Food Waste Friday / I Bet You Weren’t Expecting That!

It’ Friday Guys – My turn once more to host Food Waste Friday!

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Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.
I started participating in October 2010 and have found, that 2-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. In fact every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account (and devise a plan) for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.
Kristen has kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks (when she doesn’t post herself), and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

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I’m not going to give a run down of the fridge contents today. If you hadn’t noticed it’s packed to the rafters 😉

Yesterday was spent prepping for a dinner party I’m hosting this evening. My fridge is so small that it doesn’t take  much for it to look overloaded.

One notable item worth mentioning is the chocolate orange cheesecake that was baked yesterday and is chilling.

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I’ll post the recipe, here, over the weekend.

This evening’s menu consist of Broccoli and Stilton Soup, Chicken with prunes wrapped in bacon served with cranberry gravy and root vegetables. Finally, cheesecake to end.

I also spent yesterday baking Christmas cakes…

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It’s starting to smell a lot like Christmas at Chez Wright!

Unfortunately, as it’s Food Waste Friday, it’s time for my confession. There’s no photo this week as I have already disposed of the items to make space in the fridge.

My food waste confession – a small portion of parsnip and apple soup and half a baked potato.

Not too bad, but of course I could do better!

As always I’ll leave the last word to Kristen…
“How did you do this week? If you blogged about your food waste, link us up by entering your info into the widget below. You’ll save money, reduce your trash output, and get a little publicity for your blog! And if you don’t blog, you can still share about your food waste by leaving a comment.

**I’ve decided not to include the LINKY for the foreseeable. My blog doesn’t allow links on the actual post, and being redirected to another page isn’t ideal. Please drop your link in the comments section.**


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  • anexactinglife December 7, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Wow, I never imagined seeing your fridge full like this! Your Christmas cake is beautiful. And choc-orange cheesecake sounds yummy!

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:01 pm

      Thanks – here’s hoping the cheesecake tastes as good as it sounds!

  • anexactinglife December 7, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Wow, I never imagined seeing your fridge full like this! Your Christmas cake is beautiful. And choc-orange cheesecake sounds yummy!

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:01 pm

      Thanks – here’s hoping the cheesecake tastes as good as it sounds!

  • Jo H. December 7, 2012, 1:22 pm

    NOW your fridge looks like mine used to look ALL THE TIME! You are an inspiration in so many ways – in keeping my fridge tidy and useful, in the ways you create and present your meals and treats, and in how you make time to blog about it. If I was having a dinner party tonight, I would be in mad-rushing-around mode about now, not taking beautiful photos and writing a post 🙂 Have a wonderful evening!

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:01 pm

      Jo.H – I’ve learnt by my mistakes many times over. I do the majority of the prep the day before! Life has a habit of throwing up the unexpected!

  • Jo H. December 7, 2012, 1:22 pm

    NOW your fridge looks like mine used to look ALL THE TIME! You are an inspiration in so many ways – in keeping my fridge tidy and useful, in the ways you create and present your meals and treats, and in how you make time to blog about it. If I was having a dinner party tonight, I would be in mad-rushing-around mode about now, not taking beautiful photos and writing a post 🙂 Have a wonderful evening!

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:01 pm

      Jo.H – I’ve learnt by my mistakes many times over. I do the majority of the prep the day before! Life has a habit of throwing up the unexpected!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn December 7, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I almost dropped over when I saw the picture of your fridge. A little different that we usually see.
    Good luck with the dinner party. The menu sounds delicious.

    I did well with both cooking at home this week and waste. Here’s hoping for the same next week.

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:02 pm

      Well done on your home cooking – here’s to next week also!
      ps – hope you didn’t actually drop off the chair 😉

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn December 7, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I almost dropped over when I saw the picture of your fridge. A little different that we usually see.
    Good luck with the dinner party. The menu sounds delicious.

    I did well with both cooking at home this week and waste. Here’s hoping for the same next week.

    • simplybeingmum December 7, 2012, 2:02 pm

      Well done on your home cooking – here’s to next week also!
      ps – hope you didn’t actually drop off the chair 😉

  • Tina Ray December 7, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Ugh. I wasted part of a seedless cucumber. They go bad so quick. I hate wasting produce. I also had to throw out some homemade guacamole my friend made. There was just too much for myself (husband, son and granddaughter will not touch). 🙁 Will do better next week as I have my menu and grocery list on par.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:08 pm

      I have given up on cucumber totally! Always goes to waste here!

  • Tina Ray December 7, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Ugh. I wasted part of a seedless cucumber. They go bad so quick. I hate wasting produce. I also had to throw out some homemade guacamole my friend made. There was just too much for myself (husband, son and granddaughter will not touch). 🙁 Will do better next week as I have my menu and grocery list on par.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:08 pm

      I have given up on cucumber totally! Always goes to waste here!

