It might look like nice fresh homemade bread but it's old and rock hard.
There is an excuse; Daughter had 6 teeth out last week in preparation for orthodontic work, so that was one person less eating crusts, and the food waste shows it. I was so busy warming up soup, serving yogurt, mixing salty mouthwash and administering pain relief, that I forgot to do anything useful with them so they're currently soaking ready for the chickens. The Food Waste Friday blog post here and the comments following it have lots of useful ideas about what to do with leftover bread.
When Daughter tired of eating soft white rolls, there were even some of those getting drier and older, but by then my nursing role had eased off and I was able to turn them into a bread and butter pudding. The chickens are not laying very reliably at the moment so it was a bread and butter pudding without eggs. I found a vegan recipe to base mine on, which used good old Bird's custard instead. It wasn't quite as light and crispy as an eggy bread and butter pudding but it was palatable.
The other surprise entry into the food waste charts was an orange and some satsumas. They have featured before but since I've been using these (another Christmas present)...
...there hasn't been much fruit waste. 'Fruit and veg savers' are round paper sachets, filled with something compostable that discourages the production of ethylene, thus slowing down the rate at which fruit ripens and then rots. When I checked what was going on with the three mouldy fruits, I found that the sachet currently in use was 10 days past the date when it should have been replaced by a new one. Either that accounts for the withered up fruit, or they have joined the bread crusts in a symbolic representation of old age for my birthday.
The big orange was salvageable and was squeezed and frozen ready for a birthday cheesecake this weekend. I'm hoping that may be metaphorical too; there's life in this old fruit yet!
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.
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