Saturday, 30 July 2016

War on Waste & A Birthday.



I just realised, this blog was a year old on 20th July.
The time as certainly flown by.



I watch the Eat Well for Less on the BBC although it really annoys me, I can't believe how much people spend and how much they throw away.


We are all guilty of buying things and not getting around to using them, but I make sure I do something with them before its too late.
I regularly check the fridge, today I found a few things which needed using up.

Some White Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower & Broccoli.


So I  made Coleslaw.




The rest left over Cabbage was put in the freezer for using in a soup and the leftover Carrots sliced up for the freezer.







The Cauliflower & Broccoli were made into a soup.

We had some for tea and a tub left for another day.
The Cauliflower was from Aldi 39p, 10p reduced Broccoli , a small pot of cream 60p, one onion , veg stock and seasoning, total cost around £1.30. Not bad for two meals.






I also have a bag of lemons to use, so I will make some Lemon Drizzle Cakes.


Nothing gets wasted here.
I wish people would use their imagination a bit more, then it might save them some money.

25 comments:

  1. I am always astounded by the amount of money spent on a weekly shop for some. I rarely waste any thing its basic common sense to check the fridge and rotate stock in the pantry.

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    1. It is common sense for us thrifty bloggers, but some people just don't have any.

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  2. It's shocking the amount of money and food some people seem to waste. They should be made to read your blog for ideas. Some brown looking bananas will be going into a cake here tomorrow. X

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    1. It is, I don't like brown bananas like you they will always go into a cake xx

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  3. Jules, I peel chop and freeze over ripe bananas to blitz into instant ice cream. It's lush!

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  4. They use these people for shock value, but they are stupid and lazy.

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  5. I know just what you mean it doesn't take long to check the fridge each day. We use up everything in our house. Your cauliflower and broccoli soup looks delicious. Jane xx

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    1. Thankyou Jane, that is the first time I have made it , it was very good.

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  6. Soup looks yummy. Like you I cant abide waste and if they don't have an imagination there are websites were you enter what ingredients you have and it gives you recipes! The program is annoying but its compulsive viewing too.

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    1. Thankyou Tania, Soup is so simple and always tasty. It is compulsive I know what you mean.

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  7. If food was not sold so cheaply, often less than production costs, then maybe people would put more value on what they eat and spend and would stop wasting food.

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  8. In years past I could have featured on that show, we used to spend a small fortune! Now I love using things up and being creative with all those little bits and bobs that I may find hanging around.

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    1. We have all been there, in another life I use to shop at Waitrose quit often.

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  9. Eat well for Less annoys the hell out of me, too! We spend a lot on food, but it's on good food. I don't buy processed food with the exception of baked beans and 'convenience' food to me is a jar of pesto or a can of tomatoes (from which I can make my own tomato sauce or a add he pestou to pasta or for pestou soup with the other ingredients such leeks, carrots, celery, etc.) I use fresh tomatoes for tomato soup, with fresh basil leaves, too. I always buy fresh fish for fish meals, and loads of fruit and veg (bought loosewhenever possible and not pre-packed). This sort of food isn't cheap but it's good and nourishing. I make a cake occasionally, but for a treat, not an every day occurrence like the woman in last week's programme - there must be something mentally deficient with someone who bakes every day for her family - if they eat proper food they don't need bolstering up with cake. Surely she knows that amount of sugar and fat isn't good for them?
    Real food, freshly bought and freshly prepared, is not only healthy, it actually tastes wonderful! I'm a pensioner and was brought up to cook everything from scratch - and yes, that even meant grating cheese, too, not buying it pre-grated as the woman in the programme did! It's high time children were taught to cook - either at home or at school (sdly, it would appear a lot of mums can't cook and rely on convenience food) if they are not being taught already. And I don't mean adding milk or an egg to a packet cake mix, either!
    We do spend a lot on food (our choice) as I have said, because we buy quality, free-range, organic products wherever possible - very little red meat, but chicken and fish. It is possible to eat more cheaply, we know that and very necessary for some people, but good quality food is our top priority (before holidays and new cars) after the household bills are paid. We save by not buying wine (we don't actually like it, we're not teetotal or anything like that!) or fizzy drinks, crisps, processed food, and snack 'food'. Instead we buy various packets of nuts - brazil, walnuts, cashew, pine kernels, and add those to salad, or eat them, or olives, with a glass of chilled mineral water with a slice of lemon or lime. Our one treat week is a bar of Lindt dark chocolate between the two of us. We have a couple of squares each evening and when it's gone we don't have any more chocolate until we do the big shop again. I would put all the crisps, snack foods, processed foods in an aisle in the supermarket called "Total Junk for your Money" or something like that. I know I'm out on a limb here and many will disagree but the proof of the pudding - pardon the pun - came when my husband needed some minor surgery and his skin healed in record time for a chap of his age. Even the surgeon remarked on it and he said it was his good diet which clearly caused this - we are, after all, what we eat.
    Where do we shop: the alpha and omega of supermarkets - Waitrose and Lidl. Both have good quality food.
    Margaret P

