Day 13: Folk kitchen

On Monday, day 13 of the Dumpstring March, I woke up a bit late and didn’t have time for breakfast so I just grabbed a large piece of the home baked bread on the way.

For lunch, course mates of the 1st study year shared a fruit bread with butter, and Radu came over to share crepes and orange jam he bought at Lidl. As you can see, I haven’t been keeping up with my resolution of no added sugars. In fact, some days ago I had such hard times of not having anything sweet, even fruits, at home, that I felt completely out of energy, in a bad mood and having a headache. I will try to keep away from sweets but right now it seems that I have to set it as a high priority in order to stick to it, and the life’s too busy right now to do it. So I will try to keep away from sugars but it won’t be my highest priority.

As for the dinner, I used a great opportunity that I found out about last week at the fermenting workshop. Me and other Solidarity Fridge volunteers attended Folkkök or People’s kitchen. It’s a dinner event organized by a non-profit company Resursrestaurangen that happens once a week and is based on volunteering.All the ingredients, except oil and spices, are discarded food from supermarkets (before reaching the trash containers). They charge 30 SEK (approx. 3 EUR) for a three course meal and drink and 15 SEK for children up to 12 years. Turns out, we have the same problem – the only things we can’t get from supermarkets are oil and spices! Since this food is essentially the same as the one I’d get from dumpster diving, I happily paid the price and joined the feast.

On Monday it was very crowded, mostly filled with families with small kids. The atmosphere there was very warm and friendly – somewhat low-key but very welcoming and laid-back.

 

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On the menu this time there were borscht the beet soup, baked eggplants, carrot-orange salad, green salad, grilled paprika relish similar to Ajvar, bread and butter, fresh fruit salad with mint sauce and roasted seed topping.

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They sold some fermented veggies that were also served as a side dish:

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The Solidarity Fridge contributed to the food supplies by bringing a box full of bread they’ve got from Hemköp. We hanged out longer, had some intense discussions on the topic of food waste and later helped to clean up.

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The whole experience inspired us to sign up for volunteering in the kitchen to help out and see it all from inside.

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