23 August 2015

Trialling recipe boxes: Riverford

Riverford

Riverford sends recipe boxes since 2010, but exists as an organic farm since 1987. It is situated in Devon and only operates in the UK. 3 meals for 2 people currently cost £40.
The big difference between Riverford and all the other recipe box services is that Riverford produces most of the vegetables, fruits and meat themselves!

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21 August 2015

Trialling recipe boxes: The Original Supper Box

The Original Supper Box

The Original Supper Box sends recipe boxes since 2013, is situated in West Sussex and is only available in the UK. 3 meals for 2 people currently cost £38.

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16 August 2015

Trialling recipe boxes: Introduction

Recipe boxes are boxes with fresh food ingredients measured to fit recipes sent with the box, delivered to your door, ready to be cooked by yourself.

When I first heard about this concept I immediately loved it and wanted to try it out. Since living in London I very rarely cook for myself, often eating ready-made meals (although usually from Marks & Spencer’s, so not as bad as many others) or take-away food.
The reasons for these types of services are clear to me: It is more convenient (no shopping, searching for rare ingredients, carrying it home, etc), healthier (fresh, often organic, nutritionally balanced recipes, etc), eco-friendlier (less waste due to exactly measured ingredients, less packaging, often organic, etc) and learning new recipes (diversification of your diet, trying new tastes, (re-)learn how to cook, etc).

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26 July 2015

4 Shades of (Silver-)Grey

I know, it’s what’s inside that counts. But for some reason I love aluminium cases. They look and feel so perfect, cool and beautiful. All of my 4 main devices have nice silvery aluminium bodies by now:

My laptop (Lenovo IdeaPad U430p), smartphone (HTC One M9), tablet (iPad Air 2) and portable backup drive (Integral Fusion USB 3.0 Flash Drive).

15 August 2014

The crudest advances ever

The following conversation just happened to me (pretty much word for word) while standing at Hackney Central waiting for the bus.

Random guy:
How old are you?
Me:
Why do you wanna know?
Random guy:
You’re beautiful.
Me:
Erm… thanks…
Random guy:
How old are you?
Me:
37
Random guy:
Do you have a boyfriend?
Me:
Can you please leave me alone?
Random guy:
You’ve got big tits!
Me:
(unbelieving pause)
I know!
Random guy:
Why do you have big tits?
Me:
I was born with them… Can you please leave me alone?
Random guy:
Do you have a big arse?
Me:
I don’t know… it depends on the definition.
Random guy:
(walks around me to have a look himself)
You do have a nice, big arse… You can do lots of things with that!
Me:
(thinking he can’t be so crass and genuinely thinking he would say something unexpected)
Like what?
Random guy:
Have sex!
Me:
Everyone can have that… Can you please leave me alone!
(I wanted to say “You seriously don’t need to have a big arse to have sex!?” but didn’t.)
Random guy:
Do you wanna have sex with me?
Me:
No, thanks!
Random guy:
We can make baby.
Me:
No, thanks!
Random guy:
We can make baby here and now!
Me:
I’m not interested. Can you please leave me alone?!?
Random guy:
(goes silent and catches his bus a minute later)

I didn’t feel harassed as a) it was so short, b) he wasn’t sleazy but casual, c) he kept his physical distance and d) it was more funny to me than anything. But next to me was a woman with two children, which makes this conversation a bit less fun. It also makes me wonder what the chances are that any woman might say Yes to such crude advances (in broad daylight, while not being drunk)? He must have had success with that at some point in the past otherwise he wouldn’t do it!?