I couldn’t possibly say that this applies only to people with kids, because that’s just simply not true, but when you “all of a sudden” do have another little mouth to feed it gives you pause for thought. “What am I actually putting into my body? What are we actually putting into our child’s body?”. It gives you just one more reason to re-examine your dietary habits and while I’m certainly far from being the healthiest person in the world – heck, I sure do love my butter, olive oil, chocolate, and cake – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to do better.
My wife and I always tried to buy organic when we lived in France. There was once a time when organic produce was a real novelty and the price reflected that. These days, it still tends to be a little more expensive, but the difference is often negligible. Indeed, for some things, such as the milk I’d buy in France, the organic product was cheaper than the non-organic counterpart. I would always buy organic, free-range eggs without fail, simply because the chicken and egg industry is a vile process and there’s really nothing wrong with trying to make the lives for hens a bit better. I recently saw a picture of a box of American “Cage Eggs” recently, which proudly proclaimed that its hens lived in a “safe, stress-free environment” and I had to chuckle rather mournfully. I’m not sure when being squished into a cage with a bunch of other hens started being called “safe and stress-free”, but I suppose you’ve gotta hand it to the marketing department for putting a positive spin on something.
Anyway, I recently signed up to a company called Loppi which occasionally runs some promotions where they will send out a “Loppi Blogbag” to a selected few. This time around they teamed up with Coop, a supermarket chain, which has a range of organic (and where possible fair-trade) products called Änglamark. Anyway, I was picked to test it out – hooray! From reading their little leaflet in the delivery box, I learned that apparently they have the biggest range of organic products in all of Sweden!
Don’t forget as well, before you start thinking that I should really go to some markets and get my produce from there… “markets” aren’t really a thing here. If you want food, you go to the supermarket. It’s pretty much the only way of getting vegetables and fruit, sadly.
Anyway – in my Loppi blogbag I got the following:
- Organic fusilli pasta – would have been nice if it had been wholegrain, but still good
- Organic roasted onions – the kind that people often eat with hotdogs, but I find they work amazingly in a salad (though I have a habit of eating them by the handful whenever I have a pot)
- Organic ketchup – I know a lot of people think ketchup is a bit “basic”, but it’s great to have in the house. Even if you don’t eat it as a sauce, you can use it as a base for so many “home-made” sauces, or give a bit of sweetness to meat sauces with it.
- Organic, fair-trade cocoa powder – perfect for making something like biskvi!
- Organic walnuts – my all time favourite nut, great on their own, but of course you can make something like a nut roast
- Organic, fair-trade mint chocolate (pictured) – which was just awesome. It had these little crispy bits inside, so even though it was 70% cocoa, it was very enjoyable and not at all bitter.
And William certainly enjoyed some of it. Here he is giving his seal of approval to the mint chocolate! Incidentally, the top was from a very talented friend of ours – you can see more of her work on her blog, Chou d’Iris.
It’s nice to be a blogger sometimes – I started my blog as a personal project and didn’t expect recognition or opportunities like this. Indeed, I didn’t know anything at all about the blogging world when I started, so when things like this happen it’s a really nice little bonus. Naturally this experience has made me aware of these products’ existence as well. The nearest Coop is on the other side of town to the store I normally go to so previously it’s not necessarily somewhere I might have gone. Would I go there now though? For sure – the products were very good, and while I might not always be able to afford organic food on my current student budget, if the price is right then it’s definitely worth it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my little surprise this week – join me next time for something sweet and an awesome giveaway!