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leftoversI’ve just taken a peek in our ‘fridge. Knowing what is lurking in there and how long it has before it ends up unusable is an important part of zero waste. Although raw food can be composted, cooked food is another matter. If it doesn’t get used up, it ends up in the landfill, where, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rot down, it emits methane instead. Methane contributes to global warming.

Nestling in our ‘fridge tonight I found some chicken from the weekend, which my two have just polished off with chips, peas and sweetcorn for tea. I think it can be safely said, that there is something strangely comforting about cold chicken and chips.

I also found:

a few tablespoons evaporated milk
1/2 jar tikka sauce
2 half blocks of cheese
left over roast potatoes and meat from Sunday
left over mashed potato and cooked broccoli and carrots from the weekend
almost 1 pint milk
1 portion of cooked rice

For lunch today, Little Miss Green was out and Mr Green and I used up some leftovers. He ate curry and rice and I ate rice, stir fry and lentils.chicken chips

Although we managed to go out and buy some zero waste convenience food this weekend, it looks like I have enough leftovers to create a few meals already. I think I’ll be making waffles (waffles made with evaporated milk taste like ice cream cones!), curry, fish pie, custard and a savoury rice cake. That should keep us going for a while!

Tomorrow we have the local paper coming to visit to take some photos, so it’s all go! No wonder I don’t have time to cook much this week 😀

What about you? Do you have anything to use up in your fridge this week – what are you planning to make? We have some top tips coming from Rob Rees, the county’s favourite chef later in the week, so stay tuned!

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