Little Miss Green doesn’t celebrate breakfast

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zero waste curry for breakfast
Here’s a conundrum for you.

What are you to do when you open the fridge first thing in the morning to find a couple of tablespoons of curry, some cooked potatoes and a bit of salmon that is getting close to swimming out of the fridge by itself?

Well it’s obvious really isn’t it? You have curry for breakfast.

Yes, that’s right. While Britons across our green and pleasant land enjoy an assortment of cereals, toast and coffee, Little Miss Green tucked into curry and fried potatoes for breakfast.

Now before you go and complain to the NSPCC for irresponsible parenting let’s just say that one of Little Miss Green’s favourite toppings for bread is marmite and honey. Not one topping on one piece of bread you understand, but TOGETHER: A layer of butter, followed my marmite and topped with honey.

Well I guess if the Chinese can do it with their sweet and sour sauce………..

She’s also be known to ask in the past for marmite stirred into porridge, she’ll happily munch crisps for pudding instead of something sweet and one of her first ‘real’ foods when being weaned was a slice of lemon, which she still loves to this day.

So curry for breakfast was no real issue for her and being a girl who enjoys her food I was surprised to find myself up against a little, as Grandma Green would say in such a scholarly way, ‘consternation‘.

Yes, Little Miss Green fussed, prodded, poked, sculpted into art and scowled at her curry and all the while I pretended I was the Queen and reminded her that we had a duty to the country to clear our plates this week. When the game of let’s play Queens and Princesses didn’t work I resolved to the more hardcore ‘well I’ll keep it and you’ll have to eat it for lunch’ tactic that usually gets her mouth moving pretty fast around the fork.

She told me it was too spicy.
Too spicy? This is the child who would, given the opportunity, drink neat vinegar, dip her finger into salt and lick it and add black pepper to everything; including porrage probably.

Was she crying? Surely not, but little red rims appeared around her eyes as she ate. I’m not that cruel, you’ll be pleased to hear, especially as she has learned a spell for turning me into a frog, so I put the offending food in the fridge for lunch and she got down to play. Interestingly, her red eyes cleared up as soon as the plate was removed.

A few moments later Mr Green came downstairs and floundered around for his coffee fix when the subject of the curry came up.

“You didn’t give that to her did you?” he asked, looking at me incredulously
“Yes, she likes curry. Why?”
“Well, I spiced it up a little last night and it was *really* hot – didn’t you see the state of my eyes after I had finished dinner last night. I had tears down my face?”

Ok, Now you can call the NSPCC.
How bad do I feel? πŸ™

I guess the karmic return will be instant when her sweet little bottom hits the toilet later and I’m left to clean up the mess.

And don’t worry, Mr Green will no doubt enjoy the remaining curry for lunch. Phew!
I’ll have to think of something extra nice for Little Miss Green to enjoy and spend the entire morning being the bestest Mummy in the world.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. maisie says:

    Aw Bless her little cottons!! My DS2 has been known to sit down to a bowl of hm stuffing for breakfast on Boxing Day morning.

    Now mummy could make some “Millies Cookies” (see http://www.maisiesrecipes.blogspot.com )

    Well this morning as DS2 has had a friend sleep over breakfast has been cereal and juice.

    These were the little ind boxes which were bought in an attempt to get my 2 to try different cereals, and the pack of 8 only cost Β£1.21 but each box has a coupon worth 25p on the back which Tesco will accept even if you do not buy the product.

    The coupons were removed the boxes were placed in the recycling bin and the inner wrappers will be used as bags for cookies (hm of course) in the lunch boxes in the weeks to come. Until a time when I need to find a place to recycle them.

    So still a zero waste breakfast in the Dalziel(our)household.

  2. Gareth Rae says:

    I have watched the clip and listened to the interview. Well done you. Having done both for world poverty issues I know how stressful it can be and how easy it is to dry up/whitter on . I think you and Mr & Miss Green did a fantastic job and will be an inspiration to others, including myself, to take up the challenge.

    Our council, Bristol, are running a Zero Waste Challenge Week at the end of the month. However, as no one in the relevant department seemed to know anything about it when I phoned yesterday morning, I am not convinced about how effective it will be. I eventually discovered that details are to be posted on the council’s website next week!

