Friday, 28 September 2012

Food Waste Friday - Another rookie food waste error!

I wasn't going to fall for last week's rookie food waste error (forgetting to refrigerate leftovers until it was too late).  Surplus sausage casserole was refrigerated.  Then a different rookie food waste error occurred.

Either put your leftover sausage casserole at the front of the fridge or put it in a transparent food container, so that you will remember it's there. It may have been said many times before on other frugal blogs, but it really is true.

Whatever you do don't put leftovers in an anonymous container like this and hide them at the back of the fridge.

Otherwise, it's been a very good usey uppy week including four poppadoms that had been sitting in an opened packet in the cupboard for ages. I'm not even sure where I bought them.

Now, I'm not a fan of plastic food packaging, but I'm prepared to let these particular poppadoms off the hook.  Every now and then, I develop a fondness for food packets! I fell in love with the cheese cherubs on our favourite cheese of the summer's box, and when I noticed the wild-eyed pink rabbit on this packet, she or he caught my eye. A poppadom-eating pink rabbit? Now there's a thing!  

After wondering what the writing said (my Gujurati's not too good, but I'd hazard a guess at 'plain poppadoms', or 'poppadoms - plain'?) I noticed the yellow emblem at the bottom. It says 'Symbol of Women's Strength'. Now, I definitely am a fan of symbols of women's strength and thanks to BBC Spotlight Radio, I can tell you that that little symbol belies a much bigger story.  

The poppadoms are made by a co-operative of women called Lijjat ('Tastes Good' in Gujarati and ijjat means 'Respect' in Hindi.) From 7 women in 1959, it has grown to 45,000 women who make the poppadoms by hand (machinery would result in women being made out of work), and benefit from education and loans organised by the Co-operative. The Co-op has the model of the family at its core, with love, concern and trust being central values: 'The organisation is never just a place to earn money - it is a place of worship. This is true for the member sisters, workers and supporters. It is a place to devote one's energy. This is not for his or her good, but for the good of everyone. In this organisation work is worship.'

Thank you to the pink bunny for drawing my attention to the work of Lijjat! I like their tasty poppadoms, I like their philosophy, and if my small poppadom purchase helps one of my 45,000 Indian sisters, then I like that too.

The cheese cherubs; friends for the pink bunny?

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. This week you can find Food Waste Friday hosted by 
Simply Being Mum.


  1. Hi Sarah,
    I've never heard of a poppadom before. Could you explain what it is?

  2. The online Oxford Dictionaries definition is: "(in Indian cookery) a large circular piece of thin, spiced bread made from ground lentils and fried in oil." They're very thin and crispy and yummy. Here they're often served alongside curries, or as a starter with Indian chutneys. You can buy them ready crisped, but I buy them uncooked and shallow fry them myself. I can't think they'd be called anything different in the States, or that they wouldn't be available? Puzzling!!

    1. Thanks for explaining. They sound delicious. I'll look into them. We do eat a lot of curry in fall and winter here. They sound like they'd be a nice addition.

  3. I think it's great to find these co-ops and other companies who are using people, not machines, to make food and other things we need in life.