What’s in your fridge, post Christmas?

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Mmmmm, Mrs G''s rather over the top Chocolate Cheescake

Mmmmm, Mrs G''s rather over the top Chocolate Cheescake

There’s nothing like a thorough food inventory after the Christmas festivities. We’re not about to let bad food waste habits slip in after all this time!

I’ve taken a look at the fridge and fruit bowl to see what we have. I did a big shop before Christmas and it looks like it will last me at least 2 weeks; so that’s great; it will ensure I don’t create too much food waste and will save me some money.

But hey, guess what? Before I let you into my fridge, remember you have to do something for me this week!

Yes, that’s right, we’re currently lagging in third place, OUT OF THREE in nominations for the Green Web Awards, “Best Green Living Advise Site”

Now we can’t come in third, even though, in true British spirit, it’s the taking part that counts, so we need your help with voting. Voting ends on Friday, so please go along to the Green Web Awards, scroll down the page to the “Green Living Advise Site” and vote for us! While you’re at it, scroll down once more to the Social Media Hero category and vote for Mrs A’s The Rubbish Diet.

While you’re at it, pop a note on facebook, twitter, any forums you take part on or annoy your friends by emailing them a blanket email with a link…

Ok, back to the fruit bowl:

In the fruit bowl

  • 1 pear
  • several apples
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 limes

All apart from the apples need using up, like yesterday – they’re looking decidedly sad

In the fridge:

  • 1/2 jar curry sauce
  • 1/2 jar passata
  • 1/2 carton apple juice
  • 1/2 packet boursin cheese
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • left over egg mayo
  • scraping in a philadelphia cheese pot
  • left over cooked vegetables
  • 1/2 tin spaghetti bologanase
  • selection of dips
  • few bits of cheese
  • tub of whipped cream
  • 1/2 tub double cream

In the cake tins:

  • 1/8 chocolate cheesecake
  • few mince pies
  • 1/4 Christmas pudding
  • about 12 profiteroles

Little Miss Green’s appetite is quite small at the moment, so this should work out well – 1/2 tin spaghetti will be just about all she manages for a meal right now, along with some fruit for pudding.

Does anyone know how long mince pies will last? I don’t think I’ve made them before, but I’m guessing they should last quite well?

I guess my food lends itself to buffet style dishes – dips, sandwiches and decadent puddings with the odd curry thrown in for good measure.

How about you? Do you have much food left over? Anything you need some inspiration for using up? I quite fancy having a go at making Christmas pudding ice cream, but I think Mr Green will finish off the pudding before I get my mitts on it…

Let me know if you’re interested in starting the New Year with a freezer dive and we’ll set one up. It would be good to use everything up and then have a grand defrost in time for the Spring clean! A defrosted freezer is better for the environment and your bank balance πŸ˜‰

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  1. Alea says:

    The leftover cornish hens, rice, and carrots are now in chicken and rice soup. The leftover ham is going into scalloped potatoes, which should making a hardy post skiing meal tomorrow. Some of the goodies have been frozen, some are doubling as breakfast foods, because if you think about it pumpkin pie is healthier than breakfast pastries, not that we eat breakfast pastries, but the comparrison does help when you need to justify having breakfast for dessert. πŸ˜‰

  2. Alea says:

    @Alea: That should be dessert for breakfast, in a hurry to go vote and jumbled my words.

  3. When I did my baking prior to Christmas I put the majority in the freezer so we could just pull out odd items rather than having tins of stuff.

    The turkey was dismantled and frozen Christmas day night, for a curry next week probably.

    The meat joints(beef, pork & gammon) I cooked on Christmas Eve have served well, with hot meat rolls Christmas Eve, cold sandwiches Christmas Day and Boxing Day and then finally cold meat and chips on Sunday.

    I also deliberately cooked double quantity of mash and veg on Christmas day for using on Boxing Day, mash with steak for dinner and bubble and squeak for breakfast.

    We didn’t have a Christmas Pudd this year as there is only me who likes it, but had a cheesecake instead.

