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The Art of Frugal Hedonism

看完这本热门书挺感慨。当我们这里越来越多的人说“我家里没有热水瓶”,“速溶咖啡象泥巴水”,“没有车子生活半径就缩小了一大半”……而老外却开始学习节俭,譬如出门尽量靠11路尽量不买饮料,吃自己种的菜散步锻炼时也不忘拣邻居家成熟的果子留意扔在门口的旧物。

虽然不止一次看到面包店快打烊时店员把卖剩的统统倒进垃圾桶,但我还是鼓不起勇气敢像作者那样直接问店家要。虽然我每天连走带跑大概10公里,但仍不觉得半夜三更奔袭40公里看日出是一种愉悦身心的旅行。虽然这里的水电费比上海贵出许多,但我也不会因此不用洗衣机而是晒日光浴来清洁衣服。不过也有几个观点我很赞同。首先不要为了环保而购物。大到升级电动车小到买布衣收纳箱。其次修修补补又三年。电器好似黑箱让人望而却步,其实它们并不神秘,重启电源清洁内腔拧紧螺丝很多问题便自动消失。以下是维修流程图。

修理小家电的简易说明书

修理小家电的简易说明书

第三是购物前请三思而后行。也许小玩意小工具带来便利,可节省下来的时间又花到哪儿去了呢?如果只是上网看电视无所事事的话那还不如挽起袖子自己动手,DIY中的发现乐趣和技能会让你充实。这可能也是年味越过越淡的一个原因吧。再则购物引发的快乐其实很虚幻,因为聪明的广告商早就巧妙地把商品和哲人Epicurus(就是享乐主义者伊壁鸠鲁)所提出的快乐人生三元素friendship, freedom, and time for contemplation暗暗地联系在一起了。

接下来的一点是和朋友做交易。作者说的交易不是指合伙开生意或是卖产品给熟人,而是物物交换。比方说A常常问B借铲子,得知B需要一台电脑后A把自己快要淘汰的送给B;或者A出力帮B搬家,有绘画技能的B则送给A一幅自己的写生。自然不是每次交换都能成功,但在一来一往中双方不仅仅只是减少了对金钱的依赖而且还加深了友谊。对此我很有共鸣。国内朋友C常常帮助收发手机验证码,交往频率随之变高,关系也从互换问候到探讨三观,渐渐地C也不再是朋友而变成知己了。书中再次引用了Epicurus对友谊的一个解释。“Friendship as something which starts from a point of need, or from the hope of mutual benefit, but then grows into sheer pleasure at having the other person in one’s life. Friendship without some element of mutual need as being somewhat vacuous.”  读到粗体部分心里也有暖意,世间有你真好。

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别人不要的东西或许正是你所需要的(两个网站对比了下,freecycle的成员和物品要多的多)

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两张时令菜谱

Chilled Zucchini, Purslane and Basil Soup ( Purslane是一种澳洲野菜 )

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 small zucchini (about 1 1/4 Kgs), thingly sliced
  • 2 cups purslane
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Steps

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and salt and cook over moderate heat until soft and translucent.
  2. Stir in the thyme and bay leaf and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sliced zucchini and the purslane, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add 3 cups of the water and bring to a boil, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  5. Discard the bay leaf and stir in the basil.
  6. Add 2 cups of cold water, then allow the soup to cool a little further.
  7. Puree the soup until very smooth. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until thoroughly chilled.
  8. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Ladle into shallow bowls and decorate with a few purslane sprigs and zucchini shavings if you like.
  10. Add a drizzle of olive oil and some cracked pepper and serve.

 

Vegemite Gravy

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Onion, very finely chopped (optional, garlic or mushrooms)
  • Plain flour
  • Stock made from meat/vegetable scraps
  • Vegemite or soy sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rosemary or thyme
  • Salt & pepper

Steps

  1. Melt know of butter in a fry-pan over medium heat, and fry onions gently until really soft, then remove them from the pan.
  2. Melt a small knob of butter in pan, then remove from heat.
  3. Slowly mix a spoonful of flour into the butter to make a paste.
  4. Return pan to a low heat and quickly start stirring in some stock until have something with a consistency like cream.
  5. Add about a teaspoon of Vegemite, a dash of wine, the rosemary, garlic or mushrooms, and some salt and pepper.
  6. Cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, or until thick and tasty.