Friday, October 18, 2013

Food Waste Friday and True Food Confessions--Oct. 18, 2013

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money. Also, I am using this public forum to encourage us to eat out less which includes better meal planning. You can follow how we are doing in this endeavor by reading True Food Confessions.

This Week's Food Waste

A tomato

We were the lucky recipients of tomatoes recently from my father-in-law. However, one of them didn't make it longer than a day before it turned black. The rest will become part of some pasta sauce tomorrow. (At least that's the plan.)

This Week's True Food Confessions

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My confession for this week is that I am really messy in the kitchen. Messy, as in, food on the ceiling messy. While I'd like to say that when I cook, I measure carefully, clean as I go, and never spill anything, I really can't. Mostly I'm good, but sometimes things get away from me. When I was a kid, my sisters teased me about how messy I was when I cooked and that annoyed me. Just because the pressure cooker blew its safety valve and its contents all over the walls and ceiling during my watch didn't necessarily mean that I was messy.

However, maybe there was some truth in what they said. I do knock things over more than I would like and sometimes I do something really stupid like I did last night. While using our portable mixer, the cord came out. Instead of turning it off and plugging the cord back in, I just plugged it back in. Of course, that immediately started the beaters, which were out of the bowl, and caused butter and eggs to fly everywhere--all over the counters, the walls, me, and yes, some on the ceiling. Boy, did I feel foolish. And boy, I did I have a big mess to clean up. However, I was able to finish the dish,  pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies. At least that's what they started out to be. Recipe coming soon for this delicious treat.

Spinach asparagus soup.
On the eating front, we had sandwiches from last week's roast chicken and spinach-asparagus soup made with broth from the same chicken. We also had veggies with guacamole dip and pizza. In addition, we enjoyed fresh tomatoes and cottage cheese. Last weekend we went out to a Mexican Restaurant when we visited my father-in-law. This is somewhat of a family tradition and the males especially look forward to the huge burritos they have. In fact, one of the restaurant slogans is "Voted the biggest burritos in town,"  which never fails to amuse Wally. 

I really have to start taking more pictures of our food because our eating is getting fuzzy in my mind. It's hard to be accountable when you're not paying attention.  Need to nip, nip it in the bud. (Does anyone remember Barney Fife saying that?)

Until next week...