    Now in the fridge I only have some salad fixings to use with the prawns and salmon in the freezer, and some veggies which will go with sausages for a dinner tonight (fancy sausages mind – wild boar, venison, port and cranberry – all bought at a food fair at the end of Nov).

    I still have quite alot of “normal” food in the freezer; topped up just before Christmas, and so shouldn’t need to shop until the boys are back at school.

    This forward planning has been very useful this year as the lane we use to get to the village has been like a sheet of ice for nearly a week.

  4. Poppy says:

    I’ll just be glad to get my kitchen back and some veg on to the plates! Mr P has taken over and I risk life and limb if I challenge him on any of his cullinary delights πŸ™

    I don’t think we have any serious amount of leftovers. A large amount of cooked turkey went into the freezer and most of the veg is uncooked and waiting patiently for me to get at it with a knife or peeler πŸ™‚

  5. Charity says:

    I have loads of uncooked sprouts and parsnips – anyone got any good soup recipes?

    Also have mince pies (use-by date is March), chocolate truffles and lots of cheeses, but they will get eaten eventually I expect.

    I need to do a shop for normal boring stuff now, like washing powder, baked beans and shampoo.

  6. LJayne says:

    We’ve done really well for a change. Helped by the fact that we weren’t catering Boxing Day (went to family) and so we deliberately didn’t go overboard for just ourselves on Christmas Day.

    The turkey was sorted and frozen on the Day itself. We did have a few bits over, leftover veg & bones, that we meant to make into stock/soup but had an unexpected dash to grandparents when the snow melted so I think that’s past it unfortunately.

    1 home-made mince pie left. I made them a week ago and I had the 2nd-to-last last night and it was yummy. Christmas pud got finished up yesterday although we have a whole one left under the stairs (yum yum!) and they keep fine!

    I made some Chocolate brownies that didn’t get eaten as much as they should on Boxing Day as we were stuffed from lunch but they can be warmed and eaten with ice-cream (more yum yum!) Otherwise the bacon joint got eaten, the christmas biscuits are nearly gone and there’s just the gingerbread house for the older 2 to devour between them.

    Forward planning was definitely our success this year.

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Alea: Hi Alea, it sounds like you have things very organised over there. And yes, of course, pumpkin is a good choice for Breakfast πŸ˜‰

    @maisie dalziel: Hi Maisie, forward planning certainly paid off this year – we were in the house for a week too because our road was so icy. Fortunately I, like you, had shopped for ‘normal food’ before the snow came. It sounds like you have some great meals planned!

    @Poppy: I hope you’ve had some veggies by now, Poppy! Although it must be rather nice to be waited on for a change πŸ˜‰

    @Charity: Hi Charity; good to see you – I don’t remember seeing you for ages. I have some parsnip ideas in the archives; nothing with sprouts though. Personally I prefer sprouts cut into small slices and stir fried.
    Here;s the recipe for soup with parsnip in it:
    http://mzw.wpengine.com/2009/02/recipe-number-two-from-the-abel-and-cole-box-minestrone-soup/

    I also think parsnip would work great with a sharp cheese such as stilton or even a creamy one like Boursin.

    This was a popular recipe too πŸ˜‰ http://mzw.wpengine.com/2009/02/mmmmmm-what-is-this/

    @LJayne: Hi Lesley, So many of you sound organised with getting the turkey meat stripped off the carcass by Christmas night. Chocolate brownies sound good and well done with all the forward planning πŸ™‚

  8. Tor says:

    I made ham, turkey and leek pie with left over meat and cream from Christmas (home made pastry too – not plastic packaged shop bought!). I also used the turkey carcass to make stock which I then used to make soup from leftover veg. Vegetable pasta sauce was order of the day at the start of this week with the last of the leftovers.

  9. Mrs Green says:

    @Tor: Hi Tor, your turkey and leek pie meal sounds great – just the thing for this cold weather. Vegetable pasta is always a hit here too!

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