Monday, 2 September 2013
And here it is. Zero Waste Week 2013 has finally begun.
And I'm joining in, starting with a Monday morning excavation of my fridge, freezer and cupboards in a mission to use up the contents and create zero food waste.
Many like to call it an audit - but for me it's more like an archaeological dig, especially when it comes to the freezer. For instance this morning's expedition uncovered a leg of lamb, chicken breasts, fish steaks and a mysterious lasagne whose packaging I used for a radio broadcast earlier this year and accidentally recycled afterwards - oops.
And as for the fridge, as you can see my haul has revealed a cacophony of pleading fruit & vegetables, wailing at me to use them up first to create a veritable feast.
But the most miserable looking felons that have been imprisoned in the fridge for far too long are those poor fruity yoghurts - still unopened and, ahem, past their use-by date - and all because their biggest fan has gone off them. In other words, he's become yoghurted out and being too busy, I hadn't noticed.
But I refuse to waste them without further investigation, and with my disclaimer of 'Don't try this at home' and looking all 'innocent-faced', I shall be delving deep with my exploration tools, i.e. a spoon. I will of course take full responsibility for my actions.
It's also probably time to confess too that even after 5 years of talking rubbish, I am still absolutely crap at planning. All that food hasn't been bought for a recipe. Instead I shop with my imagination, buying things that I know I can make use of and blend with various herbs and spices.
So when I look at the ingredients above, I can already see a sweet and sour chicken balti, a fish pie, fruit smoothies, roasted vegetables and possibly a green salsa.
But that's all very well when my imagination is working on full power, However when you're tired and busy, culinary creativity can be buried deeper than that leg of lamb in the freezer. Then Beans on Toast becomes the highlight of the day.
That's why Zero Waste Week provides a good kick up the backside to put great food back on the table of priorities. And after dragging the contents of my kitchen out into the open, I can already see that I won't need to go shopping this week, except for perhaps a top-up of cereal and some bagels.
Well that's a turn-up for the cook book.
So are you joining in the latest chapter in this Rubbish Revolution and committing to feed your belly not the bin?
Yes? Oh goody! See www.zerowasteweek.co.uk for more info.
And if you tweet, don't forget that #zerowasteweek is the hashtag. Wouldn't it be great if we could get that trending this week.
Well here's to the launch of Zero Waste Week.
I'll see you later, well that's if I survive the yoghurt and those dodgy looking plums that accidentally froze at the bottom of the fridge.
And as for that month-old leek, I shall be asking Mr C exactly what his intentions were when he bunged it in the trolley.
That one's his responsibility.