Arabella Forge – Frugavore

Profile-Arabella-ForgeFrugavore is full of enthusiasm and it will fill you, like me, with the same. This book is about making the most of what you have. Whether it’s ensuring you get the best value out of the produce you buy, starting a worm farm to recycle your food scraps and improve the soil, or like me, preparing chicken feet stock for the first time.

Frugavore-Cover-200Arabella’s background as a nutritionist and dietician shines through in her practical advice. She wanted Frugavore to be a one­-stop shop for nutrition information, local food sources and tips and tricks on wasting less and saving money on the food that you eat. What’s not to love about that?

Let’s find out a bit more:

What was your catalyst for writing Frugavore? The well­-known dilemma of living in a busy household, trying to source and prepare locally­-sourced foods, but also keeping our food bill in check. I wanted to find the perfect balance of preparing good quality, locally-­sourced food, wasting less and not breaking the budget every month.

I also came to realise that Australians (me included) waste an inordinate amount of food. Writing Frugavore, I learnt more about using food frugally – making it stretch further, and recycling it properly back into the soil so that it becomes a value­-adding asset to our garden. Being a frugavore does save money on food bills, but it does so in a sustainable, health­-promoting manner.

What’s your passion? Living self­-sufficiently, giving the planet some breathing space and enjoying a good­-quality nutrient­-dense diet.

MHH-Arabella-Forge-gardenDo you currently grow your own food?: Yes! I have a sprawling, delightfully large vegetable patch with beehive and chooks. You would find medicinal herbs, sprouting broad beans, leafy green vegetables, edible front hedge, blueberries and bee-­attracting flowers all growing in my garden.

How would you describe your gardening style?: Productive. Useful. Run-down beauty.

What’s your favourite fruit or veg to grow and why?: Leafy green vegetables – the most cost­-effective vegetables to grow at home. They’re easy to grow, super-productive, and best eaten fresh. Also, if you shop for organic food, you might notice that leafy green vegetables are usually the most expensive to buy (per kilo). So if you have only a small amount of space, these are the best things to grow.

Your biggest garden failure: Corn cobs

Your biggest garden success: Passionfruit creepers in a warm sunny spot

Favourite gardening tool: Pitchfork

Your favourite type of tomato: Black Russian – delicious and stunningly beautiful too.

Garden gnomes: Yes or no? Nope.

Your favourite phrase or life motto: ‘I speak for the trees, as the trees have no tongues, and I’m telling you sir at the top of my lungs!’ – Dr Seuss.

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