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Also we never eat out or have takeaways except occasionally when we have family staying so anything that enables me to make different things, quickly is a bonus.
I brought this over in my suitcase and the lid is cracked but it's brilliant and I wouldn't be without it. It can cook loaves overnight so they are ready and waiting for you in the morning for toast or to make a chunky doorstep sandwich at lunch -YES PLEASE!
Or you can put it on a dough cycle then use the dough to make Focaccia, Pizza Bases, Bread rolls etc. The world, quite frankly, is your oyster.
We take our rubbish to the local communal rubbish bin in the nearby village that gets frequently emptied. It's our responsibility to do this though. Nobody comes to your home and collects it for you.
I’ve been told that although there is no formal recycling, rubbish does get hand sorted and possibly the sent for recycling where appropriate but I've never been able to get this confirmed. I try to make it easier for the people that have this unpleasant job. In my kitchen, I have a separate “Can bin”.
All cans are washed and put in here, and then when it’s full, the contents are emptied into its own bin bag before placing in the local communal bin. My hope is that if the rubbish is sorted that I am making someone else’s life easier and that perhaps my cans are likely to get recycled. If not, then at least I have tried my very best.
Empty glass jars are passed onto one of our neighbours and she uses them to store spices etc, although in the future, if I finally get into preserving, I may have my own use for them.
We also squeeze our own fruit juice which is cheaper, healthy, readily available, no packaging BUT you end up with lots of orange peel. This is in addition to things like Egg shells, teabags/tealeaves (both Brits and Egyptians love their tea) and garden waste. So, my next project is…
We’re very much novices, me even more so. However, I'm learning all the time and I’m sure that we will have plenty of use here at The Orange Grove, for compost.