Friday, 25 May 2012

Food Waste Friday - Very Hungry Caterpillar Style

Have you ever read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle? (If you haven't you can watch a video of the story made by Coppermill Primary School's Year 1 here.)

Well our food waste week has been dominated by using up last week's lemon cake baking disaster, and reads a little like that popular children's book!

On Sunday, we ate through one Strawberry Trifle, as recommended by Barb@ A Life In Balance.

But we were still hungry!

On Monday, we ate through one Eton Mess, as recommended by Jane.

But we were still hungry!

On Tuesday, we ate through one Pineapple Cheese Cake, as recommended by Sunshine Mae Designs.

But we were still hungry!

On Wednesday, we had finished using up the lemon cake, but now we had some pineapple left over from the cheesecake, so we ate through one Pineapple Upside Down Cake!  (With icecream as recommended by Live And Learn)

But we were still hungry!

On Thursday, we ate one nice plain banana.

And on this Food Waste Friday we definitely have NO cake waste!


DISCLAIMER: Here at Everyday Life On A Shoestring we do not usually eat such elaborate puddings on a daily basis, but if the alternative means a lemon cake going in the bin, then needs must!

And if you are thinking that I had to buy an awful lot of ingredients to use up one lemon cake, then think again!  We always buy fruit, and most of the ingredients we already had, apart from jelly for the trifle, whipped cream (which was eked out into the first three puddings) and cream cheese (which as well as featuring in the cheese cake became this week's top sandwich filling).

The Daily Mail featured an article about food waste, 'Britain bins its BOGOF bargains', this week.

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it.


  1. I once had a chocolate cake failure. When it came time to tip it out of the pan, only half came out. I tried to patch it up, but the cake was too dry to eat. Not wanting to throw it out, I poured pudding over it, but the cake part was still dry. It sat for a day, then softened up some. We topped it with strawberries, whipped cream and fudge sauce. And finally the whole thing got eaten. I later discovered that I needed reading glasses. I had misread the amount of baking powder to add to the batter, I added 4 times the amount! LOL!

    1. Lili, you are indeed as creative as your blog name would suggest! I can appreciate the reading glasses thing...mine are never in the right place when I need to read a recipe or instructions on a packet, which is maybe why I'm not too good at following recipes!

  2. Thanks so much for the shout-out! You are a marvel!

  3. LOL I love it! (Would you like to come and make some dessert for me?)

  4. Thanks for the shout out and the reminder of the "Very Hungry Caterpillar." Gonna have to find our copy and read it again.

  5. That's OK! I enjoyed digging out our copy on Friday, and finding The Very Busy Spider in the process, which was another of our favourite Eric Carle's when the kids were small!

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