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My journey towards a Plastic Free future – part 4

Another update on my progress with waste reduction. This week I’ve been focussing on reducing  what goes into my food waste bin. So I’ve been saving the likes of orange and grapefruit peel and zest, potato peelings and the pulp from my juicer. Some of these are waiting in the freezer still, but so far i’ve enjoyed a nice refreshing cup of grapefruit tea and used orange pulp in my soup. And we’ve had potato peel crisps, apple pulp pancakes and a grapefruit cake. All including stuff that i would have previously just binned.

Zerowaste cooking

Here’s how to make the grapefruit tea and the potato crisps. I won’t be blogging the soup recipe, as most of my soups are just whatever is to hand in the fridge at the time. So this one besides orange pulp, also had some outer leaves from a cauliflower, a carrot, some savoy cabbage, leek, garlic, quinoa, stock and turmeric. But I will try and share the cake and pancake recipes at a later date.


grapefruit tea

Grapefruit Tea

Ingredients

Peel from 1 grapefruit
1 litre water
1 tsp agave nectar

Method

Tear the grapefruit peel into small pieces.
Place in a large saucepan with the water.
Bring to the boil.
Turn off the heat and cover saucepan with lid.
Steep for 1 hour.
Pour into a jug through a sieve.
Stir in the agave nectar to sweeten.
Reheat if desired.
Pour tea into mugs.
Serve and enjoy.

Grapefruit Tea

I did have quite a bad cough at the time I made this tea and found it quite soothing for that too.


potato crisps

Potato Crisps

Ingredients

Peel from potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt

Method

Preheat fan oven to 200 degree centigrade.
Tip the potato peels onto a baking tray.
Drizzle oil over the potato peels.
Sprinkle the salt over the potato peels.
Turn the potato peels several times until they are well coated in the oil, making sure they are spread well out over the tray.
Cook in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, until crispy and starting to brown.
Serve and enjoy.

Potato Crisps

I’ve also been cooking more things from scratch, that I would previously have just bought at the supermarket, which I haven’t managed to find not in plastic. So I’ve baked crackers for the first time and made my own humous, as these are items that we eat a lot of in our household. Recipes to follow in due course.

houmous

#plasticfree crackers

And a few more wins on the packaging side. I’ve discovered Two Farmers crisps which come in compostable packets. I had to order 24 packets online, so they are taking up rather a lot of space in the cupboard, but I’ve since heard that my local zero waste store is going to start stocking them. Result, as I’ll be able to buy in smaller numbers, once we finish munching our way through this lot. The only other product I know in compostable packaging is Wallaroo fruit snacks, so I would love it if you could point me in the direction of any other brands who do this please.

Two Farmers crisps

Also you may have heard me complaining recently about the pointless plastic wrappers on cucumbers. I’ve now found a local greengrocer who stocks baby cucumbers with no plastic. Unfortunately they do work out significantly more expensive, but I had to bite the bullet, as cucumber is son2’s favourite vegetable. I plan to try my hand at growing my own later in the year. Wish me luck with that, as I’m not very green fingered. Overall, I’ve noticed that my grocery bill is definitely higher by me trying to avoid plastic. Luckily I can afford this, but it will be very hard for those on a tight budget.

baby cucumbers

And it is frustrating when things don’t go to plan like the other day when I ordered a cardboard box of wonky potatoes from the milkman. Apparently it was out of stock, so he substituted it with not one but two plastic bags of potatoes. And disappointingly it is not the first time that I’ve experienced a plastic issue as regards fruit and vegetables from the milkman. I ask myself should I buy all my vegetables at the greengrocer instead, but then would they be too heavy to carry, as I walk there. Trying to minimise use of car unnecessarily, so it is a difficult balance to choose between.

There are still quite a lot of products that I haven’t come up with a plastic free answer yet. A few of the key ones for us are cheese, creme fraiche and frozen peas. A friend told me that one of our local butchers stocked large blocks of cheese that you can get a piece cut off. So I duly went along, only to find the cheddar block had already been cut up and the pieces packaged into plastic.

So it is still a bit one step forward, two steps back, but overall I’m happy with the change. And I’d love to hear your eco friendly suggestions and tips please.

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Potato Cake Surprise

My uncle sometimes messages me some very tempting recipe videos from ChefClub. The only difficulty is that they are always in french, have no quantities or written directions, so I have to use guesswork. I’ve adapted this from one called Beignets de pomme de terre surprise. Also I’ve chosen to cook mine in the oven rather than deep frying.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Ingredients (makes 6)

800g potatoes
3 rashers of bacon
100g cheddar cheese
2tbsp plain flour
6 eggs
2 slices of stale bread
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch of mixed herbs

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 degree C.
Line a rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Peel and chop the potatoes.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.
Add the potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile grill the bacon.
Grate the cheese.
Tear the bread into small pieces.
Using an electric blender, whizz the bread into breadcrumbs.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Drain and mash the potatoes.
Mix in the cheese and bacon.
Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
Spread the mash out on the lined baking tray, flattening and pressing into corners.
Put mash in fridge for an hour.
Lift the mash and paper out of tray onto a chopping board, retaining the paper underneath.
Meanwhile grease the baking tray.
Using a circular cutter, cut out 6 circles for the lids.
Reform the remaining mash into a smaller thicker block on the paper and cut out 6 more circles for the bases.
Position the cutter around a base and then press an egg cup down in the middle of the base, to form a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 bases.
Separate the first egg and place the yolk in a cavity.
Repeat for the other 5 eggs, reserving 3 egg whites for later, (The other egg whites are not required, so can be used in a different recipe).
Put the lids onto the bases.
Spread the flour on a chopping board.
Beat the 3 egg whites in a shallow dish.
Tip the breadcrumbs into a second shallow dish.
Coat the first Potato Cake Surprise fully in flour.
Then coat in egg white.
Finally coat in breadcrumbs.
Place on the baking tray.
Repeat the coating process, for the other 5.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, so that yolk is still runny.
Serve with your choice of vegetables.
Enjoy.

