Tuesday December 10th

Oat porridge with ground linseed – 100g

3 x tea with milk – 150g

3 miles Santander cycle hire docked bicycle – ?

Lunch set menu at the Terrace Cafe, part of the Olafur Eliasson retrospective at Tate Modern. This set menu is carbon calculated and made from local seasonal produce

Bread, labneh, hummus, spiced carrot and ginger dip. Smoked leek and potato soup, celeriac salad, red cabbage and walnut salad. Pumpkin and carrot cake with sea buckthorn labneh

– 581g

1 glass of red wine – 150g

Note: Studio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen has collaborated with Tate Eats to create a special menu for Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar. The food is vegetarian, sustainably sourced and predominantly organic, making it a climate friendly menu. The dining experience mirrors the communal and collaborative environment of the studio; the space itself has been transformed by sculptures, lights and furniture by the artist. There is also a public programme on subjects such as sustainability and community, and practical workshops on fermentation, baking and preservation. This collaboration forms an integral part of the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: In real life. In 1995, Olafur Eliasson founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, which today comprises craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians. The SOE Kitchen was established in 2005 and prepares organic,
vegetarian meals that are shared by the full studio team four days a week, as well as visiting guests and collaborators, using seasonal produce from an organic farm just outside of Berlin. The kitchen provides sustenance, a healthy diet, downtime, and social glue, and engages in research and experimentation into topics like fermentation and sensory perception.

STUDIO OLAFUR ELIASSON LUNCH MENU
Vegetarian ingredients, per person, without drinks
39% CO2e better / 394 g less than average

AVERAGE HOME-COOKED MEAL
Ingredients including meat, per person, without drinks
100% CO2e / 1,011 g average

Carbon calculated using the Eaternity app 

Walk 2 miles – 0g

Purchased:

1 x recycled notebook – 400g

3 miles underground rail – 450g

15 minute mobile call, 15 x 57g = 855g

Note: the short mobile phone call takes me way over budget

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

 

Monday December 9th

1 local organic pear – 10g

1 local organic apple – 10g

1 tea with milk – 50g

1 spiced black tea – 21g

Local red pepper fried with bread, 1 egg and za’atar – 400g

2 miles overground rail – 300g

Walk on Hampstead Heath and sunbathing in the winter sun, investing in vitamin D – 0g

1 latte with oat milk – 50g

Borscht with 1 tbsp goats yogurt (21g) and fresh dill – 200g

2 small baked potatoes with slither of butter (117g) – 450g

1 chocolate snack – 100g

2 hours radio podcast – ?

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Sunday December 8th

3 x tea with milk – 150g

Organic oat porridge with linseed – 100g

Cycle of farmers market and back approx 1 mile – 3g

1 organic local apple – 10g

5 miles walking to and from first family Christmas meal, saving carbon so I can enjoy  – 0g

Roast chicken, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, brussel sprouts and chestnuts, swede and carrot puree, gravy –

Note: I will try and deconstruct this typical Christmas meal in terms of carbon footprint:

Roast chicken (poultry is 3.6kg carbon per kilo) – guesstimate 600g

Vegetables and gravy  – guesstimate 500g

2 small glasses of red wine – 300g

25g Stilton cheese – 300g

3 mini bakewell mince pies – 75g

Note: I am using Danish pastries carbon footprint of 1.1Kg carbon per kilo to estimate mini mince pies

1 mile underground rail – 150g

1 x organic pear – 10g

1 glass of water with lemon juice – 50g

2 hours TV – 176g

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Saturday December 7th

Oat porridge with ground linseed – 100g

2 x tea with milk – 100g

Washing up on gas boiler – 540g

Borscht (carrots, beetroot, shallots, celeriac, cornish kelp, cider vinegar, guerande salt) – 300g

2 pieces of seeded bread – 75g

White organic pasta with anchovy, seasonal organic broccoli, fresh chilli, foraged rosemary and sage, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, shallot and garlic) – 450g

Pancake with lemon and honey – 200g

2 hours BBC live TV – 176g

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Friday December 6th

1 x latte with oat milk – 50g

Load of laundry 30C  – 600g

2 pieces of bread with 70g smoked salmon – 420g

Delivery of 2nd hand table by diesel van 1 mile  – guesstimate 1.7Kg

1 x honey and lemon drink – 100g

1 buckwheat pancake with remaining 60g smoked salmon (300g) and remaining squeeze lemon juice – 450g

Visit from plumber – ?

Black Chai spiced tea – 21g

Washing up in warm water on gas boiler – 540g

1 kg rubbish -700g

White organic pasta with broccoli, chilli, garlic and 30g anchovies – 450g

Handful of roasted salted pistachio nuts – 32g

3 apples – 30g

3 small buckwheat blinis (experiment) – 150g

1 hour BBC iplayer – 88g

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Going way over budget here. Finding it increasingly difficult with short days to organise things more carefully without increasing carbon.

Thursday December 5th

Buckwheat pancake with 25g parmesan (300g) – 450g

2 x tea with milk – 100g

1 x organic local apple – 10g

Overground rail 2 miles – 300g

Swim at London Fields Lido – ?

