Saturday, 10 November 2012

Food Waste Friday - Goldilocks might like this one!

Son has been busy in the kitchen this week, so there's been some unusual food waste.


Porridge cake! Delicious or what!

He's working on his Chef's badge at Cubs, and although most of the serious graft is done at Cubs, he's been motivated to get cooking at home. It's not as if he hasn't ever been allowed in the kitchen before, but he's bravely trying some recipes unaided which results in some minor culinary mishaps. Simple things like cracking an egg can be challenging to the inexperienced hand; raw egg appeared on the floor so was put to use conditioning the wooden floorboards.

The biggest error of judgement came when the little lad got up before the rest of us and kindly decided he'd cook porridge for our breakfast. He heaped four cereal bowls with porridge oats, tipped them into a pan, added some milk and I came downstairs to find him grappling manfully with a huge glutinous mass. 

My food saving skills are not at their best at 7.15am but when I revisited the disaster zone after work, my initial idea for a food rescue was flapjack. Margarine and syrup were melted and the soggy oats added, but the mixture was gloopy rather than flapjacky. Quick rethink...a sort of Parkin type affair (for a recipe try Sue at The Quince Tree's; click here.) In went an egg and some flour.

It all looked so promising when it came out of the oven, even though we'd run out of ginger so it was a cinnamon parkin instead.  Icing made the whole thing look even more attractive.

Final evaluation? It won't be a recipe that I'm recommending anyone to follow due to its intense stodginess, unless they're undertaking an extreme sporting activity such as trekking to the South Pole, in which case it might be the ideal low GI dose of calories and carbohydrate. Please feel free to email me if this is the case! I had one piece and needed to go for a walk around the block before I could contemplate doing anything else. Husband also had one slice and announced he wouldn't be requiring an evening meal. Son ate some, and declared it delicious, but I think this was just to deflect attention from the fact that he had caused the whole oaty mess in the first place.

A few more pieces have been eaten, more out of sheer disbelief that any cake could be quite so dense than for the love of porridge cake, and it will put in an appearance at Sunday lunch tomorrow with stewed apples and custard, but we really won't be sorry to see the back of this food save!


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

12 comments:

  1. I am reminded of Magic Porridge Pot story- porridge overflowing and escaping out of the house. Your cake looks great. I've used up leftover porridge in muffins.

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  2. The cake is deceptive; looks great but it really isn't, trust me!

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  3. And this is how we learn--especially newcomers to the kitchen like your son.

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    1. Absolutely! I've learnt that it's sometimes better to follow a recipe and that my son still needs a bit of supervision in the kitchen!

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  4. Hello there - came here by chance. Nice themed blog, and I suspect we are locals.

    I rather like the sound of porridge cake - anything to fill up our teenagers!

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I think I'm just a few miles down the road from you when you're in Wiltshire! Discovered your blog via Veg Plotting - I did a writing course with VP a few years ago.

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I couldn't let all those porridge oats go to waste now could I!

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  6. When my grandmother was first married, she had no cooking experience. She did something similar to your son's breakfast-making, but with rice. It just kept growing and growing and growing. Finally was turned into a mass of rice pudding, which she shared with all the neighbors in their apartment building.

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    1. Good on your grandmother for not giving up and throwing it away. Bet she was a popular resident in that apartment building!

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  7. The porridge cake does look yum, but I can imagine it not tasting great. I made cookies on the weekend for my lunches this week and thought they would taste great - they contained banana, peanut butter, pecans and oats so sounded good in theory. Unfortunately they came out soft and stodgy - edible but not delicious.

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    1. Your cookies sound good in principle but maybe you and I need to go easy on the oats this week!

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