Mr Green makes a zero waste poo-ding

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For pudding today, Mr Green took to the kitchen. When I say he’s pretty s*** at cooking, you’ll know what I mean when I say when he came out of the kitchen brandishing this:

pooding Mr Green\'s zero waste delight
Say what??!!

Is this what we have to resort to when we get towards the end of a zero waste week and supplies are running out?

Oh, how we laughed, but even Little miss Green was a bit daunted at the thought of putting that in her mouth.

I guess eating something that looks like that this the ultimate in One man’s trash is another’s errrr, pooding? It brings a totally new meaning to recycling one’s waste and not dumping things in the landfill.

Now, before you log off and think we have gone insane, I ask you not to judge a book by its cover.

What you are looking at is, in fact a Mr Green delicacy, a kind of truffle in the making.

All it consists of is dried apricots and cocoa powder. You throw it in a bowl, squidge it together until it looks like the photo above and THEN, dear readers, you roll it about in your chosen flavour and shape it into individual truffles. Like so:

zero waste truffles

When we were poncing through Waitrose the other day in search of zero waste celebratory food, we stumbled across the ultimate luxury. Pure cacao that can be grated straight into dishes. It was wrapped in foil and paper and promises to deliver the caffeine fix to beat all others.

William George Harcourt-Cooze is founder of “Willie’s” chocolate, named after Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. His aim was to become one of the first Britons since the Cadbury family to grow, import and produce their own chocolate. On his honeymoon, eleven years ago in Venezuela, he purchased 1,000 acres (like you do) of land and planted 10,000 cacao trees.
waste free cocoa with no excess packaging
He produces three 100% cocoa varieties with no flavouring additives. No pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals of any description have ever been used on Willie’s cacao trees. It’s the purest of the pure and is only available in Selfridges and Waitrose at the moment.

Yes it might cost a small fortune, but quality over quantity any time is the rule and I feel quite sure that when you take into account the true ‘cost’ of cheap chocolate, such as trafficking of women and children, this stuff is a bargain.

So off to the kitchen Mr Green went, clutching his finest purchase of re mortgage-the-house cacao to produce his zero waste celebrationary culinary delights.

Little Miss Green ate three of them, so even if they did look a bit dodgy in the development process, you can be assured that the end result isn’t that bad!

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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. Hi Mrs Green,

    Great to see Mr G has caught the home baking bug. With biscuits and cakes wrapped in plastic in superstores etc, this is the Zero Waste option. I am sure other readers have their baking ideas too.

  2. Tracey Smith says:

    Oh, how naughty missus – they look amazing…and remind me, when we lived in the heart of the prune region in France, I used to melt chocolate and coat prunes using two little teaspoons, then I’d leave them to dry on a sheet of baking paper (which you can reuse). They were the most delicious end to a yummy dinner and are not like prunes you get here in the UK which have been shipped over.

    Perhaps the hidden top tip here is to make something like this with fruits ‘a’ local, whatever they are! It could still be wonderful with caramel apples cut into strips and dipped in milk chocolate one end and dark the other…I’m hungry – am off in search of chocolate….

    TSx

  3. Anna-Lisa says:

    Hmmm very nice! There is a independent health shop where I work that sells small portions of pure cacao in a re-sealble plastic bag. I am going to find out if they bulk buy it and if so if I can bring my own reusable container to purchase it.

    Now im off to make something sweet with whatever ingredients I have. Have a great weekend x

  4. Oh boy – that first picture is hilarious! The pure cacao sounds gorgeous though and the resulting truffles v. yummy. Will have to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
    Melissa

  5. LOL – that’s so funny. They’d be perfect for Christmas presents too…hint hint ;-D

  6. Kris says:

    The truffle pics remind me of Christmas – one friend makes me truffles that look just like the cocoa dusted one, though hers are a smooshy chocolate not apricot style. They are presented in a kilner jar which I try to remember to give back at some point and she likes to splurge on the prettiest ribbon to tie round it which I always keep and reuse (this years valentine present from my husband came in that fabulous familiar ribbon!)

  7. Mrs Green says:

    John, it’s a great way to save on packaging. This evening I made parathas as Mr Green was having his hundredth curry of the month, and being zero waste week, he couldn’t buy naan or poppadums locally. I was thinking about how much money I’d saved in the process, as well as the packaging. Most importantly, they had a thumbs up from him on the taste stakes.

    Blimey Tracey – I was full up until you started rabbiting on about food and gorgeous delights. Now I need to go and raid the kitchen again!

    tell us what you made Anna-Lisa and good luck with using your own tubs; that would be a great solution.

    Your welcome Melissa, and so glad you appreciated my base humour. Why is toilet humour still funny even though I’m in my (latish) thirties I wonder 😀

    Sounds like Mrs A wants some poo truffles for Christmas, Mr Green. I’ll dispatch him to the kitchen in time, Mrs A – don’t you worry…….. 😉

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Kris, your friends Christmas present sounds lovely – more classy than ours perhaps 😉

    Kilner jars are a great way to present food gifts.

  9. Oh my goodness…that first picture is definitely, um, less than appetizing! lol

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