Do I need to get the same produce as you to participate in The Modern Mess?

Not at all. I just share my produce so you get an idea of what I do with it. I buy my produce from Aimee as The Vege Plot and then head to my local Farmers market or vegetable shop for a top up if needed. The produce is usually cheaper and fresher than the supermarket, plus you are supporting a small local business.

We have members who live in different parts of New Zealand and a few in Australia and they make it work with what is seasonally available to them. We offer substitutions in some recipes and you can always comment and ask too. There is also over 12 months worth of recipes on the site now so if a particular season begins a little earlier where you are then there are still plenty of recipes to choose from.


Are your recipes suitable for vegetarians?

Definitely. There are quite a few meat free members and a lot who like to eat meat less than three times a week. Here at The Modern Mess I like support higher welfare animal products and for us to afford this we just eat less. We also LOVE vegetables. 


What about dietary requirements? Gluten free, dairy free?

There are a few members who need to eat low or no gluten and some who eat low or no dairy. The recipes are very easily adapted for gluten free and lots are naturally gluten free. There are a load of great gluten free alternatives on the market now too. I do tend to use dairy in small amounts. Butter, milk and yoghurt are easily substituted, cheese might not be so easy but again there are lots of alternatives on the market now.
Email us via the contact page or hello@themodernmess.com if you have any more questions regarding this.


Are your meals low carb?

Some are, some aren’t. I feed a hungry husband and kids so if you want less carbs you can increase the protein, good fats and vegetables and lower the carbs. I love all sorts of food and don’t like to cut things out so l just eat them in moderation. Also, if you think one of my recipes won’t fill up the hungry eaters in your house you can always up the carbs. Easy.