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It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

Top Shelf – Spreads, Cheese and Garlic

Top Middle Shelf – Grapes, Cucumber, Broccoli and Blue Stilton

Bottom Middle Shelf – Onion and Mushrooms

Bottom Shelf – Beetroot

Door – 4 Eggs, Milk and OJ

The No Waste Tastes Great plan this Friday

Lunch today will be cheese, crackers, cucumber, grapes and I am finally going to try to finish off the beetroot. Any remaining cucumber will be eaten tonight and over the weekend. The Kid’s will also have some with the pizza I plan to make them for dinner.

3 eggs will be used to make (yet another) Birthday cake for this weekend. The same cake as I made earlier this week. The remaining egg the Kids will fight over to crack, and then make a few fairy cakes for us all to enjoy after dinner.

The Hubby and I will not be partaking in a takeaway tonight (I can’t remember the last Friday we did?). Instead I am going to make a potato and mushroom Balti with flat bread. I have some potatoes leftover. Unfortunately they do look a little like this:

Truthfully, I don’t mind. A few roots peel off, it makes little difference to the potato under the skin.

One of these weary looking pots will also be making its way into ‘Brenda my vegetarian slow-cooker’ to make a broccoli and blue cheese soup along with half of the large onion. The other half of the onion will be used in the Balti.

The broccoli and Stilton soup will be featured in the mini e-book I’m putting together at the moment, don’t forget if you’d like a free copy just drop me a comment or an e-mail. It’s probable it’ll be the end of March before it’s complete and ready to e-mail out.

Whilst cleaning the fridge today, I remembered a reader had requested the dimensions of my fridge. The Hubby had measured it at the time, then I lost the piece of paper he wrote it on. Too proud (or rather embarrassed) to ask what they were again, it went on the back-burner. Today I remembered to grab a tape measure, so I’ll be hot footing it over to my Facebook page as soon as this post goes up to share the news. Sorry Aggie!

Measurements aren’t the only thing I came away with, unfortunately.

As I said earlier, I’m not squeamish. In many cases I’m happy to use certain foodstuffs after their best before date. But the jerk sauce I’ve had way too long, it’s time to say good-bye. And mayonnaise I never take chances with. I always buy the smallest jar I can find, but this time it just hasn’t got used. That’s my food waste confessional dealt with. Oh dear better luck next week.

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Is it confessional time for you or is it looking saintly? 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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I’ll post the Balti recipe later today!

Couldn’t upload this image to Facebook (presume file size too large) so have popped it here. What do you reckon? Fairy or Butterfly cake?

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  • Lauren February 17, 2012, 11:28 am

    I am laughing at all the spread tub labels being turned around and wondered if it was coincidence or if someone is trying to hide buttercream again. 😉

    Our fridge isn’t too bad, but I think a few things might be wasted. Although I must say all of it has been flatmate’s impulse buys through the week after I’ve already meal planned. Got to keep him out of the supermarket, I think! I think everything else in there has a plan, thankfully.

    First is a pack of rocket, which I tried a piece of last night and it’s already bitter. I stopped buying rocket last year because of this – even a fresh pack was too bitter to eat. Second is a pack of cocktail sausages for snacks, which turns out he doesn’t like. Third is a pot of Elmlea bought for a recipe and he only used a spoonful. I might be able to serve this with a pudding though. Lastly, those yoghurts mentioned last week didn’t get eaten again this week. Well and truly past their date now so I might have to give up on them.

    Nice potato shot! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:09 pm

      Foiled again! Check out Facebook. In my defense I wasn’t really hiding it, rather there’s only a little left and it’s to be used up on the cake I’m making later! But I just couldn’t bring myself to list it with the spread’s, as it’s getting a bit monotonous (like the beetroot). However should have guessed your eagle eye would spot it lurking! 🙂
      Rocket – agree – it only works for me in very small portions so a bag is way too big for my needs. I never buy it but enjoy it if I eat out.
      Your flatmate is making an appearance here quite a lot! You could insist each Friday they sit down and consume whatever waste may be there – that’s sound terribly harsh doesn’t it? Almost Victorian! (probably inspired by watching the old version of Jane Eyre this week – oh and I visited a reconstructed Victorian town this week!). Not as harsh might I add as a comment left by a Johnnysofa in reply to this Daily Telegraph article Now that’s harsh!
      Glad you’re feeling better Lauren!

  • Lauren February 17, 2012, 11:28 am

    I am laughing at all the spread tub labels being turned around and wondered if it was coincidence or if someone is trying to hide buttercream again. 😉

    Our fridge isn’t too bad, but I think a few things might be wasted. Although I must say all of it has been flatmate’s impulse buys through the week after I’ve already meal planned. Got to keep him out of the supermarket, I think! I think everything else in there has a plan, thankfully.

    First is a pack of rocket, which I tried a piece of last night and it’s already bitter. I stopped buying rocket last year because of this – even a fresh pack was too bitter to eat. Second is a pack of cocktail sausages for snacks, which turns out he doesn’t like. Third is a pot of Elmlea bought for a recipe and he only used a spoonful. I might be able to serve this with a pudding though. Lastly, those yoghurts mentioned last week didn’t get eaten again this week. Well and truly past their date now so I might have to give up on them.

