Monster munch mash

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Mashed potato, topped with cheese and with Mrs Green's secret 'use it up!' ingredient

Mashed potato, topped with cheese and with Mrs Green's secret 'use it up!' ingredient

Just when you thought you’d heard it all.

We’ve been presenting some talks to various groups in our area, and Mr Green has come up with a particularly visually appealing part which involves crushing a bag of crisps.

I won’t tell you what it’s all about just in case you ever get to hear us speak, but it really does leave the audience with ‘food for thought’.

The thing is, I’ve been left with crushed packets of monster munch crisps to deal with. Bearing in mind the contents are reduced to dust I guess they could simply be washed down the sink, but you know what I think about food waste; yes, even a packet of edible dust. Especially when those bags of dust cost 50p each.

I had two packs of dust taking up space in the cupboard. Little Miss Green wanted to stick a wet finger into the bags and eat them but I decided to get more creative than that. And I excelled myself I have to admit.

It was cheese and potato pie to the rescue – a comfort food if ever there was one, but with the added ‘secret ingredient’ seasoning of a packet (or two) of crushed monster munch.

There wasn’t an exact recipe but it went along the lines of mashing together some potato with a little butter and milk, fried onion and garlic with some cheese. I added the crushed monster munch, spooned it into an oven proof dish, topped with sliced tomato and cheese and baked in the oven until it browned.

Served with salad it was quick, frugal, satisfying and used up those crushed crisps instead of us having to waste them.

Have you ever used a really weird ingredient in a meal?

Monster munch mash and salad

Monster munch mash and salad

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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. Alea says:

    I think this sounds wonderful! Probably the oddest thing I do is replace the white beans with cauliflower in black and white chili. I wonder how many other things I do that are odd, but just seem normal to me?

  2. Karen says:

    I have just used up a packet of chestnuts from Christmas in an oxtail stew. Absolutely yummy

  3. Alyson says:

    An elastic band! And it’s put my son off gravy ever since.Last year, I was trying out a WW2 meal using one pan.Steamed bacon pudding with veg and potatoes. Unfortunately, when it came to tying the pudding basin I couldn’t find the string so thought I’d use an elastic band. Potatoes and veg were cooked in the water. It worked a treat until the elastic band broke, fell into the water and I used the water to make the gravy. Pudding was lovely, veg, potatoes and gravy had a very distinct rubbery twang to it. Yuk. Us older ones tried to soldier our way through it, couldn’t waste it now, could we? Probably not quite the wierd ingredient you were thinking of but it’s the one that sprang to mind. Ha ha ha

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Alea: I know what you mean, Alea; things soon become ‘normalised’ don’t they. I think cauliflower goes well with chili 🙂

    @Karen: Wow, that sounds intriguing; chestnuts are quite meaty aren’t they?

    @Alyson: LOL! Well that gave me a giggle and I think I’ll stick to string 😀

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