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)
Marché Bio des Tanneurs, Huidevettersstraat 58, 1000 Bruxelles (http://terrabio.be/)  -too far away for me. Great offer.
Natural Corner : Rue de l’Escalier 1, 1000 Bruxelles (http://www.naturalcorner.be/)
Roots Store : Avenue Michel-Ange 45, 1000 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/rootsbruxelles/ : ouverture en mars 2017)
Super Green Me – The Ecoshop : Rue Van Artevelde 10, 1000 Bruxelles
La porte de la tortue, Rue Saint Ghislain 2, 1000 Bruxelles
Noix et moi: Rue de Rollebeek 9, 1000 Bruxelles – not tryed
Avenue Louis Bertrand 25, 1030 Bruxelles (http://www.lesideesalapelle.com/)
Le thym frais, Chaussée d’Helmet 184, 1030 Schaerbeek
Vegetaria, Chaussée d’Helmet 280, 1030 Schaerbeek
Be Positive: Place Jourdan 26, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.be-positive.be/) -lovely place, perfect for a lunch out, too
Färm Etterbeek: Rue de Linthout, 176 ; 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)  – . There are several shops
La Saga : Avenue de la Chevalerie 9, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.lasaga.be/)
Transistore : rue de Pervyse 68, 1040 Etterbeek (http://www.transistore.be/ – ouverture mi-février 2017)
Belgomarkt : Rue de Dublin 19, 1050 Ixelles (http://belgomarkt.be/) -close to my job and belgium products
Bio Shanti : Avenue Adolphe Buyl 70, 1050 Ixelles (http://bioshanti.be/)  – not anymore close to my job
Chât Soeurs Délices : Place du Châtelain 47, 1050 Bruxelles (http://chat-soeurs-delices.be/)
La Grainerie: Rue de Tenbosch 112, 1050 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/lagraineriebxl/)  – to check
Label Green: 71 Rue Alphonse Renard ; 1050 Ixelles (http://www.label-green.be/)
Le Magasain: Chaussée de Vleurgat 287, 1050 Ixelles (http://www.lemagasain.be/)
Stock: Place Fernand Cocq 23, 1050 Ixelles (http://www.facebook.com/Stock)
Tan shop : rue de l’Aqueduc 95, 1050 Ixelles 02/537.87.87 (http://www.tanclub.org/ )
Vegasme : Chaussée de Waterloo 367, 1050 Bruxelles (http://vegasme.be/)
1060 – Saint Gilles
Almata : Rue d’Albanie 80, 1060 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/almatafood/)
Manuka : Rue du fort 1, 1060 Bruxelles (http://www.biomanuka.be/)
La petite épicerie bio : Chaussée de Waterloo 42, 1060 Saint-Gilles (https://www.facebook.com/La-petite-Epicerie-227398700729441/)
Super Monkey : Rue de Tamines 18, 1060 Bruxelles (https://www.facebook.com/Super-Monkey-668111830014082/)
Alimentation Géniale : Avenue de la Porte de Hal 1, 1060 Saint-Gilles www.lheureuxnouveau.be Bio c’ bon : Chaussée de Charleroi, 18, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Day by Day : Avenue Paul Dejaer, 29, 1060 St Gilles ( http://daybyday-shop.com/magasin/bruxelles )
Épicerie de la Ferme Nos Pilifs : Trassersweg 347, 1120 Neder-over-Heembeek – directly to the farm
Sequoia : Rue de l”Eglise 101, 1150 Bruxelles (http://www.sequoiashop.com) -went several time, I spend my ecocheques there. There are several shops Sequia (Stockel, Watermal-Boisfort too)
Le relais du Triporteur : Rue Middelbourg 120 et 124, 1170 Boitsfort (http://le-relais-du-triporteur.be/)
Bio Vrac : Chaussée d’Alsemberg 381, 1180 Uccle (https://www.facebook.com/Biovrac-815854138534226)
Färm Bascule: Rue Vanderkindere, 546 ; 1180 Uccle (http://www.farmstore.be/fr/index.php)
Bio c’ bon : Chaussée d’Alsemberg 676-678, 1180 Uccle
L’épi : Rue du Doyenné 40, 1180 Uccle (coopérative)
For beef, organic, from a belgium producer: http://www.fermegrodent.eu/reserver-un-colis.html – they deliver periodically in brussels .

Avoid using paper towels

Paper towels may be convenient, but washable cloths are better for the environment and for my budget.

Paper towels are a household used a lot in the world because of the convenience. But is made from wood, packed in plastic – so I choose to switch (almost 100%) to  an reusable alternative: the washable cloths

For example in bathrooms we use the towel after washing the hands. When I am away I have a handkerchief or other small cloth in my purse to use this to dry your hands when I am out.

In the kitchen to clean / dry, I use dishcloths but an apron is helpful too, to dry the hands. The key is accessibility. A kitchen towel suspended in a visible place is a solution. For dry clean (oil or vomit) I use a dump cloth (old cloths destroyed, ready to trow)

At the table I use the napkins – colored and versatile, even my husband is used now with.

During traveling I carry a cloth napkin or a handkerchief for quick hand wipes or eating. If I need something wet: a water bottle can be used to wet the cloth.

This may seem like a significant shift from your current routine, but once you get started, you’ll see it’s easier than it sounds.

 

Saved money? Yes. I made my first kitchen towels more than a year ago. For 2 euro one: paper, I have around 10, washed weekly, and reused. I have around 10 napkins. So you see, the kitchen went zero paper towel for 40 euro, money spend in the past every 3 months. And I didn’t calculate the time spend for going to buy, and the trash costs (in Belgium this is not cheap…).