    Nice potato shot! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:09 pm

      Foiled again! Check out Facebook. In my defense I wasn’t really hiding it, rather there’s only a little left and it’s to be used up on the cake I’m making later! But I just couldn’t bring myself to list it with the spread’s, as it’s getting a bit monotonous (like the beetroot). However should have guessed your eagle eye would spot it lurking! 🙂
      Rocket – agree – it only works for me in very small portions so a bag is way too big for my needs. I never buy it but enjoy it if I eat out.
      Your flatmate is making an appearance here quite a lot! You could insist each Friday they sit down and consume whatever waste may be there – that’s sound terribly harsh doesn’t it? Almost Victorian! (probably inspired by watching the old version of Jane Eyre this week – oh and I visited a reconstructed Victorian town this week!). Not as harsh might I add as a comment left by a Johnnysofa in reply to this Daily Telegraph article Now that’s harsh!
      Glad you’re feeling better Lauren!

  • Aggie February 17, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Thanks, Jo! No worries…I’m still in the “convince the husband we can go much smaller than he thinks we can go” stage. I’ve checked the dimensions that you posted on fb, and wow…Will that be an eye opener for him! Thanks again for going through all the trouble 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:27 pm

      No worries Aggie, sorry it took soooo long! What I would say is I’m in the UK. My estimate is 80% of the year simply putting canned drinks etc in the garage is enough to keep them cool (and I believe you are from slightly warmer parts ;-)). So at Christmas for example wine can go outside whilst waiting to serve. Also produce, I can leave fruit in a bowl on the counter pretty much all year round and it doesn’t spoil. That may be harder for you Guys.
      Good luck with your search for the ideal fridge!

  • Aggie February 17, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Thanks, Jo! No worries…I’m still in the “convince the husband we can go much smaller than he thinks we can go” stage. I’ve checked the dimensions that you posted on fb, and wow…Will that be an eye opener for him! Thanks again for going through all the trouble 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:27 pm

      No worries Aggie, sorry it took soooo long! What I would say is I’m in the UK. My estimate is 80% of the year simply putting canned drinks etc in the garage is enough to keep them cool (and I believe you are from slightly warmer parts ;-)). So at Christmas for example wine can go outside whilst waiting to serve. Also produce, I can leave fruit in a bowl on the counter pretty much all year round and it doesn’t spoil. That may be harder for you Guys.
      Good luck with your search for the ideal fridge!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn February 17, 2012, 12:17 pm

    What are fairy cakes?

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:24 pm

      Okay a quick Google would suggest that they are called cupcakes over in the US. But as we also use the term cupcake in the UK I presumed there had to be more than that behind the origin of the name. Racking my brains ‘fairy cakes’ are what we made as Kids…then looking on the oracle that is the web, I discovered a mention that fairy cakes are ‘lighter’. Actually they are a little lighter, they aren’t a madeira based cake, rather victoria sponge style. Also typically when we were little we’d slice the raised top off put some buttercream on (oh yes I know about buttercream ;-)) and then cut the piece remaining in two to make butterfly wings (or maybe fairy wings)? However these are also called butterfly cakes in the UK. Reckon it’s just one of those terms, and had I been in international brain mode (which I do try to do when talking food) I’d have gone with cupcake. However! Now I’ve opened the flood cake we are going to make traditional fairy cakes as I have buttercream to make today. Will post a piccie later today on facebook if you go over there… Thanks for that – got the ole brain cells working…

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn February 17, 2012, 12:17 pm

    What are fairy cakes?

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 12:24 pm

      Okay a quick Google would suggest that they are called cupcakes over in the US. But as we also use the term cupcake in the UK I presumed there had to be more than that behind the origin of the name. Racking my brains ‘fairy cakes’ are what we made as Kids…then looking on the oracle that is the web, I discovered a mention that fairy cakes are ‘lighter’. Actually they are a little lighter, they aren’t a madeira based cake, rather victoria sponge style. Also typically when we were little we’d slice the raised top off put some buttercream on (oh yes I know about buttercream ;-)) and then cut the piece remaining in two to make butterfly wings (or maybe fairy wings)? However these are also called butterfly cakes in the UK. Reckon it’s just one of those terms, and had I been in international brain mode (which I do try to do when talking food) I’d have gone with cupcake. However! Now I’ve opened the flood cake we are going to make traditional fairy cakes as I have buttercream to make today. Will post a piccie later today on facebook if you go over there… Thanks for that – got the ole brain cells working…

  • Jenny @ Ex-Consumer February 17, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I love your potato photo Jo! What a great black background.

    I’ve really been enjoying your Facebook updates and photos. I used to dabble in photography too and you’re making me want to break out my camera.

    P.S. I hope your recipe eBook is coming along. I’m in need of some slow cooker inspiration! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Hey Jenny! The black backdrop is my granite counter tops. They do work quite well, however my kitchen is rather dark this time of the year so that’s not great. Crack open that case girl! Let’s get shooting 🙂
      The book should be ready end of March I anticipate…

  • Jenny @ Ex-Consumer February 17, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I love your potato photo Jo! What a great black background.

