as a vegetarian who only in the past few years retreated to eating fish (and, yes, i consider it a form of giving up on my principles...), you’d think my daily intake of fresh fruit and veg was in order. well, couldn’t be more wrong.
you see, i’m a pasta and cheese kinda gal. i find peeling fruit a nuisance above any other and the only time you’ll see me eating fruit is as a fruit salad that someone else prepared. since i’m allergic to pineapple and apple, there aren’t many prepared fruit salads available (and why is that, huh?). so ignoring sporadic fruit juice intake, you can tick out the fruit from my diet.
with veggies i am almost as bad. i eat salads, but find preparing them too slow. my weeks alone when my sweetie’s off on work related things, i eat pasta, bread and cheese. days and days of bloatathon....
needless to say, my habits suck. the poor nutrition i get is instantly visible and the minimal excercise doesn’t exactly help. add two pots of coffee a day and you've got a disaster. my skin lacks clarity and, well, cellulite ohoy... it’s clear i know what’s wrong in my ways, but old habits die hard. i am one of those people who need an attractive and easy solution to self-induced and supported problems. hell, who doesn’t?
my university had a group for people interested in buying organic veg, but i found the offerings lacking in quality. additionally, i did not mesh too well with the hippie mindset where the produce wasn’t the primary issue but meat-eater bashing seemed to outweigh the fun with veg. then again i only tried it once and my judgment is probably somewhat distorted. hippies just create a rash on me... yeah, i know i’m a snob.
therefore, i was keen to try sis.deli+cafe’s organic weekly veggie bag. i am a fan of the place and thought their idea was great. by placing an order by sunday, you can fetch a bag filled with your weekly dose of fresh organic fruit and veg the next tuesday. the contents should be 3,5kg (500g daily) and for 25€ it did not seem too steep a price – it is organic after all.
part of the seduction of the bag for me, at least, is being introduced to seasonal produce. i am not all that familiar with what veggies are in season and i am hoping the contents would help educate my urban mind used to overflowing grocery store counters. another perk is obligation: after i have the bag, i am also bound to prepare the contents and eat them, because tossing perfectly good food away just strikes me as impossible. sound good?
our first bag came filled with oranges (fruit=hassle=yuck), large carrots (crunchy and sumptuous), a large leek, tomatoes and some green leaves (pretty and yummy)... did i forget something... hmm. in any case, it did not seem worthwhile to be honest. but i won’t give up that easy since there isn't a hippie in sight!
as i’m writing this i am munching away the last carrots from our batch. i will place another order soon and will keep you posted. anyone else tried the bag? whaddayathink?