Resourceful Recipes

Nobody wants to throw out perfectly good food, food just slightly past it’s best with plenty of life in it, or leftovers from other dishes!  Here is our collection of recipe favourites to help us avoid unnecessary waste!

Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts | How to Use Those Extra Yolks

So for every home-made lemon meringue pie that emerges from the kitchen, there’s a bowl of excess egg yolks. These, of course, have to be put to use in a manner befitting the gloriously golden hue of the home laid egg! As major custard lovers, our minds automatically turn to that glorious melange of egg, vanilla and cream and the yummy delights that can be created from that unbeatable combination.

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Let Loose the Juice | Three Ways to Save Your Wrinkly Satsumas from Extermination

I don’t know about you, but I often find buying satsumas, mandarins or clementines a bit of a lottery – sometimes they are delicious and juicy and the kids just romp through them. At other times they are disappointing, tough and destined to a future languishing in the fruit bowl unloved, ignored and ultimately deteriorating.

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You Call it Cake, I Call it Kuchen | A Most Resourceful Fruity Traybake

So it’s my dad’s birthday this week (sadly no longer with) and it is at this time of year that my mind always turns to my childhood memories. My dad was 100% bonafide German, and he loved his food…German food, English food…his life was food! And I am pretty sure this stemmed from the exceptional introduction he had to it as a child. Because my grandmother lived the most resourceful life imaginable bringing up three small boys in a tiny village in wartime Germany.

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Carrot and Coriander Soup | Our Veg Patch Salvage

So it’s coming to the end of the veg patch year for us around September. We are fair weather gardeners with only minimal space to play with, so at this point we have a good ‘root’ around quite literally, to see what we have missed in our daily harvest. Invariably this yields a collection of not quite big enough carrots, who definitely wouldn’t make the supermarket cut, but are perfect for a hearty and healthy soup! One of our favourites, as well as being the simplest to make, any manner of carrot will do! Here is our tried and tested recipe in all its glory!

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A Resourceful Shepherds Pie | Waste Not Want Not

There can be little doubt that a Shepherds Pie is a family favourite guaranteed to result in clear plates! It is literally the only dish I have cooked over the years that all of my daughter’s friends have scoffed without a blink of an eye! Even the ones that have highly tuned microscopic onion detectors tuck in! It is so worth the effort to get clean plates and full tums, and of course no wasted portions for a change!

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Green Tomato Spiced Cake | Deliciously Different

Fancy doing something a bit different with the glut of green tomatoes you have left? Give this tried and tested green tomato cake a go! If like me you are a fan of sticky spiced cakes you will love this. Given the seal of approval from my work colleagues, even converting those who don’t believe vegetables belong in a cake (although most class tomatoes as a salad or a fruit!) gave it rave reviews. It is after all, quite delicious.

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You Say Tomato….How to Make a Delicious Universal Tomato Sauce

We love tomatoes in this house, and would hate to see a single one meet an unfulfilling end. A tomato only goes in the bin here if it can physically walk there. There is just no reason to ever discard such a beautiful, tasty and nutritious fruit. Not only is it full of gorgeous vitamins, but it also contains lypocene, a powerful antioxidant which is said to protect against some forms of cancer. It is full of flavour, adaptable and if you are that way inclined, easy to grow, so we want you to feel the tomato love!

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Broken Biscuit Chocolate Tray Bake

My mum was no baker, so if we wanted something as a treat, we had to make it ourselves! Here is the most kid friendly baking project on the planet. No baking required, and totally scrumptious. And of course, a perfect use for all of those old and broken biscuits.

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