Eat for the Earth prize winners 2012
We said there would be prizes for earth-friendly, creative and magic meals and you’ve certainly come to the right place if you want to know who the lucky winners are.
With so many heart-warming stories and photos, it’s been quite a task to choose the winners but without further ado, here they are. (If you spot your name here, send us an email on email@example.com and your prize will soon be winging its way to you.)
A Saeco Coffee Machine worth R6,095 for an awe-inspiring office: SAFCEI
“We held an amazing renewable-energy-powered lunch last Friday for our office building, using solar ovens, parabolic cooker, hotboxes, gel fuel stoves and an energy-efficient coal oven. Sustainable.org.za sponsored us with biodegradable/eco-friendly plates, cups and cutlery. It was a great success and a wonderful community-building and awareness-raising exercise!”
A Global knife block set worth R7,995 for a magical meal at home: Jo and Dave Sobey
Jo and Dave put together a ‘photo-journalistic documentary’ about their Eat for the Earth meal. Here are some of the highlights:
“We had our Eat for the Earth dinner early due to time limitations. However, we did go the whole hog. Actually, we really got into it. We may have gone a tad OTT. Or a lot OTT. But we love the Earth and think Soil for Life is awesome, so it was fun putting together our little ‘photojournalistic’ documentary.
We tend to be earth-friendly in everyday life as much as we can, but for this dinner we decided to make a special effort to watch our carbon footprint. We wanted our menu to focus on fresh seasonal produce kept as natural as possible, we tried to travel minimally when buying ingredients, and we invited nearby friends and asked them to contribute food from their gardens. We also chose our bountiful menu to reflect the local delicacies available and rocked a lip-smacking, meat-free Monday.
In the spirit of earth-friendliness, we decided to forgo our Discovery Vitality points at PnP and do our fresh produce shopping at our local farm stalls just across the road. We’re fortunate to live on the border between suburbia and farmland, so we have two fantastic farm stalls less than a kilometer from our front door.
We grow things on our minute balcony. For this meal, our mini-garden provided various types of lettuce, little radishes and a green pepper for salad, spring onions and herbs for the herb butter, rosemary and variegated thyme for the roast veggies, and mint and lemon balm for our rooibos punch.
At the end of the day, we had a grand time on our Eat for the Earth adventure. It was such fun to plan, cobble up and enjoy our dinner, especially for such a worthwhile cause. We learnt some lessons about our carbon footprint relating to our daily eating and we’re chuffed to have been able to support Soil for Life and share its mission with others. Thank you for the opportunity and we hope to see you same time next year!”
10 Global G2 Chef’s Knives worth R795 each for ten memorable meals
Stephanie van Vuuren
“We had an Eat for the Earth high tea, everyone got a small packet of cookies with a Eat for the Earth pamphlet attached. We also only used biodegradable eatware that we put it into a compost heap.”
“Vegetarian pizza’s, organic wine and a pizza oven that doesn’t use electricity! We had a great evening! Thank you for your great initiative, Soil for Life is a wonderful and hardworking organisation.”
“Our meal was fully vegetarian (well, I guess “lacto-ovo-vegetarian”, if you want to be technical), with only in-season and organic produce used (literally all the vegetables, eggs, butter, flour, fruit etc. was organic).We have learned such a lot from this experience. From discussing products with the producers at the market, to researching seasonality of products online, to finding producers of locally produced and organic products (whom we will certainly frequent in future), to just seeing first-hand how much better the food tasted when approached in this way. It is interesting to reflect that we have a bag of store-bought apples (packed in plastic) in the house that just doesn’t seem quite as appealing any more…We cooked with 98% organic products (and where they were not organic – in the case of the olive oil and sugar, it was because we purposefully avoided imported products), all locally sourced or picked from our garden,with no animals being harmed (not even slightly offended), using only seasonal products, avoiding packaging at all costs (fruit and veg were bulk-packed in boxes) and we did not for a moment stop talking about the food, where it came from and how DELICIOUS it was all evening!Thanks so much for allowing us to have such an eye-opening experience. We simply cannot wait to keep on cooking the way we did on Tuesday. By the time next year’s “Eat for the Earth” date comes along, we’ll be “naturals” at this…”
“I invited 5 long lost friends/colleagues who I haven’t seen in AGES, for a full on catch-up gossip session over YUMMY food…I made my own veggie chips and guacamole dip! But I was in such a rush after getting home late from work, I forgot to take pics! The girls arrived eagerly early and devoured them before I remembered my camera. I then made a veggie soup which I made from Spatula’s recipe, was DELICIOUS!! Served with health rye rolls and a self made garlic bread YUM
For desert I made Spatula’s apple and pear crumble with my mothers famous recipe for home made vanilla custard, also lacked the photographic evidence as I was so excited to serve it!
