Saving on waste

fruit-and-veg-family1I am not a fan of wasting anything especially food. I have found many tips to prevent waste, here are some –

  1. If I have more veg than I can use I chop them up and freeze for example spring onions, leeks and peppers. Put them in zip bags and freeze.
  2. Freeze all bones chicken, rabbit, even chop bones, just keep adding to the bag until you have enough to make stock.
  3. Freeze mushroom stalks to make soup at a later stage.
  4. Freeze skins off of veg like khlorabi, ends of carrot, outside of celery, to add to soup stock.
  5. Make breadcrumbs out of any leftover bread, then freeze. Can be used to coat meat or fish.
  6. Wash lettuce then dry and put into airtight container with kitchen roll on top, will keep for over a week in the fridge.
  7. Herbs can be dried in the microwave, then put into jars to use as needed, or you can chop them up and freeze in ice cube trays with oil or water depending how you want to use them.

Wheat – free Soda Bread

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This is my best so far. As anyone who is wheat -free will know it is really hard to get anything that tastes like bread, but this soda bread can be toasted,  you can use it with any topping also good for dipping in you soup.

Recipe

makes 1 small loaf or 4 rolls

100g oatmeal

50g maize flour

50g shop bought gluten – free flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp bicarb

1 egg

about 250 ml plain yogurt

Method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients.

2. mix egg and yogurt.

3. add egg mix to dry ingredients.

4. do not overmix, just use a table knife to draw the mixture together, divide into 4 if making rolls.

5. put into a greased bun tin. Brush with some of the yogurt mixed with water.

6. Bake at 190 c for 25 to 30 mins.

Chinyero walk

This is one of the 8 k walks I did on Saturday, spectacular scenery. This walk was done with a guide  “Andy Tenerife Walker” a local professional guide, we did this in partnership with the Tenerife charity “En Pie” a charity that promotes mental awareness issues. On this walk you had the opportunity to talk with Spanish people and try and learn the language. Great day had by all. We ended with a picnic where everyone took what was typical of there country, and we all shared and learned loads. Chinyero was a volcano that last erupted in 1909.

Water Bottle Carrier

Since retiring I have been doing a lot of walking, and because it is very warm here , I always have to carry water. Mostly I carry the bottle of water in my rucksack, but only if I am doing other shopping, so decided I needed a way to attach the bottle to my bum bag or a belt.

This is what I came up with, very easy, 2 pieces of elastic, one longer piece of strap or belt material. Took about 15 minutes to put together and think it will work a treat.

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Oaty apple cake

This is an amazing cake. It is wheat free. I have been having a slice for my breakfast, it is really quite filling and very tasty.

RECIPE

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup apple sauce or any fruit sauce

1 1/2 cups of milk

1tsp vanilla extract

2tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

1 apple chopped

2 cups rolled oats

1tsp baking powder

1tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 degrees.
  2. combine egg, applesauce, milk, vanilla, oil and apple in a bowl.
  3. combine oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in another bowl.
  4. add liquids to solids mix well.
  5. pour into dish, bake for 25 mins.
  6. top with Demerara sugar bake 4 mins.
  7. cut into eight slices.

This cake can be frozen in portions, I wrap them in tin foil. I usually heat mine in micro for about 30 to 40 seconds, and you can add milk or yogurt if you like.

You can use any fruit you like, but I like apples it tastes a bit like apple crumble to me.

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