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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 27th Feb 17, 4:33 PM
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    Love Food, Hate Waste
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    • 27th Feb 17, 4:33 PM
    Love Food, Hate Waste 27th Feb 17 at 4:33 PM
    I have been surfing around the internet this afternoon and found a site about Stop Wasting Food I think had quite a good idea ,in that instead of restricting ourselves from certain stuff during Lent perhaps it would be better to limit the over buying, and use up the initial stuff we already have .There is apparently a Russian young lady who seemingly has reduced the amount that Dennmark wastes by changing peoples out look in the supermarkets, and they have significantly reduced the amount of stuff being binned into landfill

    Now to me that seems like a pretty good idea. The supermarkets have reduced amounts binned by instead of offering BOGOFFs they have reduced single purchases so its more economical to buy less. Doesn't sound like a bad idea ,I can understand people buying large amounts if they have larger families, but how often have we all been swayed by BOGOFFs,myself included. What do you all think ?



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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 8th Sep 17, 8:41 PM
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    When I was single, I had takeaways probably once in 6 months, and never popped to the shops for snacks. If it wasn't bought during the weekly shop, I couldn't eat it.
    Now I have a bad combination of being easily swayed with a snacky BF. He used to be a takeaway every-other-day-er, so his diet has improved while I give in more often than I used to.
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    Haha, I feel your pain! I've put on 2 stone in 7 yrs living with my crisp-and-biscuit-craving, carb-and-red-meat-loving bf! I used to live on veggie stir fries saut!ed in water, now we live on mince & tatties with oodles of gravy & have constant snacks in the house!
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 8th Sep 17, 8:45 PM
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 9th Sep 17, 11:06 AM
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    Ginmonster although I am not a total veggie I too enjoy lots of veggie meals as well as some meat meals .Veggie curry or chilli is an excellent and cheap way to use up past their best veg.Cauliflower I could happily eat on its own without any problems at all. I like being able to mix up various veggie to make a meal and a little while ago I made a veggie lasagnes for my DGS who wolfed it down and didn't even notice there wasn't any meat in it
    Tonight for dinner I have dug out of the freezer a shepherd's pie that I bulked out a bit with some baked beans as it was the remains of some mince I had and I didn't want to just throw away.The topping is creamy mashed cheesey potato that I mashed with the tail end of some garlic and herby type of philly soft cheese so I will have that with some steamed cabbage, and for pud I will have some of the freebie diced up pears that were given to me earlier this week with some greek type yogurt.Nothing to shop for as yet so its a week since I went near to a shop.I am quite happy to use up what's in the freezer and hopefully I will be able to defrost it before Christmas. I found some left over bits of pastry in there which I shall use up to make a sweet mincemeat tart for the weekend. This will do a few pudding with some gloopy custard on top.Also going to make a victoria sponge cake for my DGS Jack as its his favourite.
    Have a good weekend chums

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    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 9th Sep 17, 1:43 PM
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    Just had a cheese omelette with salad for lunch. As the salad is getting a bit limp and i seem to have lots of eggs. Yet again I have to throw away rocket as it's not usable. I get bored with just lettuce as the leaves for my salad and love rocket, but it's the thing i most often have to chuck. Any suggestions re how to pep up salad leaves with something that doesn't go off so quick?

    I made banana bread this morning as the bananas went very ripe again. We go in phases where they get eaten almost immediately, or are left to go too ripe. I make a lot of banana bread

    For tea, i am having yet another of the fish pies i made back in may, with some of the veg that needs using. Probably some tender stem broccoli and some carrots. The "children" (18 and 21 ) will have pizza - OH has gone away with his mother. DS is leaving next week for uni, so i am trying to get him to use up the things only he generally eats - some steak pies in the freezer (though i doubt he will eat 4 in a week!), pepperoni pizza, some chocolate brioche and some squash.

    A change in my shopping habits is upon us, with him going but DD coming back. She eats very little meat so i am looking forward to making a lot more veggie food which OH and i both love but DS detests.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 9th Sep 17, 2:41 PM
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    VJsmum - I love banana bread but I never get to make it as bananas never get a chance to go squishy in our house. My 4 year old eats one every day and even likes them when they're brown so I've got no chance.
    I'm wondering whether you could make some pesto with your rocket - maybe do it with half a bag when you first get it and bung it in the freezer until needed. That way you still get the rocket but don't have too much. As long as you use up the pesto of course! Or maybe some of JackieO's tips about keeping lettuce fresh might work with rocket too to make it last longer.

    I made some orange glazed tofu today for lunch with vegetable and cashew nut fried rice. My little boy wasn't impressed with the tofu but hubby and I enjoyed it and I finally used the very last leaves of the giant cauliflower I've been cooking all week!

