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    • Bumblebear
    • By Bumblebear 4th Apr 17, 1:24 PM
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    The "what can I do with this" or "kitchen cupboard bugbear" thread
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    • 4th Apr 17, 1:24 PM
    The "what can I do with this" or "kitchen cupboard bugbear" thread 4th Apr 17 at 1:24 PM
    Hello all

    I am totally prepared for this idea to sink like a lead brick but I wonder if there is a place for a thread where those of us that are being thrifty with our groceries for whatever reason, challenge, or just because, can ask for suggestions of things to do with our unloved ingredients. You know, that dusty packet of dried-unsulphered-unicorn-snow-berries of whatever it was we thought was a good idea to purchase for that amazing looking dish you saw in the Sunday paper 'lifestyle' (cringe!) supplement, never did use and now languishes at the back of the cupboard along with a pot of fenugreek from 1992.

    There are some fantastic, thrifty, family cooks on here and I for one would love to tap into some of your knowledge and experience. I think I do pretty well on turning empty cupboards into meals, choosing value ingredients with a multitude of purposes; but I am human, and I am of the generation where "home economics" consisted of making fairy cakes and mini pizzas for a couple of weeks. Therefore I have unloved packets of stuff, they are always there on the top shelf (where little me can't reach), and they are never destined to find a use but I can't bring myself to throw away (been too poor, too many times for that!).

    In the interests of trying to make this work; my first kitchen cupboard bugbear is a bag of linseeds. It is a big bag, I could add a few to muesli, on the occasions we buy muesli, but that alone isn't going to get rid of my linseed problem! Any suggestions please?
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 6th Dec 17, 3:04 PM
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    In the interests of money saving I'm resurrecting this thread in the hope that you lovely lot can give me some tasty & interesting suggestions on what to do with this random selection of weirdness...

    Buckwheat - raw and toasted - I love this but am stuck for ideas as I usually make salads, which I'm not fancying atm
    Moringa Powder - hideous, any suggestions for hiding the taste?
    Cassava flour
    Coconut flour
    6 individual bags of frozen smoothie mix (apart from smoothies due to lack of sunshine in this part of the world)
    A tin of smoked oysters, and one of smoked mussels

    Couscous - not strange I know, but I have realised that I cant stand the stuff. It tastes like the bottom of budgies cage. I only bought it because I was trying to be all frugal and make cheap work lunches. Does anyone have a magic spell to transform it into something halfway edible please?

    I have most herbs, spices, flavourings etc and there isn't a lot I don't like (except tinned smoked shellfish, see above)

    That's just for starters, there are loads more unspeakable delights to test you

    Any suggestions welcome thanks guys
    Originally posted by Daisy Rainbow
    Buckwheat can be used instead of rice in risottos.

    Smoked mussels and oysters would be very at home in a paella or seafood risotto. Or as a topping for a seafood pizza.

    I find bland, boring couscous far more palatable when made up with Oxo stock, and a hefty glug of brown sauce. Brown sauce is great for adding a spicy zap to a lot of things. A!di's own brand is excellent. I use it instead of stir-fry sauce for flavouring noodles, for example. It's not a million miles away in flavour from oyster sauce.

    Frozen smoothie mix might make an interesting layer for a fruit trifle, when defrosted.

    Coconut flour could probably be used half and half with ordinary flour in a whole range of biscuit and cake recipes.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 6th Dec 17, 5:35 PM
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    Florence J
    Couscous - why not try fruit couscous? Chop up a selection of fruit into very small diced pieces and make the couscous up with a 30% orange juice 70% boiling water mix.

    Can't help with the other suggestions unfortunately.

    You could also try the Love Food Hate Waste thread for more advice.
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