  • Becky, aka SimplyBurbs Mama December 7, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I had a most unexpected Food Waste week … I didn’t waste a single thing. I really think this is a first for me!
    I blogged about it here, with an extra goody in the post 😉 http://simplyburbs.blogspot.com/2012/12/food-waste-friday-and-advent-blessing.html

  • Becky, aka SimplyBurbs Mama December 7, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I had a most unexpected Food Waste week … I didn’t waste a single thing. I really think this is a first for me!
    I blogged about it here, with an extra goody in the post 😉 http://simplyburbs.blogspot.com/2012/12/food-waste-friday-and-advent-blessing.html

  • Jane December 7, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Literally…I gasped aloud!
    Welcome to the dark side young skywalker.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:10 pm

      I envisage it being a temporary stay…back to the light side next week I hope! 😉

  • Jane December 7, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Literally…I gasped aloud!
    Welcome to the dark side young skywalker.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:10 pm

      I envisage it being a temporary stay…back to the light side next week I hope! 😉

  • afrugalspinster December 7, 2012, 6:28 pm

    After several weeks of letting the fridge go with out paying much attention to it, I discovered smelly leftovers, moldy yogurt, sour milk and a brown onion. I am so disappointed with myself

  • afrugalspinster December 7, 2012, 6:28 pm

    After several weeks of letting the fridge go with out paying much attention to it, I discovered smelly leftovers, moldy yogurt, sour milk and a brown onion. I am so disappointed with myself

  • chasingsimplicity December 7, 2012, 7:00 pm

    We have been pretty good about wasting nothing or very little, but I’m feeling a little frustrated about the grocery budget. I did make some yummy yogurt in the slow cooker though…that cheered me up 🙂
    http://www.chasingsimplicity.net/2012/12/07/food-waste-fri…yogurt-success/

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:11 pm

      Gosh – yogurt in the slow cooker…now that’s got to be worth giving a go!

  • chasingsimplicity December 7, 2012, 7:00 pm

    We have been pretty good about wasting nothing or very little, but I’m feeling a little frustrated about the grocery budget. I did make some yummy yogurt in the slow cooker though…that cheered me up 🙂
    http://www.chasingsimplicity.net/2012/12/07/food-waste-fri…yogurt-success/

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:11 pm

      Gosh – yogurt in the slow cooker…now that’s got to be worth giving a go!

  • SandyH December 7, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Wow! I am surprised!!

    Can’t wait for the cheesecake recipe.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:12 pm

      I am not a cheesecake fan, but even I have got to say, it was mighty fine! We are still working our way through it – it will feed 12 easily. Plan on posting tomorrow.

  • SandyH December 7, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Wow! I am surprised!!

    Can’t wait for the cheesecake recipe.

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:12 pm

      I am not a cheesecake fan, but even I have got to say, it was mighty fine! We are still working our way through it – it will feed 12 easily. Plan on posting tomorrow.

  • WilliamB December 7, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Two apples mysteriously got large bad spots. One of them looks as if it were dropped. Guess it’s time to make a little more applesauce. (My mother likes applesauce but not cinnamon so I endeavor to keep her supplied.)

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:14 pm

      I donated a large batch of applesauce yesterday for a fundraiser which was sans cinnamon. In fact it was sans anything apart from apple – worked out great!

  • WilliamB December 7, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Two apples mysteriously got large bad spots. One of them looks as if it were dropped. Guess it’s time to make a little more applesauce. (My mother likes applesauce but not cinnamon so I endeavor to keep her supplied.)

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:14 pm

      I donated a large batch of applesauce yesterday for a fundraiser which was sans cinnamon. In fact it was sans anything apart from apple – worked out great!

  • Clare December 8, 2012, 6:26 am

    No food waste here! Yay! (it’s all because I bought the smaller bag of spinach 🙂 )
    Hope you had a great dinner party 🙂

  • Clare December 8, 2012, 6:26 am

    No food waste here! Yay! (it’s all because I bought the smaller bag of spinach 🙂 )
    Hope you had a great dinner party 🙂

  • Economies of Kale December 8, 2012, 11:07 am

    I didn’t manage to record my food waste this week, but I know it was bad 🙁 I’m hoping for a better week next week.

    Hope your dinner party went well and you managed to empty that fridge 🙂

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:15 pm

      Better luck next week. The fridge is looking a little more familiar today 😉

  • Economies of Kale December 8, 2012, 11:07 am

    I didn’t manage to record my food waste this week, but I know it was bad 🙁 I’m hoping for a better week next week.

    Hope your dinner party went well and you managed to empty that fridge 🙂

    • simplybeingmum December 8, 2012, 5:15 pm

      Better luck next week. The fridge is looking a little more familiar today 😉

  • myliladventures December 9, 2012, 12:50 am

    I’d like to echo the ‘whoa full fridge’ sentiment LOL We’re so not used to seeing your fridge like that 🙂 Your cake looks divine – how’d it turn out?

    No waste here as we’re still sick and/or stuck in vacation mode ie not used to grocery shopping to the max each visit.

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/food-waste-friday-12712/

  • myliladventures December 9, 2012, 12:50 am

    I’d like to echo the ‘whoa full fridge’ sentiment LOL We’re so not used to seeing your fridge like that 🙂 Your cake looks divine – how’d it turn out?

    No waste here as we’re still sick and/or stuck in vacation mode ie not used to grocery shopping to the max each visit.

    Linking up:
    http://myliladventures.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/food-waste-friday-12712/

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