Tidy Friday and Food Waste Friday disappeared on here for a few weeks but they're back!
The weather got really hot in July and there was food waste overwhelm here. The fresh food was going squishy and mouldy so fast that there was hardly time to photograph or write about it. Just goes to show how unaccustomed we are to prolonged heatwaves and the food waste challenges that the warmer temperature brings.
I thought the sunny weather would be ideal for fast sprout growing indoors, but it was also ideal for drying out sprout seeds and mould spore growing, so a whole batch had to be ditched.
The other real victim of the heat was the bread. Always the bread. Either going mouldy or rock hard.
At some point I read a Love Food Hate Waste tip, that you can refresh a dry loaf by soaking it in water and crisping it in the oven. I haven't tried this yet, but I did soak some bread and freeze it when it became so brick-like that I daren't risk breaking the blender blades on turning it into bread crumbs. It may not sound very delicious but I'm hoping I'll be able to use the frozen bread mush in place of bread crumbs in recipes.
And just when I needed reinvigorating on the food waste front, National Zero Waste Week's theme this year is 'Use it up!', focusing on Food Waste. There's a brand new whizzy website, where you can sign up to pledge your involvement, get ideas and find recipes for using up waste. It's a fantastic resource for anyone who's interested in reducing their food waste and great for those who are already food waste watching to pick up more tips and keep motivated! Don't be put off if you're outside the UK, despite the 'National' part all are welcome. I've added a badge at the top right of the blog which should link you to the website.
My other efforts at decluttering have been going sloooooowly. There's been too much other fun stuff to do! The kitchen had some attention when it became hazardous to open one of the kitchen cupboards without baking trays slithering to the floor and onto your feet noisily. Is reactive decluttering really such a bad thing?! And there have been a few items sold on Ebay and a couple more books have left the house via Green Metropolis book selling website. Is the house a tasteful haven of clean lines and clear spaces yet? Well, no, but I'm trusting in my favourite guiding principle that the (decluttering) journey is as important as the destination...