It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
It’s looking a little messy, right?
Top Shelf – Spreads, garlic, cheese including parmesan (but we’ll come back to that)
Top Middle Shelf – Yoghurt, grapes and onions (lots of onions)
Bottom Middle Shelf – Melted and now hardened dark chocolate , a smidge of buttercream and half a packet of salad
Bottom Shelf – 2 Free range chicken breasts and some leftover pancake batter
Door – Milk and eggs
It’s all a bit random today, isn’t it?
Random or not, there’s a plan. There’s always a plan.
Let’s deal with dinner first. I’m going to do a breaded chicken and pasta salad with lemon mayonnaise (I have a lemon in my fruit bowl).
What else can be salvaged?
The onions I am going to chop and freeze. This means I’m going to be shedding a tear or two, I would imagine. There are a lot of onions to chop.
The yoghurts are all in date, as are the eggs and milk, and will be used up over the coming week. You may spy a fancy-dancy chocolate cream yoghurt in there. These don’t get purchased very often due to price and fat-content. However, the Hubby loves ‘em. Did I mention I had a girls night out yesterday? I know, get me! The Kids were safely deposited at my Big Sis’, the Hubby was working late, so I purchased his favourite yoghurt for him to enjoy after his dinner. He didn’t eat it. Men!
The chocolate and buttercream are taking part in my next culinary experiment. Whilst camping I devised a new cupcake. I’ll be testing it out over the weekend, and if it’s successful, I’ll post over at Jo-Jo Bakes. If you like a cupcake, or 2, I highly recommend trying out the sticky-bottomed raspberry cupcake recipe. I donated some to neighbours and feedback was they were mighty fine. They were scrumptious, even if I do say so myself!
Saving the worst till last, let’s move onto the waste. Because I do, indeed, have some.
The pancake batter will have to be disposed off. Once whipped up it’ll last 24 hours refrigerated, but after that it starts to go a grey colour. It’s been in the fridge over 48 hours.
The grapes aren’t looking great. We took them camping. It was so hot in the tent and I hadn’t adequate cooling for the food. Lesson number 11 from our first family camping trip.
I’m going to salvage what I can and recycle the rest with the garden waste.
Finally the parmesan. I said I’d come back to it. I’m not a cheese expert (despite recently seeing how cheddar is made). When I buy a block of hard Italian cheese it lasts a couple of weeks in the fridge. But it doesn’t come in a packet with a use-by date on it. The parmesan in my fridge, currently, is ready-grated and does have a use-by date. 3-days from opening.
This is where I sometimes struggle to make a decision. Is the use-by date on this packet purely marketing? A way of getting the consumer to use it up quickly and replenish. Or is there something sinister about parmesan I should be aware?
If you’re thinking this is a little over-cautious, maybe I should explain?
When my Daughter was a toddler she accidentally ingested some household cleaner, oh yes I’m a bad mother! In my defense it was literally a couple of drops. I caught her sucking the nozzle of a spray cleaner (which I no longer use). That night she started vomiting. Off to A+E (ER) we went.
I learnt 2 things that evening;
1. That she would have had to drink considerably more of the cleaner to induce vomiting (based on the type I had – I took the bottle with us).
2. That giving your toddler parmesan at lunch can possibly be responsible for projectile vomiting later in the day (or so I was told by the doctor who suggested that was much more likely the cause).
So the question is, to use or not to use? I’m leaning toward the Hubby and I having it at dinner later, and not the kids. Good idea? Bad idea?
How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…
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