Climbing back on the wagon (kind of)

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mouldy food creates wasteIt’s going to be a baking day today. Grandma Green’s Birthday is on Monday, but Little Miss green is going to a celebratory lunch with her on Sunday. I’d better not say to much more as no doubt Grandma Green will be checking in for her daily dose of zero waste adventures. Cakes are always better made in advance and left to fudgetise for a few days before eating, in my opinion. I am the Queen of stodgy, comfort food, so three days in the tin and all will be at the peak of perfection ready to line empty stomachs.
I am also going to take a look in both fridges and get back on track with the food waste idea. I was reflecting on this last night and it’s so easy to slip back into bad habits. Reducing food waste means having your finger on the pulse ALL the time. And when a heavy dose of CBA kicks in, this is a real challenge.

For example, yesterday I had to choose from one of the following options: Go into the kitchen, dig around in the fridge for things that needed using up and make some culinary creation a la Nigella OR Little Miss Green opens a tin of spaghetti bolognase, puts it in a saucepan, puts it on the cooker and serves her own tea while I sit in front of the fire stroking the cat.

I bet you can all choose which option I went for.

Still, today I will don my apron, stick a clothes peg on my nose (yep, it’s getting that bad in there) and sort the fridge. I KNOW there will be some waste, and boy do I feel bad about that. But there we are – we live and learn and none of us are perfect. Even the cat has started looking very interested whenever the fridge is opened. That can mean only one thing; there is something pretty rancid in there.

I started on the lightbox this morning, so by the middle of next week I’ll be borrowing Mrs A’s hotpants and twirling in phoneboxes again ready to whizz through a zero waste lifestyle with the greatest of ease.

While I have the oven on I’ll bake some biscuits for visiting trick or treaters. When I found myself gazing at individually wrapped chocolates in the shop yesterday thinking “that would be a far easier option” I knew it was time to pull myself up by the croc straps and get myself back inline.

Watch this space for some horrific confessions of a slack housewife……….

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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. Poppy says:

    I certainly wouldn’t refer to you as a slack housewife Mrs G. The efforts you put into living at one with nature rather than fighting it are admirable. The reference does remind me of a tag line used by a friend on another chat room however and although slightly off topic, I’d like to share it now as it always makes me smile.

    “SLOVENLY householders. Always keep a few ‘Get Well Soon’ cards on the mantlepiece. When unexpected visitors arrive you can tell them that you have not been well and that’s why the house is untidy”

    Good luck with your baking. I did hope to do some with Master P this week, but he’s been away with his cousins.

  2. Good for you Mrs G!

    We’re carving home grown pumpkins today…

  3. LOL, I love Poppy’s idea of the get well card. I always reserve the line “sorry you’ve caught me clearing up”, whenever I answer the door to an unexpected guest. The trick there is to leave the broom in the hallway as further evidence. πŸ˜€

    Anyway Mrs G, I’m whizzing my hotpants straight down to you. Good luck with the baking and happy birthday to Grandma Green next week πŸ˜€ xxx

  4. I used to dread cleaning out my fridge too…it was just such a horrible job. Smelly, slimy…you know! Now, it’s hardly a chore at all.

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Poppy, why thank you ma’am for your lovely comment – you made my day πŸ™‚ Love your idea about the get well cards LOL! It will be baking again today; I did some Halloween things yesterday and it’s back onto using up the apples today. No rest for the wicked πŸ˜‰

    Sarah, did you have fun with the pumpkins? I have to say I hate doing it; they are so bloomin’ difficult and LMG gets frustrated because she can’t really do anything – not very empowering for her. Still, she loves the finished result so it’s worth the effort once a year.

    Mrs A “sorry you’ve caught me clearing up” I LOVE that πŸ˜€

    Kristen, I’m glad you have made friends with your fridge. One day I shall join you in the kingdom of clean and organised fridges!

  6. I did! I love growing them, carving them, the kids love the squishiness of scooping out the insides, and pumpkin soup is lovely.

    We’ll be doing it again next year, from seed to table.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    Gorgeous; the seed to table reverence for our environment is so important and a lovely thing to share with children, as we all live in an ‘instant gratification’ fast-paced world. Glad you all had fun πŸ™‚

  8. It’s just brilliant, next year they want to make pumpkin pie instead though. I shall have to find a recipe!

  9. Mrs Green says:

    You’ll need to find a Canadian or American friend to get the best recipe methinks πŸ˜‰

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