To top it all off I made Spatula’s chilli hot chocolate with cream on top! Went very well with the warm cozy fire and pouring rain outside.”
“This was my second year taking part. Last year we had roast chicken, butternut salad with roast almond and parmesan crunch and pecan nut pie. This year there were only three of us due to cancellations and we had warm butternut soup and a fruit pavlova. The meal was 100% vegetarian and the soup was vegan (unless you added cheese). The ingredients were all organic and local.”
Hester van der Merwe
“We had a great time eating for the earth – mid week and mid exams! The last mentioned resulted in a VERY relaxed no nonsense evening: no fancy table settings no fancy food. We had soup and sherry and everybody pitched in to help. This was also Chris’ first introduction to the family as the new boyfriend of Karin (see if you can id the happy couple in the pics J). As it was a charity dinner, we could only be nice to him, so thanks to you guys he will probably be back! One was the soups was made by Johan – his first contribution to our table as a married man – so it might not be that easy to pick the right couple as Johan and Marili only just returned from honeymoon!”
“We have committed ourselves to this very exciting project and have hosted a meal at our home on Tuesday, 5 June. The decision was to keep the meal as simple and “Earth friendly” as possible.
Our starter was aubergine stuffed with herbs(fresh from the garden – food miles = 20 metres!) and cottage cheese. Considering that we have just returned from France where we experienced a delicious French peasant’s meal, we decided on a Cassoulet for our main dish. It originated in the small town of Castelnaudary as a healthy, yet nourishing meal. Our assumption was that this meal, by definition, would be”earth friendly” – this works if you live in France. In standard Afrikaans: ’n Boer maak ‘n plan. So we had to adapt it to lessen the food miles significantly. Hence, Toulouse pork sausage made way for “porkies” from our butcher down the road. Duck, not your everyday meat in SA, made way for good old chicken thighs. Beans are beans, are beans – hence no problem to find good haricot beans. In fact the number of ‘likes’ and ‘share’ this recipe on my Facebook page, suggests that I might have discovered an Earth friendly alternative to ‘pap and wors’. We are looking forward to another Yuppiechef challenge for next year’s Eat for the Earth.”
“Our investment club met on Tuesday and had the most wonderful evening. We had Spicy Morrocan soup to start ,vegetable lasagne for mains and pears, mascarponi with maraschino cherries and chopped hazlenuts for pudding….divine.”
“I’m so glad to see Eat for the Earth went so well. I am sending through some photo’s of our Eat for the Earth lunch that we held here in Chertsey in the UK (I’m on leave). We had a great time and ate delicious food. Thanks so, so much to you guys at Yuppie Chef for all your help. You have done a really amazing job.”
“Our Eat for the Earth dinner consisted of organic butternut and carrot soup for starters, angelfish and organic coleslaw wraps, with a mint, garlic and coriander yogurt dressing for mains, and chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. We aimed to use all organic ingredients from the Biscuit Mill market. We had our dinner by candlelight……all in all a fantastic evening!”
A heart-felt thank you to all hosts and guests who took part (see our full Eat for the Earth wrap up). Rest assured that the funds raised for Soil for Life will help this incredible charity continue their stellar work of teaching people in underprivileged areas how to build soil and grow vegetables so families can sit down to fresh, nutritious and free food all year round.
Onwards, upwards and Eat for the Earth 2013-wards.