No Waste Tastes Great / It’s Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. Okay, so it’s starting to look a little like Christmas.

Shall I explain?

The top shelf is the usual spreads, garlic and yogurt – all with life left in them yet.

But cast your eyes below. Not instantly recognisable but there are 2 homemade Christmas puddings and some salt dough.

Following my new recipe (eliminating animal fat and substituting breadcrumbs) I made 3 puddings.

Correction, I actually ended up making 4 puddings. Not sure what it is with me and Christmas pudding, I also make way too much mixture.

Fortunately a neighbour had a spare pudding basin. They are now the proud owner of a Christmas pud (a bready one ;-)).

I won’t be sharing the recipe here this year because it’s not quite right. I know this, because we’ve already eaten the small one. Very tasty with ice-cream (well, I’m trying to make it not too Christmassy yet!). It’s too bready (is that even a word?). It needs work!

The salt dough I’m not planning on eating. I made these:

And I still have more to make. I’m having a stall at the village fayre this Sunday. My first ever. I’m a little bit scared…

You may have noticed – No waste at Chez Wright – Hurrah. The first in a long time. There’s also nothing for dinner, but that’s okay because I am out to eat then catching the new Twilight movie. The Hubby is away and the Kids have a sleepover.

Fortunately there’s a portion of Broccoli and Stilton soup sitting on the bottom shelf for my lunch. No cooking for me today – hooray!

Hang around though Guys, I have a UK giveaway…

If you’re starting to think about Christmas yourself, this giveaway may be of interest.

I’ve been contacted by a very kind jeweller who has offered one of my readers a bespoke pair of cufflinks.

If you follow this blog on a regular basis you will know that I am not a big shopper and try to handmake as much as I can when gifting, But a close second is a personalised gift. Particularly when purchased from an independent company.

Please let me introduce them in their own words;

RING Jewellers is a bespoke jewellery shop based in Brighton. It is an independent store owned by Stuart Stanley. After studying product design at Buckinghamshire University Stuart began to focus on jewellery design, inspired by his move to Brighton after graduating in 1997. RING opened in Brighton’s famous Lanes, at 21 Meeting House Lane is 2005. It did not take long for RING to to gain a reputation for quality bespoke jewellery and excellent customer service”

RING have kindly offered one pair of bespoke cufflinks, made to your own requirements – based on the style below.

The word on the street is that many a celeb can be seen sporting a pair of RING designed cufflinks!

To enter you must be 18 or over, only one entry per reader and the cufflinks must be dispatched to a UK address.

Just drop a comment in below – and to be included in the draw add ‘pop me in draw’ or something similar. Only comments that specifically mention the draw will be included. Thanks!

The winner will be drawn on Monday 19th November 12pm by a random generator and announced on my Facebook page the same day. The winner will also be notified by e-mail.

RING have promised that they will arrive in time for the big guy in red to make his Christmas day deliveries!

If you get chance why not pop over to their Facebook page and check them out?

*** I only run giveaway’s that I myself would enter and am in no way compensated for linking to RING. It sounded a fun product for you Guys!***

And back to No Waste Tastes Great

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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  • Lauren November 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    Good luck with your stall! If I was nearby, I’d pop in for sure. Although still completely on the fence about decorating this year. We shall see if the mood strikes closer to the time.

    Well done on the empty fridge. I might have waste this week. It’s been a very odd week schedule wise and DH had a nasty cold for most of it, so haven’t used as much of our food. Most things will be fine or freezeable, but not sure I’ll get through enough of the salad bits before they turn.

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:12 pm

      Thanks Lauren – I didn’t reply earlier as I’d underestimated just how much work was involved making my stock! I tend to get carried away…
      Hope there wasn’t too much waste?

  • Lauren November 16, 2012, 11:02 am

    Good luck with your stall! If I was nearby, I’d pop in for sure. Although still completely on the fence about decorating this year. We shall see if the mood strikes closer to the time.

    Well done on the empty fridge. I might have waste this week. It’s been a very odd week schedule wise and DH had a nasty cold for most of it, so haven’t used as much of our food. Most things will be fine or freezeable, but not sure I’ll get through enough of the salad bits before they turn.

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:12 pm

      Thanks Lauren – I didn’t reply earlier as I’d underestimated just how much work was involved making my stock! I tend to get carried away…
      Hope there wasn’t too much waste?

  • Claire Rudkins November 16, 2012, 11:39 am

    I’m so disorganised for Xmas this year a pair of cufflinks would get me off to a flying start to please pop me in the draw!

  • Claire Rudkins November 16, 2012, 11:39 am

    I’m so disorganised for Xmas this year a pair of cufflinks would get me off to a flying start to please pop me in the draw!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn November 16, 2012, 12:24 pm

    It has been a long time since I’ve worked with salt dough. What do you paint/decorate them with?

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Acrylic paint works great. I use a variety of methods, brush sponge etc… then finish in different ways also. A bit of anything goes really!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn November 16, 2012, 12:24 pm

    It has been a long time since I’ve worked with salt dough. What do you paint/decorate them with?

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Acrylic paint works great. I use a variety of methods, brush sponge etc… then finish in different ways also. A bit of anything goes really!

  • georgeporge November 16, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Great blog, love the recipies.
    Have a tip for the fayre, have a lot of small cost items as people more inclined to pick up an item or two when browsing.
    Also please include me on the ring draw!
    Thankyou!

