There’s an app I love called OLIO.
As you may have gathered from my batch cooking, food budget economising, being flexible with the confines of a use by date, using up leftovers and potato peel soup, I don’t like food waste.
OLIO is the perfect antidote to that.
Are you going away for a few days and have a bag of salad that will go off? Do you have an abundance of courgettes from your allotment? Or did you stumble across a packet of quinoa in your cupboard and think ‘How the f*** did that get there?!”
OLIO to the rescue!
You upload a picture and description of your food stuff that you are going to give away, and OLIO users in your local area will see the listing and request the item off you.
You no longer have to throw away food, someone will take it off your hands for you.
Anyway, yesterday I received an email from the OLIO founder. I knew it was the OLIO founder, because when you hear that someone has the name ‘Saasha Celestial-One’ you remember it. She emailed to say that BBC Wales had contacted OLIO looking for Cardiff users to feature on a magazine style TV show about food waste.
Despite the fact I have a film degree, I no longer have any interest in being on or working in TV (I’m all about trying to save people money). Living in the capital of Wales means you are never far from a TV camera, and I usually go very out of my way to avoid being captured by one of them.
BUT, I am passionate about OLIO, I am passionate about reducing food waste, and the OLIO ‘zero waste weekly’ email is one of the few I bother to read, so anything to help spread that message I’m on board with.
So for someone who is too afraid to use twitter in case everyone collectively gangs up on me for having bad skin and for being overweight and mental, it wasn’t that I was doing it for my 15 minutes of fame (besides I was only filmed for about 20 seconds in total and you probably saw more of my front door then me). I did have a moment of panic about it. And naturally despite the fact all you see of my house is the front door I still got up at 5.30am to deep clean the house, including under the draining board, which I was relatively certain wouldn’t be filmed. And I put on foundation for the third time this year AND concealer AND you can still see my spots (honestly, I’ve seen custard with better skin then me).
As my street is quite ‘lively’ the film crew had to re-shoot my scene because someone walked down the street yelling ‘Merry Christmas’ apropros of nothing.
BUT, it was fun, it was nice, it helps to spread a good message and maybe it will go a little bit towards making me less terrified of sticking my neck above the water.