3 minute shower – 90g

Roast potatoes with tomato and olive sauce, lettuce and 1 slice of bread – 450g

Cappuccino with oat milk – 50g

Purchased:

2nd hand Father Christmas outfit – 0g

2nd hand Christmas presents – 0g

2 pieces of bread (75g) with 70g smoked salmon (336g) – 420g

Note: Smoked salmon is 4.7Kg carbon per kilo

2 pieces of bread with slither of butter (117g) and yeast extract – 200g

90 minutes video on demand – 132g

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

 

Wednesday December 4th

3 x tea with milk – 150g

Chocolate oat porridge with leftover homemade chocolate sauce – 100g

Note: Don’t try this one at home kids! Not great. Reminiscent of chocolate tapioca pudding we had at school for lunch when I was a kid…oh such a long time ago

Overground 2 miles – 300g

Walk and long sunbathe on top of Parliament hill at Hampstead Heath. I feel a glow from the sun. Must be that vitamin D

Small pot of french fries – I am guessing 100g weight – 180g

Note: French fries or potato wedges is 1.8kg carbon per kilo

Half a pint of local on tap beer – 150g

Walk 2 miles – 0g

45 minutes gas heating – ?

1 local organic apple – 10g

Homemade risotto with shitake mushrooms, chicken broth and 125g parmesan (150g) – 1.2kg

Rice is 2.7-4kg. of carbon per kilo. Depending on how it is produced? Paddy fields produce methane.

Salad greens from farmers market with 1 tbsp olive oil (42g)and balsamic vinegar – 150g

Lemon and honey drink – 100g

1 hour live radio 4 – ?

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Note: I am finding it difficult to keep within my budget. Food cravings and need for heat are winning out over my desire to keep within budget.

Tuesday December 3rd

4 x tea with milk – 200g

2 x buckwheat pancake with home made chocolate sauce ( left over) – 450g

5 minute landline call – ?

Note: Still not established a source for the carbon footprint of different forms of calls? I would like to compare conference call (skype/ zoom/facetime) with mobile calls on the network 3G 4G? And of course landline calls.

2 x fried bread (75g) and 2 fried eggs (600g) – 700g

Note: My diet is changing significantly to cope with the cold weather and the shorter days. Lack of vitamin D from lack of sunlight is a big issue in the UK in winter. We are often deficient and it affects health and well being. So I am craving foods high in vitamin D

Chicken broth made from 500g organic chicken drumsticks with garden bay leaves, kelp seaweed organic celeriac, carrots and onions – 1.8Kg

Note: Chicken is 3.6Kg carbon per kilo. This broth will last a few meals but still high carbon. I am craving foods high in nutrients 

Baked butternut squash and red pepper – 300g

45 minutes gas boiler heating – waiting on calculations?

Note: I am finding it too cold now to do without any heating. So taking the edge of cold evenings.

Handful of roasted salted organic pistatios – 32g

90 minutes BBC video on demand – 132g

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Monday December 2nd

2 x tea with milk – 100g

1 buckwheat pancake with homemade chocolate sauce – 300g

Cranial sacral treatment – ?

2 mile walk – 0g

Butterbean mash with miso, celeriac and mushrooms and kale topped with peanuts – guesstimate 400g

1 piece of bread – 37.5g

Cappuccino with oat milk – 50g

Bus 2 miles – 300g

22 minutes gas boiler – ?

Note: Still have to do lowered gas boiler output calculations

local organic shitake mushroom with kelp, ginger and tamari broth – 100g

Wholewheat pasta with local organic broccoli, garlic, chilli and half a 100g jar of anchovy – ? –

Note: Anchovy is 2.2kg carbon per kilo. 50g is 110g of carbon. Pasta is 1 kg carbon per kilo. Wholewheat flour is less carbon than refined white flour.

1 organic clementine – 90g

2 local organic apples – 20g

1 hour bbc tv live broadcast – 88g?

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?

Sunday December 1st

3 x tea with milk – 150g

Organic oat porridge with linseed – 100g

45 minutes gas boiler with maximum output reduced – ?

Note: My plumber has reduced the max output of the gas combi boiler by 21.5% down to 5kWh (Potentially it could be reduced to 4kWh)  As an experiment I have counted the gas used on the meter for 45 minutes for both the original setting and the reduced output.

Original setting – 1.000

Reduced output – 0.551

still need to do the full calculations for this by converting to kWh

Cycle to farmers market approx 1 mile – 3g

Remaining homemade borscht  – 300g

2 pieces of bread with tahini – 100g

1 buckwheat pancake with homemade chocolate sauce – 250g

2 x buckwheat pancakes with bottarga, parmesan and greens – 450g

2 hours BBC Sounds podcast – ?

20 minutes gas boiler – ?

3 organic local apples – 30g

1 hour BBC tv live broadcast – ?

1 omega 3 fish oil capsule – ?

1 zinc + B vitamins capsule – ?

UK average water use – 38g

Time online – approx 5 hours –

Data and servers – 5 x 50 = 250g

Device – iphone – 5 x 12g = 60g

Tweets 50 – 50 x 0.02 =1g

Fridge – 64g

3 wordpress blogs – ?