It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great
Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge
Top Shelf – Spreads, garlic and parmesan (all with life left in them yet!)
Middle Shelf – The nectarines and grapes are still hanging around
Bottom Shelf – Half a carton of chopped tomatoes
Door – Milk
So, what’s the No Waste Tastes Great plan today then?
It’s pretty straightforward, based on the contents of the fridge.
The nectarines and grapes WILL be eaten up this weekend without fail. Even if I have to eat them all myself! The half carton of toms will make a nice pasta sauce this lunchtime. Aldi chopped tomatoes with herbs are fantastic. Seriously. I use them straight as an emergency pasta sauce, for topping my home-made pizza bases and a multitude of other quick fixes. They require no adaptation to make them the perfect ingredient.
There had been a head of broccoli and some chopped onion residing in the fridge when I opened the door this morning. Both went into the slow cooker first thing.
As I’m grocery shopping later, I’ll grab some cheddar cheese and add with some stock to make a tasty soup. This is a slight adaptation on the Broccoli and Stilton soup that will be featuring in my freebie recipe e-book later this month.
Unfortunately I do have some food waste confessions, once again.
Potential waste – can it be salvaged?
We use a fruit bowl at Chez Wright so the Hubby remembers to take fruit to work and the Kids can grab it as and when.
A quick look through, this morning, identified 2 soft apples and a rather conspicuous looking satsuma. I’m going to stew the apples to make a sauce and freeze. The satsuma will be peeled and eaten later. Wish me luck!
Once bitten twice shy? It would appear not in my case. Cucumber and salad always gets me. Every. Single. Time. They are both off the shopping list for a while as I can’t trust myself to use them up.
The worst experience, on the food waste front this week, however was yesterday.
I cracked a bad egg.
(Not a close-up – that’s as near as I wanted to get to it second time around!)
I’d never experienced this before. And, of course, I cracked it straight into my half-made cake mixture which I was under time pressure to get in the oven.
I was reminded of 3 vital life-lessons yesterday;
1. Don’t take shortcuts - They rarely pay off long-term. Over-confidence in the kitchen means I hardly ever crack eggs into a separate bowl, but straight into my recipe. I’ll be cracking into a separate bowl in future!
2. Don’t leave things until the last-minute - It’s a recipe (pardon the pun) for disaster. The celebration cake, I was making, needed to be completed by lunch-time. Confident in my ability I knew I could get it ready. Providing I didn’t have any hiccups. I had a hiccup! It put me under pressure.
3. There are times you need a contingency plan - I keep a minimal fridge and store-cupboard. But I try to keep extra staple items when it comes to baking. It saves you time (and reduces food waste, as it gives you options) long-term. Eggs, however, I sometimes run out of. I know I can always ask a neighbour. Fortunately I had 3 eggs left to make a new batch of batter.
It all turned out okay in the end, and as I type the cake is flying across the Irish sea to Belfast.
How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…
No Waste Tastes Great is bought to you (as always) with thanks to The Frugal Girl for the original inspiration.
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