Love this blog for the author's battle against food waste. This blog offers delicious recipes for almost every leftover food you may have. Like breakfast croquettes made from leftover veggies. Very creative recipes and beautiful photos of prepared foods on this site.
Fight Food Waste -- Love Food Don’t Waste
Hi folks…you still there? I hope so, because I've been a bit pensive lately, a bit meditative, and usually, when I surface from these states, I have a thing or two to share. And where else would I share it but here…a space where no one can interrupt me and I can ramble to my heart’s content. So apologies in advance in case I am a bore!For those of you who are wondering, after this post, my father is a little better, although the general condition has not changed. Right now, all we can do is make sure he is as comfortable as possible. Emotionally I don’t (can’t) really delve too deeply into it all. Not if I want to be able to look after his care efficiently and effectively. I suppose am in a state of “automatic pilot”. I am lucky. I have a family who is supporting each other through everything. Although of course, it can’t be helped, every once in a while, driving home from the hospital at night, or hearing a familiar song, that you feel alone. But I get home and am greeted by the noisy ruckus from my two wild things, and a warm solid hug from my steadfast and stalwart husband, and I am ok. I am beside my dad as I type, having fallen into the steady rhythm of being in a hospital. I watch him in his sleep as maybe he once watched me. Where did the time go? I know it sounds corny and trite and overused, but really, cherish each moment you have and enjoy it to the fullest. Now…I've promised you some practical advice...I wanted to share with you some things I have put together to make use of leftovers (and those odds and ends that lurk in most of our fridges). All of this is part of an endeavor that is close to my heart and that is to fight food waste. By no means am I an expert in this department…I would be a liar if I said I've never wasted food. That being said, fighting food waste has been a little personal project of mine for a while, and it is one that I would like to share with you as well. We could all benefit from learning tips and tricks on how to effectively use leftovers, avoid fruit and vegetables going bad, and using up the bits that we usually toss.Healthy Options, a store I turn to for quinoa, steel-cut oats, and different varieties for flour (and Green & Blacks I confess!) has been running an advocacy campaign for food waste awareness for a year now. It’s called Love Food Don’t Waste. Which really, is something that could have easily come from my own mouth! So when they reached out to me to help spread the word I was glad to pitch in. They have put together some great informational videos on food waste and tips to avoid it. To get started, take a peek on Why We Waste Food. And before the food actually gets to us we should Shop Smart.I've placed other videos below together with my own tips on avoiding food waste.From the photos here, top left onwards:** Love Food Don't Waste: Love Your LeftoversThis is one of my favorite things to do with leftover tomato-based pasta sauce (or any tomato based sauce…even a bit of leftover stew with the meat shredded). You know that little smidge of sauce left in the fridge...too small an amount to make another bowl of pasta from, taunting you, challenging you. Well, this is how to make short work of that last little bit. Heat the sauce in a skillet. I like to add a few extra drizzles of olive oil just to make it a bit rich. When this is hot and bubbling crack an egg in the center. Cook until the egg is done to your liking. Eat straight out of the pan with a couple of thick slices of rustic-looking bread for an awesome breakfast.** My favorite thing to do with leftover steak, which we all know is quite pathetic the next day and can never, short of wizardry, be restored to its former glory. For this, I turn it into fried rice. Leftover steak? A bit tragic. But steak fried rice? Awesome. I like this best started with some fried garlic before adding the steak…and ending with some shakes of Worcestershire sauce. Goes without saying that this makes use of leftover rice as well. If I have some leftover vegetables in the fridge I sometimes toss this in as well. Top the whole mess with a fried egg and a squirt of hot sauce (sriracha is my favorite hot sauce for most kinds of fried rice) and you are more than good to go.** Love Food Don't Waste: First In, First OutSomething I do to avoid vegetables, particularly broccoli, from going bad is to cook them as soon as I buy them, so they are cooked fresh…and then set them aside to use at my leisure. If you are going to consume it in the next couple of days just keep it in the fridge. If it’ll be longer then tuck it into the freezer. This keeps me from finding a tragic piece of broccoli in my crisper at the end of the week. Now you have a nice supply of veggies without having to worry about them spoiling. Use throughout the week in stir-fries, salads, mixed into your baby’s rice (heehee), or in my favorite preparation: tossed warm with your best olive oil and coarse salt…better than popcorn folks!** What I like to do with the older veggiesthat I need to use up is to roast them. Roasting caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables, rendering them soft and sweet and intense and a touch smoky. I just chop up the veg (this works best for vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, capsicums, onions, zucchini, and, as pictured here, eggplant). I then have effectively extended their life for a couple more days, during which I can decide what to do with them. These are good in a salad, rolled or tucked into a pita with a dollop of garlic yogurt, in a rice bowl like this, or tossed with some pasta. If you have roasted eggplant you can also turn this into a dip by processing with some yogurt, garlic, olive oil, and seasoning.For more on fighting food waste you can check the “leftovers” tag on my sidebar. You can also follow me on instagram and check the hashtags #fightfoodwaste and #500daysoffriedrice. For more on Healthy Options Love Food Don’t Waste campaign you can check out their Facebook page or their website.Thanks for sticking around friends! I'll be back soon with more food and other forms of sustenance!
