Friday, 5 April 2013

BYO food waste Food Waste Friday!

When Sue, who blogs at Our New Life in the Country, pictured this book, which she picked up in a charity shop on her recent holiday... reminded me that I picked up the very same book in a charity shop during my summer holiday last year. I haven't read it cover-to-cover, and I'm already familiar with lots of the tips, but there are a few new ideas and I've always thought it might be useful for inspiration if I ever start suffering from bloggers' writing block.

After reading Sue's blog post, I dipped into the book at random and found Tip No. 198 which is 'Don't overspend on dinner guests - If you're trying to live on a tighter budget, then don't spend too much money on making meals for people when they come round for dinner. The most jubilant responses I've ever got from dinner guests was by serving them a really good shepherd's pie or a roast dinner with crisp roast potatoes, roast parsnips and yourkshire puddings.'

That might have been useful advice for us this week when we have had guests to stay for a few days. Aunty and her daughters are model guests though. They have made it almost impossible to overspend on meals by arriving with their own food waste to contribute to meals, and chipping in with various goodies that they have purchased whilst they have been here!

They arrived bearing half a leftover love heart cake, amongst other things!

With all the fun-filled family time together the food waste accounting has been a bit more chaotic...

I know for sure that four children polished off all the fairy cakes:

And I know that the chickens have been busy polishing off a little more leftover supper and breakfast cereal than usual:

A vegetable finger and cornflakes!

But aside from that, it's all a bit hazy! We all need a break from strict food waste accounting once in a while!

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. We were invited to dinner this week, and had BRILLIANT shepherds pie, and then some leftover simnel cake. But combined with the conversation and good company, it was a SUPERB evening [Who needs expensive 'gourmet' ingredients?] x

    1. Great! We've lived on simple meals with our guests this week (chicken and noodles, sausages and mash...) and I hope it hasn't detracted from their experience!

  2. The best kind of guests--the one's who arrive with food!

  3. They were fantastic guests, all round, and the house felt rather empty yesterday when they'd gone. :-(