Friday, 25 October 2013

Food Waste Friday - no use crying over spilt cereal...

This week I wasted a whole packet of cereal. A just-opened box of Daughter's favourite Co-op rice and wheat flakes with red fruits. I knocked it off the work surface and it landed next to the kitten feeding area. To salvage it would have risked contamination with Whiskas or Felix, so we passed up that option.

The kittens were very interested in the clean up operation but weren't tempted by dry cereal. They were probably wondering why anyone would want to eat something not dissimilar to their eco-friendly wood chip cat litter.

Husband gave the fridge a thorough clean out this week; forced into it by the fact that he was becoming scared to look too closely into my carefully saved little bowls of leftovers for fear of finding of something nasty. That meant said leftovers (a few slices of orange here, a fairy-sized portion of veggie chilli there) were composted or fed to the chicken. (Speaking of whom, I'm pleased to say that we've reserved some ex-caged hens through the Hen Welfare Trust who will arrive in mid-November to keep Yoko company and eat our food waste).

I'd been so busy making sure a monster sized courgette/marrow didn't go to waste that I'd overlooked all those small portions sliding past their best in the fridge.

Now that we've got a working oven again, naturally I've mostly been turning that marrow into cake (recipe below). After two attempts it's getting better each time. The recipe uses 400g of marrow, and there's still more to use up. That's one big marrow!

I'm pleased to report some small decluttering progress elsewhere in the house too...a few items to the Oxfam shop and 11 items on Ebay, half of which sold and the other half I've relisted. I'm guessing pre-Christmas is a good time to get the Ebay groove on.

I'm not selling the kittens on Ebay but there have been requests for more pictures so...

They've been honing their instinct for locating a shaft of Autumn sunlight, or the warmth of a just vacated seat. With huge gales forecast in the south of the UK this weekend this could well be an image of the calm before the storm.

Courgette cake
The recipe is gluten free and fat free (other than the oil from the ground almonds)

(from Harry Eastwood's Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache: The ultimate feel-good book of natural cakes that taste naughty)

The cake
4 eggs
200g caster sugar
400g finely grated courgettes
220g rice flour
140g ground almonds
3 tsp baking powder
finely grated zest of 3 lemons (I didn't have any lemons so used the zest of one orange instead)

The icing
50g unsalted butter
2 tsp lemon (or orange) juice
200g icing sugar

(I halved this amount and it was plenty).

Lightly oil the base and sides of three 18cm diameter round cake tins. Line with greaseproof paper or parchment and lightly oil.

Whisk eggs and sugar until pale.

Add grated courgette and whisk. Add flour, almonds, baking powder and citrus zest.

Bake for 30 mins at Gas Mark 4/180 degrees c

Sandwich the layers of cake with jam.

Spread icing on the top. Decorate with hundreds and thousands etc if so desired.

Instead of three layers, I used this amount of mixture to make two layers and 12 fairy cakes.

I am reliably informed that you can replace the rice flour with ordinary flour and the cake still works well.

From experience I can say that coarsely grated courgettes don't work very well, nor does replacing the almonds with more flour (unless you particularly like a stodgy cake)!

Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by
to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. 


  1. So a courgette is a zucchini. It is so interesting that we speak the same language, but really don't. I can see the kittens are getting bigger and starting to lengthen, but I bet they still act crazy sometimes.

  2. Oh, the joys of using up zucchini. Keep fighting the good fight! I have months to go before I have to use up a zucchini glut. I will enjoy those months! Sometimes wonder why I plant them, but they produce SO MUCH food, it seems silly not to..

  3. The kitties are looking very cute - did they pounce on the broom? This week I opened a 2 kilo bag of rice and it broke over the sink. Since the sink was clean I rescued the rice and tried to air it out so it wouldn't be stored damp. Not sure how much made it down the drain, though.

  4. The kittens are getting so big! The zucchini cake sounds really yum too (and I like that it's gluten free).

  5. My fridge can get scary, too, what with the little bits and bobs of things I save. I have an upper shelf that really needs going through, but I keep putting it off ...

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