From manky to marvellous.

Hello Dear Reader,


I eat manky vegetables! I simply cut off the slimey, manky, even mouldy bits and eat the rest. My cauliflower looked brown and manky in the bag and was eleven days past the best before date! I ignore sell by and best before dates and trust my instincts. As you can see, the inside of the cauli was fine. 

Equally, the carrots were ready for the Antiques Roadshow but they were pulled out the the ground last year and have been in CO2 storage for months on end and they can last a bit longer. They’d got a bit wet at the bottom of the fridge and the ends were ‘going’ but I resurrected the rest. I peeled them and grated them and they were fine.

The lettuce was brown and starting to stick to the bag. I cut off what I didn’t like the look of. 

Inside, it was fine!

The carrots became carrot cake muffins. 8oz of SR flour, eggs, sugar and marg beaten together, with a teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg, also the grated zest of one orange, plus one very large grated carrot. Spoon into cake tins and bake for about 30 minutes at 180. I ate the orange!

Here’s the result. Cauliflower cheese, with salad and crusty bread. 



 Grated carrots are great with salad and some dressing. (3 tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a sprinkle of salt and shake in a jam jar with the lid on)



All over the world, people have no choice of what they ate today, if they ate at all. I ate well and we’ve some lovely cakes to eat over the coming week. I’m now stuffed and ready to walk to the other side of Liskeard and watch the Olympic torch come through my town. I’ll have photographs to share tomorrow.




Until tomorrow,


Love Froogs xxxx

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20 thoughts on “From manky to marvellous.

  1. I was so shattered when we got back from our outing I changed our menu. I had some spiced smoked sausage in the fridge, diced it up. 4 eggs, pepper and salt and a tablespoon of cold water. beat up the eggs.

    Prepared 2 plates with salad and stuck them in the frdige.

    Melted some butter in the Remoska, poured in the eggs, chucked in the sausage and stuck the lid on, then sat down for half an hour.

    Smoked sausage fritatta and salad. delicous…….OH is doing banana and ice cream for dessert.

    I never thought of having cauliflower cheese with salad. I usually do cauliflower and broccoli gratin and we have it with baked tomato and baked potato all cooked in the oven at the same time.

    Thank you for the message!!

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  2. We are the same. I made us vegetable and lentil soup for lunch, the carrots were quite manky, the rest of the veg were sprouting leaves! Tasted lovely with the addition of some curry paste.

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  3. You and me both. We have a nose, and as long as we have a good sense of smell, (my husband doesn't have a sense of smell)we can tell if something is off. I use bendy carrots, potatoes that have taken on a life of their own and I cut the brown and black bits of the cauli! I don't use Broccoli if it has gone yellow though – not nice at all!! In the winter I make Manky Vegetable Casserole. But did you know you can freeze carrots onions peppers and Garlic? Slice finely, bag and and freeze what you would use, so if you use two carrots per meal only bag two carrots. Sometimes I have the odd half onion chop it finely and freeze add the garlic to the onion and freeze together. Pepper I finely cube because I prefer them that way but you can slice them. Onions and peppers are great for stir fries, Spanish omelettes etc. but the carrots are good for roasts to casseroles!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  4. I do the same as you. Like my mum & gran before me, I use my eyes and nose & common sense to judge if food is safe to use or not.
    By the way, if you liberate your veggies from their plastic prison before you stow them in the fridge they keep better for longer.

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  5. Hey Froogs, today I made the Lasagne we did the other day, hidden carrots, onions and peppers! It's going in the freezer for next week.
    Photo on my Blog.

    I also did us the Carbonara for tea, my DH declared it was much than the packet stuff!! I'm still glowing. I have said thank you yet? Thank You.

    Your food today looks great too.

    Arwedd xx

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  6. Hello Froogs
    I have an allotment so my vegetables are 'real'; mis-shappen, dirty, nibbled, ugly and amazingly without a best before date! And they taste all the better for the effort required to produce them and turn them into delicious meals. How did the human race survive before labels? Please keep the ideas coming, you are an inspiration. Wonderful news about your daughter. Odette x

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  7. Hello Froogs
    I have an allotment so my vegetables are 'real'; mis-shappen, dirty, nibbled, ugly and amazingly without a best before date! And they taste all the better for the effort required to produce them and turn them into delicious meals. How did the human race survive before labels? Please keep the ideas coming, you are an inspiration. Wonderful news about your daughter. Odette x

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  8. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I have left you a reply over there.
    Agree and do exactly as you do with manky veg (got into the habit from my dad who was born in the 20's) waste not want not, just cut the mouldy bits off.
    Have a nice time in lovely liskeard tonight. Wish I was there.

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  9. Agree with you and most other commentors on this post- I too use my instincts with food- my sister was amazed when she visited last with how little I throw away. She also said she enjoyed the food just wouldn't trust herself to do it <>

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  10. Hey Froogs, looks yummeh! My friend and I both make manky veg soup and we both swear it tastes better than if made with fresh rigid stuff!! We do call it manky veg soup too!
    Rachel x
    Ps love reading your comments too 🙂

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  11. Yeah, some of the stuff is not even ripe when the “best before” date comes round.

    Dinner today was some chicken thigh fillet that I found in the bottom of the freezer, July 2011, and it would bo on the last day when I put it there. Slow cooked with a couple of chicken stock cubes (Tesco basic) and an onion (Approved Foods about 4 months ago, string bag half full and all still OK), and served with cauliflower (14p comdemned by Tesco)cheese. Must be cauliflower cheese day)

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  12. Me too – I always just cut off any manky bits. Yesterday we had “manky” salad – white cabbage that had gone black on the outside, past the sell by rocket and peppers with a dressing made using olive oil, honey and balsamic vinegar – it was delicious!

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  13. You might find with the muffins that switching to Plain flour and adding a tbsp of baking powder makes them rise better – I've used this method for ages and mine try to escape from the paper cases now!

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  14. Hi Robyn, thanks for the advice, but the objective of my cooking is 1. fill bellies, 2. use what I have and I don't have baking powder, nor would I buy it. I appreciate the advice.xx

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