The Wagyu Bacon Giveaway...We Have a Winner!!
How is everyone doing this wet and windy Friday? Another typhoon has hit our shores and, as I've seen report after report on the news, floods abound and power is already down in some areas. Now is the time to stay home and hunker down with your family...or with a good book and a bowl of something extra yummy. Others are not so lucky, so do check out relief operations nearby. I know San Antonio Parish in Makati has already started accepting donations -- just look for this hashtag on twitter:#SanAntonioReliefOpsOn other news, rain or shine, I promised one of you some Wagyu bacon today. And I deliver on all my promises. So without further chitchat the winner of the Wagyu bacon giveaway is...Cheekeegirl!! Cheekeegirl I will be in touch with you through email to sort out the details of how we can get your bacon to you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! For those of you who want to snag some for yourselves just check out Baba's Kitchen -- she has a lot of goodies, not the least being her chili garlic oil, which is dangerously addicting. But that's for another post and another giveaway.Meanwhile, the husband is cooking tonight...his special tuna pasta is almost ready. Little C helped, choosing the noodles (tri-color farfalle that she picked out herself in the store). Work was called off and so was school. For the work-at-home work force though it is business as usual, so the rest of the family is preparing dinner for me tonight. I have a lot to be thankful for, of that I am most aware. So I am off to enjoy C's delicious pasta and all the simple things we sometimes take for granted. I hope you are all safe and dry, and with people who make your life wonderful!
It's Friday....and some bits & things for the weekend!
It's Friday and I'm down with horrid bug. It's been going around these parts, first with the little girl, then with the little boy, and then finally with mama...where it has settled with some vengeance in the form of achy bones and a really painful throat. Not much of a Friday night for certain but I'm burrowing down with my family and that, above all, gives me great comfort.Between managing the sickies and work there hasn't been much time for puttering in the kitchen. As such, I thought I'd share as some of the delicious food (and drink!) I have been enjoying in and around the city. These are by no means the latest hot tickets (I leave that to actual restaurant bloggers) but they are good and I am loving each and every one of them.If you are looking for something to eat or drink this weekend may I suggest these? From top left onwards: ** Crispy sisig at Manam - a cross between sisig and chicharon. For someone like me, who is both a sisig and chicharon lover, this is absolute heaven. Manam is located at Greenbelt 2.** Braised tendon at Peking Garden - Soft, unctuous, and sinfully rich. But strictly for tendon lovers! Rice is a must. Peking Garden is located at Greenbelt 5.** Sloe gin at The Curator - I love having a place like The Curator nearby, where I can go with friends to have a thoughtfully made cocktail and feel like an adult. Sloe gin, introduced to me by a friend, is my current new love. Made with gin and sloe berries it tastes of a sticky prune cake infused with booze. Which is really just up my alley. The Curator is located on the corner of Legazpi and C. Palanca Streets, in Lagazpi Village, Makati (you'll need to go inside Cyrano first).** Fresh ankimo at Tsumura - Ankimo is made of steamed monkfish liver and is, simply put, incredible. I am not too fond of liver but, like foie gras, ankimo is different. It is smooth and luxurious, with a slight hint of the sea. In a lot of Japanese restaurants they use canned ankimo (which is not bad at all, let me just say), but in Tsumura, when the season is right, they have it fresh. It is well worth seeking it out. Tsumura is located at the 2nd floor of 88 Corporate Plaza, Sedeno corner Valero Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati.** Sweet corn agnolotti at Wildflour - If you, like me, like a little sweet with your savory, then you (like me) will love this. Pillows of sweet corn pasta nestled in a creamy sauce topped with prawns and wild arugula. My new favorite. Wildflour is located in V Corporate Center, 125 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.** Órale has re-opened! - My husband is a big fan of Mexican food and Órale is his favorite Mexican restaurant. It has been under renovation for about a month now and he has been waiting with bated breath (and a tad impatiently truth be told). He dragged me, quicker that a fox in a hen house, as soon as we found out it had opened its doors again. We are currently loving the soft tacos (barbacoa and lengua) and the grilled corn (I love corn, what can I say!)...which I had cut off the cob (I'm a lazy wench!) by the kind waitstaff. Órale is located at the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.I also want to add that my Wagyu bacon giveaway is still ongoing. Yes, you still have time to win yourself some decadent Wagyu bacon! Just head over to this post to find out how!Have a wonderful weekend ahead! Armed with medicine, multivitamins, and lozenges I will attempt to do just that as well!
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