Friday, 8 June 2012

Food Waste Friday - Carrot Guilt

This week I am feeling guilty...

Poor carrots - you serve us so well, day in, day out.  You are always there for us, appearing daily in stews and sauces.  We cut you into crunchy sticks for lunch boxes.  You can be grated into salads and your beta carotene never fails to brighten up our winter soups.  You don't even complain when we tart you up beyond all recognition into a carrot cake.

And yet, we went on holiday this week and I'm afraid you were ignored completely.  Yes, we took you away with us but whilst we were out walking and cycling you were left on your own back at the apartment, festering at the bottom of the veg box:


You stood by and watched while we chomped our way through locally produced Cumberland sausages, celebratory Jubilee fruit cake and that enormous bar of chocolate that kept us going on a long hill walk.  You even had to suffer the ignominy of watching our holiday romance with this jar of frivolous fun:


(Oh, how the jar was scraped clean!  No sticky toffee sauce food waste to report!)

Carrots, I know we can get our relationship back on track.  I thank you for sticking by me and my family; you with your Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.  Grown year round in the UK, you are no one night stand.  promise this will be the last time you ever feature in a Food Waste Friday blog post and I will never treat you this way again!


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

6 comments:

  1. Your post made me think of something--wonder how carrots would taste with toffee sauce?

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    1. My initial thought was yuck! But carrots are quite sweet so maybe not so yuck? Carrot cake with toffee sauce would probably be very nice but not so sure about plain boiled carrots!

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  2. Those are some sad looking carrots! Forgive my ignorance (I'm way over here on the other side of the globe), what do you do with sticky toffee sauce? And is it like butterscotch? I hope you had a nice holiday. What were the highlights?

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    1. Sticky toffee sauce (which is all caramelly brown sugar, fat and cream, so probably like butterscotch) usually goes on sticky toffee pudding (a dark, sticky, sweet affair; in its defence it does have healthy dates in it!, but we had it on banana cake with custard. We had a great holiday thanks! If I get time today I will do a '10 frugal things' follow up on here...but if you ask my kids then their highlight(a frugal one too!)was definitely Grandad getting the rowing boat stuck in the mud, with his three granddaughters on board!

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    2. Thanks for the info. Sticky toffee sauce sounds like what caramel sauce is here, as it has cream in it. The cake sounds really yummy. My daughters have a special end of school year cake (their own invention) they like to make -- chocolate cake, with fudge frosting, then topped with a generous pour of caramel sauce. It is so sweet and gooey we have to have very thin slices at a time , making the whole cake last several days. Most Americans I think are more familiar with using caramel sauce on top of ice cream.
      I'll be looking for an update on your holidays. (We're just in the planning stage of our summer vacation, later in August, so looking for ideas.) Isn't it great that a kid's trip highlight could be something like Grandad getting the row boat stuck in the mud? As parents, we think we need to have these big, blow-out vacations to places like Disney, when our kids have so much fun doing simpler things!

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    3. I like the idea of an end of school year cake, especially chocolate and caramel! Your thoughts on the holiday highlight echo ours - we also said, "Who needs a theme park!" I don't know if it was Grandad's highlight of the trip though!

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