Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sink-y Stinky

The Swiss are BIG on waste management.

I have blogged here before about the elaborate systems the Swiss have for dealing with household waste and recycling.


The Swiss have thought of everything except what to do with the sink waste. You know, the scraps of cooked food that are left on plates or in pans after eating and cooking.

In the US, one would usually just run it down the garbage disposal, but here, no way. Swiss law prohibits such devices from being installed in sinks.

The reasons are three fold: one, the sink hole and adjoining pipe are simply too small.
1CHF for scale (about the size of a quarter)











Two, the underside of the sinks here physically have no room to accommodate an InSinkErator-type device.
No room.
The trash and recycling system only fits here.

And the third reason is they do not have the infrastructure for the treatment of such wastewater like in the US.

I do have to say that I love the Swiss bio waste system. Any raw bio waste we generate is immediately disposed of in our green bio container under the sink.
















When it is full, we bring it to the bio waste container that our building provides.

The truck should be coming soon..

Then once a week, a bio waste truck comes and picks it up for regional composting.

But then the question becomes, what to do with kitchen scraps that are not bio waste?

For example, this gunk was left in our sink after dinner/dishes one night this week:















Our solution is seasonal.

In winter, when the world outside our door is a freezer, we keep a bag with all the potential stinky waste that can not be recycled: meat containers, chicken bones, and of course, cooked food scraps.
Outside on our balcony.
Waiting to be put in the trash.

And in the summertime, we use precious freezer space to freeze our stinky kitchen scrap trash (a practice that was inspired by Joe's late Grandma, Martha :)
Martha would be so proud.






















Today's poem is a reflection of different parenting styles depending where you live:
U.S. Mamas always say
"no fingers down the drain"
for if you do
you risk potential pain

Swiss Mamas have 
no need for alarm
wee fingers will not fit
thus risk no such harm

©2019, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Burrito Crawl

I have lamented here before about how much we miss burritos.
US burritos.
US, cheap burritos.

On our recent trip to the US we decided to challenge ourselves to eat a burrito a day for the entire time we were there. We even rated them.

(All ratings are out of 10 possible 🌯 's. Many were shared with Joe or eaten over the course of two meals.)

Warm Up Day 1: Chicken Burrito from Chipolte
(doesn't count as a real burrito because it's from, uh, Chipolte).
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Rating:
🌯🌯

Day 2: California Burrito from Over the Border








Rating: 
🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯

Day 3: Smothered Chicken Burrito from Ztejas








Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯

Day 4: Beer Battered Fish Burrito from Illegal Pete's








Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯
(Some things shouldn't be put into a burrito.)

Day 5: Chicken Burrito from Taqueria Mi Casita







  
Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯 (a clear winner!)

Day 6: Chicken Fajita Burrito from Frank and Lupe's
We're beginning to reach...











Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯

Day 7: Breakfast Burrito from Taco Rocco's
...our satiation level.









Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯🌯

Day 8:No Burrito

Day 9: No Burrito

Day 10: No Burrito

Day 11: Carnitas Burrito from Taco Rocco
We threw in the proverbial aluminum foil.



















Rating:
🌯🌯🌯🌯


Days 12-14 No Burritos  - Burrito Crawl officially over. At that point we moved on to pursuing other culinary treats that we've missed since living in Switzerland. 

We had:
Cheerios





















In-N-Out Burger













Sour Cream and Onion Chips





















And HUGE turkey legs!





















We came back from America with our burrito (and junk food) cravings thoroughly satisfied. Glad to be able to only indulge when we visit.


Today's poem is a shout out to our faraway floured friend, the US, cheap burrito:
warm fillings
spicy taste
causes cravings
tortilla embrace

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