Monday, October 10, 2016

What to do when your man wants to use the car and you don't

Posted by Amanda Villaruel |
The first time I aired the idea for writing this post, my beau replied sarcastically:

"You mean that you want to write a post about me who wants to drive our car all the time, and you refusing it because of environmental reasons? What have you been watching now?"

He was spot on ;-) After watching a Norwegian television series about a green lifestyle project (Live redder verden. Litt) that talked about the car use among Norwegians, I felt guilty. On average half of the car trips in Norway are less than 5 km, so mostly to neighboring areas.
What to do when your man wants to use the car and you don't
What to do when your man wants to use the car and you don't
Friday, October 7, 2016

3 indoor compost bins for the modern apartment dweller

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
Are you considering composting, but live in an apartment? Maybe you don't want to handle earthworms or you're worried about the smell?

Whatever your reason, here are three ideas for indoor composting for the apartment dweller. With these bins, you don't need to own a house or a farm to make your own compost. The compost bins are brilliant for small space composting - even in a small apartment :-)
Three indoor compost bins for the modern apartment dweller
Three indoor compost bins for the modern apartment dweller
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Will there be a food waste law for Norway?

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
The French did it first, and in February they passed a law that bans food waste at supermarkets and ensures that leftover food goes to people in need.

An Italian law that was passed two months ago has a different approach to their food waste problem. Business owners will pay less waste tax the more they donate, and the law also allows Italian farmers to donate unsold produce without extra costs.1

Taking legal steps to reduce food waste has spread like wildfire, and the Norwegian NGO - Future in our hands (Framtiden i vĂ¥re hender) - demands a similar "food waste law" for Norway.
Will there be a "food waste law" for Norway?
Will there be a "food waste law" for Norway?
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Project Mushroom: How to dry wild mushrooms the cheap way

Posted by Amanda Villaruel |
Drying food is one of mankind's oldest ways of preserving food - including edible, wild mushrooms. The beauty of dried mushrooms is that they can last for many years - if stored properly.

In the last month we've found plenty of funnel chanterelles, but unfortunately I'm the only one in the household who enjoys eating mushrooms, so I had to find a way to store them. When you've spent hours in the woods looking for edible mushrooms, you really don't want to waste the fruits of hard labor ;-)

Here's how I've dried wild mushrooms without a dehydrator.
Project mushroom: How to dry wild mushrooms the cheap way
Project mushroom: How to dry wild mushrooms the cheap way
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New kids on the wild mushroom block - lessons learned

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | | |
I don't know what has gotten into me these days, but four weeks ago I decided to do something entirely new, something I've never thought that I would be doing.

- To forage for edible wild mushrooms.

We live close to the woods here in Oslo, and it would be a shame if we didn't discover the gems of our nearby forest :-)

So what have we learned about wild mushrooms and how do you find them?
New kids on the wild mushroom block - lessons learned
New kids on the wild mushroom block - lessons learned