With the quarantine still ongoing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are now trying to find new ways to level up their cooking at home. And with the world seemingly in constant destruction—a pandemic, a famine caused by the pandemic, and wildfires—many are also looking into a lifestyle change that is more sustainable and eco-friendly.
These changes could be seen in some of the trends that people have started exploring over the course of the quarantine period—like the plantita/plantito trend of planting their own fruits and vegetables at home, and the use of sustainable utensils, cups, or straws to lessen plastic wastes in the oceans. And now, “sustainable cooking” is also becoming a thing these days, with creative promotions such as a cooking show by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. (Read: Proposed House Bills Require Tree Planting for Every Childbirth, Graduation)
Just recently, the conservation organization has launched Kawali-kasan—a YouTube series that promotes sustainable home cooking. Each episode has a guest who not only teaches recipes and cooking techniques, but also represents a specific fundraiser where viewers can donate to and support its causes and advocacies.
Sound fun, right? Here’s a sneak peek as to what some of the current episodes discuss!
Episode 1: Plant-Based Ingredients
For its first episode, WWF Philippines collaborated with Chef Ina Bilbao of The Standard Hospitality Group. She demonstrated how people can cook using plant-based ingredients rather than what we would normally use, like meat and fish. Chef Ina also highlights how we can (and should!) minimize waste even when cooking! For this episode, they helped raise funds for people in Donsol, Sorsogon. You can find the video here.
Episode 2: Love Local
Chef Ina returns for the second episode, this time showing us how you can use our very own local produce for your everyday meals. She emphasizes how we should love local and support our local farmers by using their homegrown products and fresh produce at home. This time, the fundraiser is for WWF to educate 100 children on sustainable living. You may watch the video here and donate here.
Episode 3: Vegan Recipes
For this episode, WWF tapped Juana Yupangco of Mesa ni Misis. She also demonstrates how to cook a different plant-based recipe, as she and her family have been living a plant-based diet for three years now. In the video, Juana is joined by her children, Rosanna and Jaime, and they are raising funds for food frontliners. Watch their video here.
There are more videos you can watch from the Kawali-kasan series. All are informative and fun to watch, so head on to YouTube now! Check it out here.