Monday food watch

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Fresh fruit for a zero waste breakfast

Fresh fruit for a zero waste breakfast

After our rather large confessional last Friday about our food waste mountain, you can guess what I’ll be writing about for this week. You’ll be back in the kitchen with us, sitting around the table, cavorting through our cupboards, foraging through the fruit bowl and ferreting through our ‘fridge.

Today will be grapefruit for breakfast. Little Miss Green asked to try a fresh one and it’s been in the fridge for a couple of weeks. There is an open pot of yogurt and a few apples, so we’ll choose that to go with the grapefruit.

As soon as lunch had been cleared away yesterday I mashed up the left over carrots, cauliflower and broccoli with some cream, ready to make fish pie for lunch today. There are still some potatoes that are going soft in the kitchen, so they’ll be used to make a mashed potato topping. All I need to do is open a tin of fish and mix it in.

The pie doesn’t need to be strict on quantities, so I’ll use an entire tin of fish, less enough to spread on crackers for Little Miss Green’s tea.  She can have some of her home grown radishes to eat with those.

It’s starting to sound easy already and means I don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen today too! That should free up some time to spend tending to the garden. The weeds have taken off and I’m playing catch up.

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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:

    Hi Mrs G

    I’ve been sort of abandoned today, though I am expecting a friend around later. Master P has gone Hogwarts Express spotting with his grandad and Mr P has gone out with some friends.

    Your cookery skills are commendable. Not sure what we’ve got lurking in our fridge at the moment, but Master P’s packed lunch had a sausage sandwich with a sausage saved from last nights meal. I do try to think ahead with his lunches now rather than just grabbing packets of plastic ham off the counter at the local supermarket.

    As Master P’s food requirements for the day are being taken care of, I’ll see what I can find to sustain myself and Mr P later.

    On a similar note, lots of people were left to actually think for themselves yesterday when the local Tesco changed their closing time! They recently changed to 12 – 6, but apparently had lots of complaints and reverted back to 10 – 4, which resulted in lots of disappointed shoppers being turned away after 4!! Shucks! No sympathy here. I told my brother to go hunt through his over flowing cupboards 😉

  2. Sarah says:

    @Poppy: Hogwarts Express? My kids would love that! A couple of years ago they got to see platform 9 3/4

    Anyway – food today. In a mo I’ll be starting off some onion and mince in the slow cooker, grating some old carrots to go in as well and anything else I think I can hide in there and that’ll be the base for a cottage pie, half of which will be frozen for another day. Lunch will be cheese on toast and I may even make the base for an apple crumble.

  3. We went to sell at a carboot sale yesterday so had a grab what you can day when we got home, which meant that all sorts of silly bits were used up.

    I did make a loaf of bread on Sunday so that could be used for sandwiches with the bits from the fridge.

    And we took some fruit with us to nibble on whilst selling.

  4. VegBox Clara says:

    I had a rapidly-blackening banana for breakkie – ate it without looking at it too much 😉
    Then made a miso-style soup for me and VBH out of some slightly shrivelling spring onions, half of the left over wet garlic leaves, broccoli and mushrooms.
    Tonight we’re hoping to finish the remainder of last week’s veggie box (spring greens, spring onions, mushrooms, broccoli, wet garlic leaves, and capsicum) by making a pasta sauce.
    Which will leave me with 5 sticks of rhubarb that I don’t know what to do with, as I’ve decided against eating any acidic fruits … Perhaps I can make something for one of the neighbours?

    That fish pie is sounding SCRUMMY!

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: Did your brother manage to make himself something nice, Poppy?! Hope master P had a good day – it sounds like just the perfect day for him 🙂

    @Sarah: sounds like a busy day, Sarah; shepherds pie is a favourite here too. Funnily enough, only if I add the lentils / barley mix. If it’s just meat LMG doesn’t like it.

    @Maisie Dalziel: Having a ‘use up lefotvers’ day is something I must organise for the freezer; like you do, Maisie. I’m getting on ok with the fridge, but still bad with throwing out freezer burnt food.

    @VegBox Clara: did you make something with the rhubarb? I never buy it as I’m not sure what to do with it either. Although I would imagine chutney would be nice and maybe it would go well with strawberries for a fruit crumble. Pasta sauce sounds delish 🙂

  6. Poppy says:

    @Sarah: I believe it’s doing the rounds of the all the Steam enthusiast places, so maybe near you at some point. We’ve also had the Tornado passing through – the first brand NEW steam engine in 50 years!

    @Mrs Green: I’m sure he did just fine Mrs G, I should have said – there’s enough food hiding around his house to feed an army for a week or more! Master P had a fantastic time and took nearly 100 digital photos!!! Not sure who he went with though, either that day or on the Friday when he was supposed to be with Nanny. Lots of train pics Monday and lots of animals on Friday, but no people!

  7. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: Sounds like master P had a great time with his camera. Funny about no people LOL! I guess trains and animals are more exciting.

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