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?|