I was always a big campaigner for preventing food waste, but it became more important during lock down. So when I saw 4 sad apples in my fridge going a bit soft I knew I had to do something with them.
I also found some nuts in my cupboard expiring soon, so I incorporated them into the mix.
4 apples, diced
45ml golden syrup
100g walnuts, ground
100g sugar – optional
Small amount of water and butter
Place the diced apple in a pan and cook with the golden syrup and water and butter over a medium heat until soft.
Place the walnuts in a food processor and grind
Add the walnut grounds and oats to a bowl
Add the sugar to the walnut/oat mix if using
Place the soft apple mix into the food processor and mix to a puree
Add to the oat/walnut mix and combine all together
Press into a greased square baking tin
Cook at 180 degrees for 20 minutes
I’ve been making a few things this week which I didn’t really feel were special enough to dedicate a post to on their own, so I’ve decided to combine them all in one.
I have some sad looking potatoes and onions, so by adding spinach I made these potato and spinach cakes.
I cut about 3 big potatoes into tiny pieces, boiled them, then mashed them and left to cool. Whilst that was going on I was wilting the onion and frozen spinach in a pan with some butter, and eventually added to the mashed potato. I added a bit of wholegrain mustard and chilli, 2 slices of bread worth of breadcrumbs, and 2 eggs. I mixed them into about 7 patties, and then baked them in the oven.
I also had most of a bag of carrots looking sorry for themselves, so I made carrot, ginger and coriander soup. Just soften some onion in a pan with butter, add the carrot then add about 1 litre of vegetable stock and cook until the carrots are soft. Add some coriander and then blend and divide into four portions.
Finally, frozen yogurt.
This was made more because I had some soy yogurt about to go off. For the banana frozen yogurt I blended 250ml of yogurt with 2 frozen bananas in a food processor, adding some cinnamon to the mix. For the strawberry frozen yogurt it was 200g frozen strawberries plus cinnamon and 250ml soy yogurt, also blended in a food processor. What I did was place them in tubs and then put them back in the freezer to go solid.
There you have it, three quick things to do with leftovers. Waste not want not!