We’re two months into our new composting regimen using Bokashi, a hundreds year old system that uses the power of fermentation to reduce ALL of your kitchen waste to rich, black soil ready for the garden, and I am impressed.
I haven’t held back in the first 60 days – our regional landfill no longer accepts kitchen waste of any kind, so I really don’t have a choice – I’ve thrown in bones, raw meat trimmings, fat used for frying, and most recently, the biggest test yet, a pound of prawn heads that missed their chance to become bisque when I accidentally buried them at the bottom of the freezer downstairs. They had been sitting there since last April, leaving them freezer-burned beyond use.
I opened the bucket about 24 hours after I had added the prawn heads and a healthy layer of Bokashi bran, and to my surprise, there was ABSOLUTELY NO SMELL. And by no smell, I mean our perpetually hungry little dog was standing right beside me when I opened it, and his nose didn’t even twitch.
We’re now about 4 weeks into using our new Bokashi composting system.
Bokashi is a Japanese method for breaking down ALL kitchen food waste, including meat, dairy and cooked food. This is different from the raw, plant-based composts that many of us use regularly.
Recently, the residents of the Southern Gulf Islands, including Pender, as well as everyone living in the Greater Victoria Area (aka the Capital Regional District), were given notice that as of January, 2015, The Hartland Landfill, depository for our region’s garbage will no longer accept kitchen waste of any kind.
While big city/island residents will have the option to have their kitchen waste picked up by a third party service provider, solutions aren’t quite so easy here on the smaller islands. The result has been a passionate, much-needed discussion about how and where we will handle our waste now, and in the future.
Pender Island’s newest eatery has been open at the Driftwood Village since early June, and has quickly become my favourite place for lunch and dinner.
Chef Gernot and his partner, front-of-house manager Amanda, have lived on the west coast for many years, and their offerings reflect their extensive knowledge of this corner of the world’s people and our palates.
Welcome back to The Cafe at Hope Bay! Situated in one of the most beautiful locations on Pender, historic Hope Bay, the restaurant is a success again after a few tough years. Amanda and Rob assumed ownership last year and have really turned things around.