Super Bees food wrap – the Beeginner’s set

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Start your plastic-free life with this starter kit. Learn how to use each SuperBee’s Wax Wrap for many items in your kitchen and home. Includes 3 different sized beeswax wraps in pretty patterns.

Handmade from:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Beeswax
  • Tree Resin
  • Organic Coconut Oil

Quantity & Size:

  • 1 x 20 cm x 20 cm (7.9 in x 7.9 in)
  • 1 x 26 cm x 26 cm (10.2 in x 10.2 in)
  • 1 x 33 cm x 33 cm (13 in x 13 in)

To order, please visit their website: and please do mention us!

Domestic food waste

It seems that almost all the focus is on plastic because the numbers are glaring: it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, millions of tons end up in the oceans, all the plastic that has ever been made is still here on earth.

But domestic food waste is another issue that should be on our radar….wait a minute, don’t fruit peelings and vegetable stubs decompose? They’re organic matter, right?

Yes, they do decompose in landfills, but not in a good way as they release methane, which is a greenhouse warming gas (whether you subscribe to the theory of greenhouse warming or not, the fact is that rotting food is clogging up the landfills).

Today, my domestic waste weighs a whopping 5.8 kilograms, and that’s average for this family of three (because we eat lots of fresh stuff, I make every dish up from scratch and I rarely ever buy ready-made-meals). That’s heck a lot of rubbish for the already over-flowing dump!

But I don’t have a garden at the moment, and just throwing food scraps (even if it is just green) will attract rodents.  So making a food composter might be my next project….it looks simple enough (from this excellent youtube video).

Please follow us here (by clicking on the “Follow” icon on the page) or in Facebook. We will keep you up to date in the coming months on the home-made composter as well as other interesting things! Thank you!

Note: Here’s an idea for reducing food scraps – I use them to make delicious and nutritious broth. Please click on this link to read more. We will be adding Leftover Recipes here soon!

 

Quick Burger PHUKET

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One of my favourite lunch and after-school early dinner places is Quick Burger in Kathu, which is conveniently located 12 minutes from the school. The proprietors, Tai Fuun and Gilles are charming hosts and they do not mind you sitting in their sweet little space watching life go by (free wifi, too).

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And here’s the thing: the prices here are jaw-droppingly cheap!

The bacon salad (seen in the main photo) is THB110, and is served in a wooden salad bowl like the ones you would use to make up salad for the whole family. The homemade burgers (with crispy skinny chips) start at THB79, and Gilles would throw in a surprise drink with your burger.

And being a burger aficionado myself, I know a good burger when I taste one. They are all homemade too – one afternoon, I chanced upon poor Tai Fuun chopping 20kgs of onions for the burgers. I just love the personal, homely feel of this place.

The spaghetti is pretty good as well!

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But what are this restaurant’s green credentials, I hear you ask.

Off chance, I complimented Gilles on not giving out plastic straws automatically with the drinks and he burst into an impassioned speech about how much he dislikes mindless waste. “But some customers complain because I don’t give them straws!” He says. Because they don’t want to get their lipstick on the glass, or ice cubes in their mouths!

The menu is written on a piece of wood:

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I asked for permission to have a quick nose around the tiny kitchen. Apart from being spankingly clean and orderly (Gilles is Belgian), I was pleasantly surprised to note that they use environmentally-friendly packaging for their take-away orders.  These paper are made from banana leaves and brown paper. And instead of dreadful polystyrene lunch boxes that are endemic in Phuket, Quick Burger uses the environmentally-friendly cardboard version, though they add a THB5 to the price to cover the costs.

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Photo: waxy paper from banana leaves (note the wooden plates and brown paper bags).

Your food will be delivered by one of the guys. They have a small motorbike and they cater for parties too. Please contact Tai Fuun on 0994073746 or Gilles on 0943178111 for deliveries. You can find them easily on the main road to Kathu. This is their listing where you can get the address from. This is Quick Burger’s Facebook page.

Customer Review

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A small, pleasant place to eat in the centre of Kathu. Good food, freshly prepared by friendly owners who make you feel welcome. Not only burgers on offer but other dishes as well. Their chicken burger is delicious and the best value in the whole area.

~ Alan Thatcher, Phuket resident

Kinsook Happy Eating PHUKET

 

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The first place the Simple Green Planet duo visited was Kinsook Happy Eating at the foot of Rong Hill.

Tucked away in a row of shop houses, this sweet little cafe is owned and run by a young Taiwanese lady by the name of Kinsook.  The food is slightly different from the standard Thai fare and the dish of the day is charmingly written on the blackboard.

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The cafe also carries a small range of environmentally friendly products.

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This is Kinsook’s Facebook page.