A celebratory breakfast for Little Miss Green

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Little Miss green enjoys a zero waste breakfast
After the shock of a rather spicy curry for breakfast yesterday, I played fair this morning by making one of Little Miss Green’s favourite treats –  rice pudding. Oh the comfort on a grey, cloudy morning.

Now if you think I’m some kind of Ma Larkin who gets up at the crack of dawn and spends all her time slaving in the kitchen, you can think again. Convenience is the name of the game for me and this is where I want to introduce one of my favourite kitchen gadgets……..

The slow cooker.

This little fella is an investment worth every penny. You will save time, money, energy and your outlay will pay itself back to you in no time, both in terms of money and sanity.

For warm rice pudding in the morning, simply throw in all the ingredients into the slow cooker before you go to bed, attach a timer switch and wake up to the aroma of perfectly prepared breakfast – this is particularly effective if you’ve added a little cinnamon to the mix. You can lie around in bed like a Lord or Lady pretending that someone else is in the kitchen working for you 😉

I used basmati rice because the only pudding rice I could find this week was in cellophane, and that is a no-no for our zero waste week, but it worked a treat and swelled up bossomy and proud, just as required. In fact I prefer it to pudding rice because it retains a bit of a texture rather than turning into a gloopy cat-with-diarrhoea consistency.home made rice pudding and fruit

If you plan ahead, then get the slow cooker to turn off about an hour and half before you want to eat and you’ll find breakfast waiting for you at the perfect eating temperature. What could be simpler! It’s like having staff but without having to fork out for wages.

Little Miss Green favoured a dollop of jam with some raspberries as her topping. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we’re able to patronise our local fruit orchard where the lovely guy will take back our plastic punnets for reuse.

She’s off out for the day with Grandma Green today, so I have a bit of time to get on with my personal decluttering mission.

It will be an interesting time this afternoon upon her return because Little Miss Green usually comes home with something extra – a toy she has chosen in a shop or something to eat in an exciting wrapper. So let’s see if Grandma Green can rise to zero waste week too or whether we have to put her in a pit and flog her with stones 😉

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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. Jaynie says:

    You’re absolutely right about slow cookers- they’re fab! I’ve never thought about cooking rice pudding in it, though…. I’ll have to give that a go!

  2. Kris says:

    I’m on tenterhooks now for Grandma Green – will the consequences be happy, dire or perhaps a middleground of being sent packing clutching packaging?

  3. maisie says:

    I often do rice pudding in my slow cooker, I also do a ratatouille base for curries overnight then just portion up in the morning.

  4. jen cleanbin says:

    Once again, Yay for rice pudding!

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