Did you see it? on the telly box? A bunch of brilliant chefs went to Billingsgate and other markets and got the heads, feet, offal etc from the butchers, packets of food from skips (OOOOOOOOOOH! that makes me cross that supermarkets and shops throw the food away! Give it to the elderly or students, or young families! don’t throw it away!!!!) They also found fruit and veg that was perfectly good but about to be thrown away. They used their common sense and discretion and of course their talents and cooked the food. The menu was uncertain until they sourced the ingredients but they wanted to make the point that we should use this food up and not throw it away!
If you didn’t see it then you can do so here -CLICKETY HERE >> here’s the link to the i-player .
They didn’t need to make a TV programme and drag posh chefs out of their restaurants, they could have visited blog land. We’ve been making banquets out of things in tins, dried up carrots we’d forgotten at the bottom of the fridge, spuds that have sprouted and bananas that have gone black.
I have this principle. Ignore the date on packets!! Lift the lid – look! Can you see mould? No move to step 2. Sniff! Does it smell normal? If so move to step 3? Eat the flootin‘ stuff and don’t throw it away. We always keep dried goods in our cupboards and can conjure up a dip, a burger, a casserole from anything we have.
We know exactly what to do with pork knuckles, with offal (remember my faggots??? ) we know how to make fish stock from heads and tails, we mush up soft fruit into a cake and nothing gets wasted. I am quite happy to eat yogurt weeks past the sell by date if there’s nothing wrong with it; I’ve been known to give cereals a quick bake if they’ve gone soft or to add them to cakes too! As for the cheap pulses we have in the back of the cupboard, we can make soups, casseroles, dips, burgers…………….and on and one.