Years ago, when I was still living at home, my mother and I set out on one of our retail adventures. We came home (to my dad's dismay) with a spanky new juicer! Juice everyday! We planned. However, once we had prepared and washed everything, juiced, then cleaned everything, the idea of doing THAT everyday lost its novelty. So the juicer sat in the cupboard unloved. Juicers have changed a bit since then and most are much easier to clean. I was probably a little more opposed to cleaning back then too.
Seeing as I am still on my Nothing New challenge and not buying anything new for.....16 more days! I decided to call my Mother and see if she still has that old Juicer somewhere. Now the thing is, my parents are now living in Melbourne. So when I skyped my Mother to ask if the juicer was stored under their house in Wellington, she apologetically informed me that she had taken the juicer with her to Melbourne. Damn! There goes that plan! Now what? How do I get a juicer if I can't buy anything new? Well. Trade me of course!
I hunkered down to business, adding my preferred juicer - the Breville juice fountain! - to my watchlist. I had a few on the go. All of which were past the buy now stage, so it was really just a matter of waiting it out. I asked multiple questions and compared model number with model number trying to be sure of my purchase. Disappointingly, the bids on my desired juicers kept creeping higher and higher. As each auction prepared to close I would sit perched at the computer trying to win the battle. But alas, no matter how high I bid there was always some douche bag there to out bid me! "Argh! Why do people keep trying to steal my stuff!" I wailed to my partner. "Don't worry Honey", he said reassuringly "you'll get one." But he was wrong. It turns out that everyone on trade me wants a juicer at the moment, and they were all willing to pay more for a second hand one than me. That's the trouble with not buying new, you get a bit stingy. It becomes hard to pay more than 20 bucks for anything. After my final auction closed I was desolate. "I just want a juicer," I mumbled solemnly to Andy. Well obviously he took pity on me, because the next day he came home from work with a NEW (gasp!) juicer! I was so happy but I also felt guilty. "Don't worry" he said, "technically YOU didn't buy anything new." I guess he had a point. And to be fair, it definitely wasn't the Breville juice fountain I was pining for! Nope, just it's cheaper, smaller counterpart. The Zip mini juicer. On spesh from Briscoes for $30.00.
I am still perfecting my recipe, but here is my yummy Green Juice brew.
Lisette's Luminous Liquid (alliteration anyone?)
1 Apple - I prefer braeburn or royal gala
5 big leaves of Silverbeet
A bunch of spinach leaves
Half a telegraph cucumber
A handful of parsley
Half a lemon
A knob of ginger.
Juice all together, stir and drink immediately. Yum!
All was going so well with my cheap and cheerful juicer. That was until it started making a very odd sound. I turned it off and had a look and found an odd white powder in the pulp basket. The white powder turned out to be plastic. My juicer was grinding itself down. Eeew! I felt a bit ill when I wondered whether we'd ingested plastic. But on the upside! I took my faulty little juicer back and was issued a refund - which I spent on a upgrade! To the Breville juice fountain! A.K.A my new boyfriend! The Breville Juice fountain is fantastic It gets a lot more juice out of things that my mini juicer did and as it has a bigger shoot for putting the ingredients in, which means less chopping. It also has a larger juice receiving cup so there is no risk of overflowing mid juicing. Yep, definitely worth the extra money.
I guess this means I failed again with my Nothing New challenge. But at least it was in the name of good health! ?