    If I can do even half as well as you then I shall be pleased. It’s the impossibility of buying anything, especially staple items such as rice, pasta, beans, couscous, pittas etc, without plastic wrappings that is causing me a problem at the moment. This is where tips from you, and other garbloggers are so essential. Keep them coming.

  3. Hi Mrs Green,

    There is always the Bokashi for uneaten food. My contributions there include grill pan burned fragments, fruit pips, passed sell by date, by years, commodities etc.

    Chris is on the Magazine section giving her conclusions. We get a mention and the Bokashi will be part of the food routine as well.

  4. Anna-Lisa says:

    Who says you should have cereal or toast for breakfast. I have whatever I have in and what i fancy. In fact I have had warmed up vege curry a few times for breakfast. Though poor Little Miss Green with the spicy curry. My dad once gave me a sandwich with very strong mustard on and I could not face mustard again for a very long time.

    Keep up the great work, I’m enjoying reading the blog on my lunch break!

  5. Kris says:

    My catering standards have slipped over the last couple of weeks due to ill health, and so we ended up with a takeaway pizza last weekend. My husband was particularly pleased as he was looking forward to leftover pizza for breakfast the next day – unfortunately for him it was the first day I had my appetite back and I ravenously devoured half the pizza leaving him back with cereal the next day. He put a brave face on it…

    Perhaps LMG might enjoy apple or plum picking as a seasonal activity with you to make up for her spicy breakfast.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    OMG πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Maisie, you had me **crying** with laughter at the stuffing for Breakfast – you certainly win funniest comment of zero waste week for that one LOL!
    Well done on your zero waste breakfast; I bet those small bags make great cookie packs and thanks for the website link; I think I’ll have a go at the cheese scones πŸ™‚

    Gareth Rae – thank you for your comment; the balance between having nothing to say and garbling a load of crap is a challenge! I’m so pleased to hear about Bristol doing a zero waste week, but frustrated for you – I’m going to look into this because it will probably cover South Gloucestershire, so we need to get the councils networking on this. I might be attempting home made naan bread this week, so watch this space!

    Hi John, I just read through Chris’s final conclusions on her plastic free week and it bought a smile to my face to see the bokashi mentioned. We are yet to try one. I keep going for a yes, then changing my mind. I think they are a fantastic concept, but I know that if I buy something that needs a regular purchase such as the bran I’m often a bit disorganised with things like that. Take our water filter – I’m not sure how many weeks the same filter has been in there; it’s probably doing no good at all……….

    Anna-Lisa; oh no – I have scared LMG for life with her curry; see, you still remember the mustard to this day – yikes!
    Glad you are enjoying a browse during lunch.

    Kris – your poor long, suffering husband πŸ˜‰ I have promised LMG a trip out on the first fine day, so let’s hope that is some time this year LOL!

  7. maisie says:

    “”OMG πŸ˜€ Maisie, you had me **crying** with laughter at the stuffing for Breakfast – you certainly win funniest comment of zero waste week for that one LOL!
    Well done on your zero waste breakfast; I bet those small bags make great cookie packs and thanks for the website link; I think I’ll have a go at the cheese scones””

    Best of it was he was only 6 at the time and also asked for Portuguese wine to go with it.lol!!!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    A girl of taste evidently!

  9. first, let me congratulate a girl who would appreciate my marmite. best condiment alive..good for embalming too. never spoils past its use-by date or ever, it just dries up to salty leather. and honey? same..

    as for curry, print the recipe for us, french cooks lost in america. i do hope you used peanut or olive oil to fry her tatters. this child is destined for greatness, i can tell.

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Oh no Nadine, not mere cooking oil for fried potatoes in this house, we use butter πŸ˜‰
    You’re right about the marmite and honey – I’d never thought about them in that way; there certainly is never fear of things going off past their use by date is there? πŸ™‚
    We’ll do a curry recipe in a separate post – it’s long and involved, but worth the effort.

  11. maisie says:

    Can’t beat cooked new potatoes fried off in garlic butter and served with chicken and salad, or fish and peas.

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