Over the past week I have been partaking in an online challenge called The Pantry Challenge and boy, it’s been a real eye opener! Originally devised by the beautiful Noémi Bélair on Instagram the aim is to appreciate and feel grateful for all you have and for all the abundance in your life. A simple way to do this is through food and by acknowledging what you put on your plate and in your belly each day. How many people have a fully stocked fridge, freezer or pantry but still venture off to the shops each day to buy more and more and more? That’s right, everybody! The challenge tries to instil a sense of minimalism, creativity and gratitude and by using the food you already have to make lovely, tasty, inventive meals it should also save you a tonne of cash! Whoop whoop! (There are a few exceptions to that rule, fresh fruit and veg and soya/nut milk.) Here’s an exert from Nems Insta page on what inspired her to do this…..
So, in an attempt to understand my privilege, to feel happy for all I have and to (lets be honest here) save money, I embarked upon this challenge…. And I have loved it! Not only am I freeing up space in my kitchen, making fun, different dishes, I’m building great friendships through social media. The support and the encouragement that my fellow pantry challenge partakers are offering is amazing and so warm! It’s been lovely to feel like part of an online community and if anyone reading this wants to join us, you too will be welcomed with open arms!
Here are a few snaps of what I have indulged in over the past week. Oh, and I’m all outta coffee, so I’ve been jacked up on tea all week….. yay…..
Saturday – we ate out. To celebrate my mums birthday properly, my family and I went to a gorgeous Turkish restaurant for lunch where I indulged in a stuffed eggplant and chips, it was delicious! And I didn’t need dinner! Check out Insta for the pic, and I’ll be blogging about it soon too!
It’s truly amazing how many meals I have been able to create using only the ingredients I currently have! It’s like a real life episode of Ready Steady Cook! I’m so happy that I stumbled across this challenge and Nems Instagram page, it’s been a great week! For more please check out Without-Cruelty on Instagram and here are a few more wonderful people who are currently embracing the challenge……
Please check them out if you have 5 minutes to spare and get involved