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Number 2 goes to you! Thanks for entering (and reading!)

    • simplybeingmum November 19, 2012, 12:18 pm

      Many congratulations – you won the draw…
      Please e-mail me with your contact details and dispatch address. I will forward it onto Ring and they will contact you to discuss your prize directly.

  • georgeporge November 16, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Great blog, love the recipies.
    Have a tip for the fayre, have a lot of small cost items as people more inclined to pick up an item or two when browsing.
    Also please include me on the ring draw!
    Thankyou!

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:13 pm

      Number 2 goes to you! Thanks for entering (and reading!)

    • simplybeingmum November 19, 2012, 12:18 pm

      Many congratulations – you won the draw…
      Please e-mail me with your contact details and dispatch address. I will forward it onto Ring and they will contact you to discuss your prize directly.

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 16, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Those Christmas puds look yummy, bready or not! Well done on no food waste! (And btw, you can see what happened to the runny part of my chutney on my blog!!)

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:14 pm

      Hi Sarah – I’ll be popping over…really didn’t click how much work I’d have to do setting up for my craft stall… probably be tomorrow as I am asleep on my feet!

  • sarah@everydaylifeonashoestring November 16, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Those Christmas puds look yummy, bready or not! Well done on no food waste! (And btw, you can see what happened to the runny part of my chutney on my blog!!)

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:14 pm

      Hi Sarah – I’ll be popping over…really didn’t click how much work I’d have to do setting up for my craft stall… probably be tomorrow as I am asleep on my feet!

  • Clare November 16, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Good luck for your stall! Sounds wonderful! We have been reading lots of Rainbow Magic books lately and many of them seem to feature village activities like village fayres. We don’t really have those over here, they sound like so much fun!
    I had lettuce wastage issues this week – but it wasn’t my fault! The lettuces at the shop were over-watered and it went slimy the day after I bought it! I did, however, use up all my spinach 🙂
    And enjoy your night out and your night off! Lucky 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:16 pm

      Oh my Rainbow Magic… Kirsty, Rachel, the goblins and of course…Jack Frost! You’re right they do have an awful lot of village fayres!
      Lettuce always gets wasted here, I’ve given up on it!

  • Clare November 16, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Good luck for your stall! Sounds wonderful! We have been reading lots of Rainbow Magic books lately and many of them seem to feature village activities like village fayres. We don’t really have those over here, they sound like so much fun!
    I had lettuce wastage issues this week – but it wasn’t my fault! The lettuces at the shop were over-watered and it went slimy the day after I bought it! I did, however, use up all my spinach 🙂
    And enjoy your night out and your night off! Lucky 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:16 pm

      Oh my Rainbow Magic… Kirsty, Rachel, the goblins and of course…Jack Frost! You’re right they do have an awful lot of village fayres!
      Lettuce always gets wasted here, I’ve given up on it!

  • Jo H. November 17, 2012, 7:30 am

    Four bananas bit the dust here – we scrounged from the freezer and pantry all week so you would think the bananas would have gotten eaten, but they turned so fast. Today I bought quite a lot of produce, as I’m trying to get back to healthier eating, so I will need to be extra careful this week to use things in the right order. Congratulations on your no-waste week, and I can’t wait to hear how your sale goes!

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

      Thanks Jo – sorry about the bananas…. 🙁
      Craft Fayre went okay, not many sales (think everyone was out enjoying the crisp sunny weather), but lots of useful feedback and ideas on taking it forward. All very exciting…but rather exhausting also!

      • Jo H. November 19, 2012, 12:43 am

        I hear you on the exhaustion – it took me all week to really get back to myself! (But you’re young and shipshape :))

  • Jo H. November 17, 2012, 7:30 am

    Four bananas bit the dust here – we scrounged from the freezer and pantry all week so you would think the bananas would have gotten eaten, but they turned so fast. Today I bought quite a lot of produce, as I’m trying to get back to healthier eating, so I will need to be extra careful this week to use things in the right order. Congratulations on your no-waste week, and I can’t wait to hear how your sale goes!

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

      Thanks Jo – sorry about the bananas…. 🙁
      Craft Fayre went okay, not many sales (think everyone was out enjoying the crisp sunny weather), but lots of useful feedback and ideas on taking it forward. All very exciting…but rather exhausting also!

      • Jo H. November 19, 2012, 12:43 am

        I hear you on the exhaustion – it took me all week to really get back to myself! (But you’re young and shipshape :))

  • Louise G November 17, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Well done on no waste. We’ve been good of late – but failed this week and several overlooked items from a too-full fridge bit the dust 🙁 Sloppy housekeeping on part

    Would love to be entered into the draw 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

      Better luck next week Louise…pop by and let us know how it goes?
      You’re number 3 in the draw!

  • Louise G November 17, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Well done on no waste. We’ve been good of late – but failed this week and several overlooked items from a too-full fridge bit the dust 🙁 Sloppy housekeeping on part

    Would love to be entered into the draw 🙂

    • simplybeingmum November 18, 2012, 8:18 pm

      Better luck next week Louise…pop by and let us know how it goes?
      You’re number 3 in the draw!

  • Ruth November 17, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Hi,
    I have never had success with salt dough- your’s look great. Please pop me in the draw.

  • Ruth November 17, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Hi,
    I have never had success with salt dough- your’s look great. Please pop me in the draw.

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