Friday, 7 September 2012

Food Waste Friday - Using up the leftovers and mustard mayhem!

Extra vigilance is in order this week as it's National Zero Waste Week!

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Apart from a small amount of wilty lettuce and a little dry bread which was fed to the chickens, there were some good food saves.

Having watched the Hairy Dieters' make skinny pies, which Rationing Revisited then replicated, I was inspired to make a leftovers pie. Left over veggie chilli, beefed up (or quorned up!) with extra quorn mince, onion, a turnip, a couple of potatoes and gravy, was topped with a homemade pizza dough crust, and declared a huge success by all who consumed it.

Some about-to-go-out-of-date yogurts were rescued from Mother-in-law. (Yes, I am even looking out for food waste beyond the four walls of my own home now.)  When the kids decided they didn't want to mix the fruity bit into the yogurt, it was commandeered for embellishing a pineapple upside down cake (which was already using up some pineapple left over from pizza-making).

Because the food waste has been under control this week, I've had time to check out what is going on with longer shelf-life items in the fridge.  I discovered THREE jars of mustard in the fridge!  What can I do with all that mustard?!

Our actual pledge for Zero Waste Week was to recycle our tetrapak containers and I'm happy to report that only one has been used so far this week.  

Have you had any Zero Waste Week successes?

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


  1. Hi Sarah,
    I made a yummy soup last night, adding a bunch of leftovers to an already leftover soup from the freezer. It was a multi-meat masterpiece -- with turkey stock, beef bits, chicken bits and beans. You'd think this would be yuk, but surprisingly it all got eaten!

    For mustard -- lots and lots of mustard vinaigrette? Actually, I add mustard to baked beans, potato and macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and to make the "wet" coating for dipping chicken into before the bread crumbs for chicken nuggets. Good luck with it!

  2. Well done on the double leftover soup! Thanks for the mustard ideas...

  3. I once got fed a teaspoon of English mustard whilst blindfolded during a game of Dare! I don't recommend it as a way to use it up though!!!!

  4. The pineapple upside down cake looks so good. Not looking forward to pineapple being outrageously priced in a few months.

    1. I knew grain prices were likely to rise, but hadn't heard about pineapple and bananas, until you prompted me to look into it. Thanks for the tip off!

  5. Agree with lilis ideas
    I spoon mustard into casseroles,
    I smear it on ham joints before roasting [Aldi do fab ones at good prices. much nicer than buying presliced ham]
    I beat it into mashed potato
    Its good in salad dressings
    I would NOT add it to pineapple cakes though!

    blessings xx

    1. Thanks for those tips Angela! I can see it wouldn't be a good addition to a pineapple cake but if you Google 'pineapple and mustard' there are lots of recipes for pineapple and mustard glazes and sauces!

  6. My husband who will eat most things, does not like mustard even when it's only a minor ingredient in a dish. However, I do like it. That must be why we have two containers of mustard in our fridge.

    Nice job with your saves this week. I haven't had pineapple upside down cake for a long time and it sounds really good.

    1. In our house it's the husband who is the guilty mustard buying culprit!

  7. Great job with zero waste! Also wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Check it out:

  8. I love mustard, so using it up is never a problem in this house :) Congratulations on so many creative ways of using up leftovers this week. I love the idea of a national zero waste week too.

    And it must be your lucky week because I have also nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award :)