    I’ve really been enjoying your Facebook updates and photos. I used to dabble in photography too and you’re making me want to break out my camera.

    P.S. I hope your recipe eBook is coming along. I’m in need of some slow cooker inspiration! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Hey Jenny! The black backdrop is my granite counter tops. They do work quite well, however my kitchen is rather dark this time of the year so that’s not great. Crack open that case girl! Let’s get shooting 🙂
      The book should be ready end of March I anticipate…

  • afrugalspinster February 17, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I linked to your post from frugal girl’s.
    I’m blogging about eating my way out of house & home. I’m single but have a huge stash of foodstuff in my house. I followed Kristen’s lead and began a blog as a way to hold myself accountable for working myway through the stockpile. Said stockpile includes bleucheese (in my freezer) Broccoli Bleucheese soup sounds great. Please send me the recipe when you get your e-book done.
    sweetmem@juno.com

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:41 pm

      I certainly will send you a copy and keep up on the good work reducing your stocks!

  • afrugalspinster February 17, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I linked to your post from frugal girl’s.
    I’m blogging about eating my way out of house & home. I’m single but have a huge stash of foodstuff in my house. I followed Kristen’s lead and began a blog as a way to hold myself accountable for working myway through the stockpile. Said stockpile includes bleucheese (in my freezer) Broccoli Bleucheese soup sounds great. Please send me the recipe when you get your e-book done.
    sweetmem@juno.com

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:41 pm

      I certainly will send you a copy and keep up on the good work reducing your stocks!

  • Cheeryshirley February 17, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Hey Jo! Food waste is less this week…in defense, though, we tried an experiment of putting collards in a jar sealed with Food Saver, and they didn’t work out so well! Pheeeew! Down the disposal they went…and fast! The rest looks good! Wiped down the outside of the fridge (top, sides, and front). Now, I need to do the inside, and we’re good to go! Enjoyed your post (including the “fairy cakes”)! Have a great weekend! Cheeryshirley

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:42 pm

      Glad to hear your back with the ole fridge cleaning routine! Have a fab weekend too…
      ps – there’s a piccie at the bottom of this post of the cake…

      • Cheeryshirley February 17, 2012, 7:18 pm

        Soooo cute! Your kids have some fun with their Mum, don’t they!?! Cheeryshirley

  • Cheeryshirley February 17, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Hey Jo! Food waste is less this week…in defense, though, we tried an experiment of putting collards in a jar sealed with Food Saver, and they didn’t work out so well! Pheeeew! Down the disposal they went…and fast! The rest looks good! Wiped down the outside of the fridge (top, sides, and front). Now, I need to do the inside, and we’re good to go! Enjoyed your post (including the “fairy cakes”)! Have a great weekend! Cheeryshirley

    • simplybeingmum February 17, 2012, 6:42 pm

      Glad to hear your back with the ole fridge cleaning routine! Have a fab weekend too…
      ps – there’s a piccie at the bottom of this post of the cake…

      • Cheeryshirley February 17, 2012, 7:18 pm

        Soooo cute! Your kids have some fun with their Mum, don’t they!?! Cheeryshirley

  • Amy February 17, 2012, 11:13 pm

    We are going away for a week today so deliberately under shopped this week and got a juicer for my birthday so juiced the remaining carrots (3) and 2 tomatoes for brekky and had no waste apart from 5 Ikea meat balls that no one could face eating. The fridge has 4 oranges that will be fine for juice when we get back, spreads and cheese that are fine and an unopened uht milk. Really getting there with wastage now thanks to your inspiration.

    • simplybeingmum February 18, 2012, 1:43 pm

      Hi Amy – You sound ultra organised! Hope you have a great time! Jo

  • Amy February 17, 2012, 11:13 pm

    We are going away for a week today so deliberately under shopped this week and got a juicer for my birthday so juiced the remaining carrots (3) and 2 tomatoes for brekky and had no waste apart from 5 Ikea meat balls that no one could face eating. The fridge has 4 oranges that will be fine for juice when we get back, spreads and cheese that are fine and an unopened uht milk. Really getting there with wastage now thanks to your inspiration.

    • simplybeingmum February 18, 2012, 1:43 pm

      Hi Amy – You sound ultra organised! Hope you have a great time! Jo

  • Clare Holden July 26, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Please could you be so kind to tell me where I could purchase your cook book? I love you on super scrimpers your a total inspiration !!!!

    X

    • simplybeingmum July 28, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Hi Clare, Thanks for the compliment but I haven’t been on superscrimpers (yet – haha!). Unsure whose cookbook you may be looking for, was there someone called Jane on there? My blog contains lots of recipes, you could take a look. Jo

  • Clare Holden July 26, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Please could you be so kind to tell me where I could purchase your cook book? I love you on super scrimpers your a total inspiration !!!!

    X

    • simplybeingmum July 28, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Hi Clare, Thanks for the compliment but I haven’t been on superscrimpers (yet – haha!). Unsure whose cookbook you may be looking for, was there someone called Jane on there? My blog contains lots of recipes, you could take a look. Jo

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