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    1. I also meant to say I love those green cushions - what a bargain they were!
      Margaret P

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    2. You are absolutely right in all you say Margaret, I think I have a good diet and I drink gallons of water and I think that has helped me stay young looking for a bird who is nearing the big 50 x

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  10. Nearing 50? You are a spring chicken, girl! I am approaching 72 but don't feel it inside (apart from the usual aches and pains which accompany old age - as it's been said, it's not for sissies! I'm not doing old age again, har, har!) Indeed, I had a make-up makeover by a Lancôme beautician last Monday just to ensure that I don't get into a rut with my make-up. Old ladies often stay stuck in a time warp as much as old men - look at all those Edinburgh Woollen Mill clothes and 'Comfy' shoes, and men dressed head to toe in shades of Horlicks. My husband is 80 but he dresses in Tommy Hilfiger and Gant, I'd not let him within a mile of an old style gent's outfitter! Yes, water is the secret agent! That, and some pretty lipstick (for women, I mean!) Oh, and it helps to keep the brain supple: you have your lovely blog and I write for magazines (and occasionally for the local paper) it gives my brain a good workout.
    Margaret P

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    1. I will be the same, your as young as you feel, x
      I know you must get fed up and annoyed about folk asking, are you going to start blogging soon?

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    2. I have been in touch with my computer man and asked him to assist me in setting up a blog and I heard from him last week to say he's been in touch with an American company (not actually what I asked for or expected, but he's a good chap and I hope all will soon be working) and he parted with money, rather a lot I thought, to set up a blog theme. All I envisaged was a little help in setting up one myself, but if it eventually works I will be pleased. So yes, I hope to have one up and running sooner rather than later. What on earth I shall talk about, I have no idea! But I expect the ideas will flow once I start writing. It won't be on garden produce as we only grow flowers with occasionally some runner beans if the flowers can bear to give up a bit of their space; I won't be talking about boot sales because I don't go to them, I've enough junk - sorry, 'wonderful items' - to fill a store of my own; it won't be about knitting, crocheting, embroidering, making-do-and-mending because the only needles I'm familiar with are those at the doctor's surgery for blood tests - if a button parts company with my clothes, I have my 'staff' to attend to that; it certainly won't be about the Olympic Games (which, thank goodness, will be over soon - and yes, I know they've not even started yet!) and it won't be on frugality because if anyone shops in Waitrose, as we do, they can hardly be dubbed 'frugal' even though we don't waste things. But it still leaves a lot of things to write about - the countryside and seaside where I live, days out, visiting gardens and historic houses, photography, books, magazines, food (I enjoy cooking and baking, but I don't make a cake every day like the woman on Eat Well for Less!), perfume (a passion of mine), makeup, clothes, art, antiques ... yes, there are lots of things to chat about, I think. Indeed, today I went to hairdresser and shops on the search for some nail polish and eyebrow make up (eyebrows are 'in' n; goodness knows where they were while they weren't 'in'!) and then just happened to find myself in the lovely old fashioned sweet shop, Cranch's, in Totnes and buying some Beech's violet creams (my one weakness!) and then, oh my, my feet tooke me into Crew Clothing ... over which I will draw a subtle veil ...
      Then home for lunch, homemade minestrone soup (made yesterday) with an onion baguette (shared with my 'staff' - or as my cousin calls him, my houseboy!) and lovely fresh fruit salad (also made yesterday.)
      My 'staff' aka my dear husband, will not, ever, be referred to as 'Hubby'. I know a lot of bloggers call their husbands by this name, a term of endearment I do appreciate this, but I cannot stand it myself. I have never, ever called my husband "Hubby", nor has he ever referred to me as "Wifie." He knows what he'd get if he did!
      Margaret P

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    3. Great news I will look forward to it, let me know how to find it please. Just blogging about everyday life will be great x

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    4. Yes, I will certainly let you know! Everyday life in an English seaside town ... I should've had that for my title!
      The new Crew Ultimate Breton top that my eyes said I must have, after my feet had taken me into the shop, looks great with my coffee-coloured Artigiano culottes and also with my very old but still excellent off-white Artigiano lightweight trousers (at least a decade old but still looking like new.)
      If my blog was up and running now, I'd post about the makeup makeover I had last week by a Lancôme beautician - that was great fun. I mightn't have ended up looking 20 but inside I certainly felt it! I tell you, for a quick lift which is absolutely free and which gave me a buzz even more than those yellow stickered goods, book a makeup makeover for autumn! You don't have to buy a product, although I did, but it's nice to learn a few new makeup skills even 'even at my age'!
      Margaret P

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