January 2017 archive

Accidental discovery: Belgian white gold


You can’t go out into the forest or the fields and find endives, because they aren’t around in nature but farmed in complete darkness! “Belgian Endives” in the US called “chicons”, in French and Europe, “witloof”, in Belgium (also called white gold), “chicory” in English, is a vegetable low in calories (17kcal per 100g), try to find less calories in other veg! The red-leaved, white veined, varieties are frequently called “radicchio”.


Buying local, worth every cent!


Living in a rural community we chose to enjoy the benefits of supporting local businesses, locally grown food. Not only does it stimulate the local farmer economy, but small-scale, organic farmers are fueling the sustainability of the land. It saves jobs and it is good for the environment (less pollution). It is “the” time, right now, to reduce our carbon footprint. And just financially speaking: what grows, is the most abundant and the least expensive.


Penny pinching, don’t pour money down the drain


Nothing as good as the new year to look back at the old one and check your expenses, I thought. I couldn’t have been more in shock. Just counting our steady monthly and yearly steady costs (and that is without any fancy spending) turned out to be a massive sum due each month. We all know life has become quite expensive, but lately money seemed to go even more down the drain. Time for some penny pinching and a new written budget, the right attitude is half the battle!