    I used some of the green bean pesto I'd made yesterday for last night's tea with spaghetti, cauliflower (of course) and some nice strong cheddar grated on top. It was really lovely. It also finished off the last of the spaghetti in the storecupboard but that's a good thing as I still have loads of half packets of different types of pasta. I'm definitely a hoarder when it comes to food.
    • carlislelass
    • By carlislelass 9th Sep 17, 5:30 PM
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    I'm not offering!
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    Seems I've offended you, wasn't meaning to
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 9th Sep 17, 6:09 PM
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    Seems I've offended you, wasn't meaning to
    Originally posted by carlislelass
    Well it didn't sound very complimentary to me but I'm pleased to hear you weren't trying to insult my cooking. I get enough of that from my 4 year old! :-)
    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Sep 17, 6:11 PM
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    When I buy rocket it gets tipped out of the bag onto kitchen paper and then that is put back into the bag with the leaves. I also seal the bag with a clip which seems to stabilise the moisture level in the bag and so it doesn't go slimy.
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 9th Sep 17, 6:46 PM
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    When I buy rocket it gets tipped out of the bag onto kitchen paper and then that is put back into the bag with the leaves. I also seal the bag with a clip which seems to stabilise the moisture level in the bag and so it doesn't go slimy.
    Originally posted by Floss
    ooh thanks, I'll try that
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    • house elf
    • By house elf 9th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    Evening Folks,

    I have been given the horticulture groups to teach on Thurs and Fridays. Yesterday we harvested broad beans, cabbage and potatoes from the plot we tend at a local garden. We brought it all back to school to sort and sell to the rest of the staff for donations to buy seeds. TA was throwing lots of outer leaves and tired veg into the bin. I rescued it to give to my hens, who were very excited by boiled up cabbage and beans this morning!

    I have also ended up with all the potatoes which were a bit green. I don't mind peeling the green bits away. I shall be turning them into leek and potato soup (Thanks Candygirl), etc. KBoss...What's the best way to process the potatoes to make wedges for freezing?

    Made good progress with making freezer space this week, but I have just filled it up again with 2 lots of the Coop frozen meal deal! I just can't help myself!

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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 9th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    Used up a tin of chicken in white sauce that had been forgotten in the cupboard (I know, awful stuff but I love chicken pies!), LO pastry and some frozen veggies to make a dozen mini chicken pies - that's my snacks sorted for the next week!

    Emptied the freezer of 1/2 a drawer of ys veggies and made a dent in my stockpile of soba noodles by making a stir fry for lunches next week.
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 9th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
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    Had a late dinner of HM potato n leek soup, n a roll, n am having pizza for tea in a bit
    GM how do I make pesto, with green beans n pine kernels? I might try it tomoz
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    • Amara
    • By Amara 9th Sep 17, 9:46 PM
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    Can I freeze marrow? What is the best way to do it? I've been given a bag, but don't know, what to do with it. Stuffed marrow is not an option, as my oven doesn't work at the moment.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 10th Sep 17, 6:58 AM
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    Had a late dinner of HM potato n leek soup, n a roll, n am having pizza for tea in a bit
    GM how do I make pesto, with green beans n pine kernels? I might try it tomoz
    Originally posted by candygirl
    I cooked the green beans in the microwave then put them in my food processor with a fat clove of garlic, a couple of handfuls of cashews, the juice of a lemon, a glug of oil and seasoning and then whizzed it until smooth. It turned out well.
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 10th Sep 17, 12:59 PM
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    Tho I am trying to empty freezers (did you guess? ), i don't want to do it at the expense of letting other stuff go off. Only me eating tonight - OH still away and both kids poorly.

    I have peppers, onion, potato, courgette that need finishing up. thought i'd do some kind of veggie curry thing. I have some carrots in the freezer and some tins of chickpeas. I may be able to rustle up other odds and s0ds from the freezer in the form of bits of veg to chuck in there.

    I think it's another week where we can eat out of the freezer - might just have to buy a few fresh bits..
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    • carrielovesfanta
    • By carrielovesfanta 10th Sep 17, 3:09 PM
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    Any suggestions re how to pep up salad leaves with something that doesn't go off so quick?
    Originally posted by VJsmum

    I keep all my salad leaves in a large clippy box that had a little drainer rack in the bottom. (like this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000AN4CV)


    I got it from The Range I think.


    I keep the box in place of one of the salad drawers. I just rinse the leaves and chuck them straight in and the leaves last for a week or more depending on the type.


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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 10th Sep 17, 3:42 PM
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    I cooked the green beans in the microwave then put them in my food processor with a fat clove of garlic, a couple of handfuls of cashews, the juice of a lemon, a glug of oil and seasoning and then whizzed it until smooth. It turned out well.
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    Will give it a go, n report back 😁😁
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Sep 17, 8:06 PM
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    Ginmonster i guess that pesto would freeze ok? It sounds an ideal thing to do with the bucket of French beans I brought home from the allotment today!
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 10th Sep 17, 9:22 PM
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    Hey Floss, I made a pesto from basil, cashews, garlic, and oil and froze some. It was great when I took it out of the freezer. I used some with pasta fro DH and the rest in a flan base, spread thinly, and it gave a lovely delicate flavour to the quiche.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Sep 17, 10:46 PM
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    Thanks MMF that sounds like a good plan!
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