Potato Cake Surprise

Potato Cake Surprise

Doesn’t that look so tempting once you cut into it, with the surprise egg yolk oozing out. And it tasted delicious too.

I’d love to hear about your ideas of recipes with a mystery surprise element.

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Chicken and New Potato Hash

When I was a child, my dad used to grow most of our own vegetables, but he never bothered planting potatoes, as he said they would strip most of the nutrients from the soil, so that there wouldn’t be anything left for the following year’s crop. Instead my parents used to buy huge sacks of potatoes straight from the farm which would last us for months. But occasionally when they came into season, my mum would buy some new potatoes from the greengrocer. I loved how the texture and taste always seemed better than the potatoes we ate the rest of the year.

Nowadays we don’t have to wait for the British crop of new potatoes to be in season. Good job as it is the middle of winter. Instead just pop along to the supermarket, where in Tesco, you’ll find Cypriot new potatoes on the shelf in branches nationwide until the end of March.

Cypriot New Potatoes

I received a free £10 Tesco voucher to purchase ingredients including Cypriot new potatoes for a tasty recipe. For me, a new potato is all about the texture, so no point mashing it, making soup or using it in the slow cooker. Instead I’ve opted to boil my new potatoes and then make them into a yummy hash.

Chicken and New Potato Hash

Chicken and New Potato Hash

Ingredients (serves 4)

500g new potatoes
100g frozen spinach
150g mushrooms
2 tbsp olive oil
150g cooked chicken
2 eggs
salt
pepper

Method

Scrub the potatoes to remove any blemishes, no need to peel.
Chop into small pieces.
Allow the spinach to defrost.
Chop mushrooms into quarters.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the potatoes.
Boil for about 10 minutes until just cooked.
Add oil to wok and heat gently.
Add the mushrooms and then the potatoes and stir-fry gently for about 5 minutes.
Mix in the spinach and chicken.
Season with salt and pepper.
Crack the eggs directly into the wok and mix in.
Cook until egg has set.
Serve and enjoy.

Chicken and New Potato Hash

I’d love to hear what is your favourite new potatoes dish?

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Disclosure. This post is an entry into the #CypriotNewPotatoes Challenge with Tesco and Foodies100. It mentions products I purchased using a voucher I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Tuna steaks and mini roast potatoes

Son1 loves tuna cheese melt paninis and tuna mayonnaise sandwiches but he had never tried tuna apart from out of a tin, so I thought it was time to change that by serving some tuna steaks. Son1 liked the idea but requested no seasoning on his.


tuna steaks and mini roast potatoes
Tuna Steaks
Ingredients (serves 3)

3 tuna steaks
oil
coriander seeds
rock salt
pepper
mixed herbs

Method

Crush the coriander seeds, salt, pepper and herbs.
Put the tuna steaks on a chopping board.
Sprinkle on the seasoning.
Drizzle oil over them.
Turn and repeat the last two steps.
Meanwhile preheat a frying pan to a high heat.
Sear the tuna for 3 minutes on each side.
Serve with vegetables and the mini roast potatoes and enjoy.

tuna steaks


mini roast potatoes
Mini Roast Potatoes
Ingredients (serves 3)

600g potatoes
15g dripping

Method

Peel the potatoes and cut into small pieces.
Bring a pan of water to the boil.
Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes.
Preheat fan oven to 180 deg C.
Put the dripping in a roasting tin and heat for a couple of minutes in oven.
Add potatoes to the roasting tin.
Baste with the dripping to coat the potatoes.
Cook for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Serve and enjoy.

Verdict. Son1 enyoyed his plain tuna steak, although a half portion would have suited him better, so these will be featuring in our household again. But he also had a taste of one with seasoning and agreed that was better.  Although I’ll still have to make something different for son2 who isn’t keen on tuna.

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Fish pie

Britmums have challenged bloggers in partnership with the Potato Council to share their Maris Piper potato recipes. Potatoes are naturally fat free as well as a source of fibre and potassium and perfect for family-friendly meals. And Maris Piper is a great all-rounder for chips, roast potatoes or mash

Fish pie is always a favourite in our household. I vary which fish to include. Here is my recipe for a fish pie using salmon and Maris Piper potatoes, which has a lovely fluffy mash topping. A great meal for a healthy smile especially as salmon is a good source of vitamin D, which is critical to your oral health.

fish pie

Fish Pie

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

1kg Maris Piper potatoes
270g salmon
50g frozen sweetcorn
50g frozen peas
25g margarine
25g wholemeal flour
300ml milk
6 peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground bayleaf
1 shallot
knob of butter
1 tbsp milk
2 tsp pesto
30g grated cheddar

Method

Preheat fan oven to 180 degree.
Peel and chop the potatoes.
Peel shallot.
Put potatoes in a large saucepan of water and bring to the boil.
Cook until potatoes are soft enough to mash.
Drain the potatoes.
Add knob of butter and tbsp of milk and then mash the potatoes.
Meanwhile add salmon, 300ml milk, peppercorns, bayleaf and shallot to another saucepan and gently heat for about 10 minutes.
Once salmon is cooked, lift out with a slotted spoon.
Remove skin and flake the fish.
Strain and reserve the liquor, discarding the peppercorns. (I usually save the shallot to eat with my portion).
Meanwhile melt the margarine in a jug in the microwave.
Stir in the flour.
Gradually stir in the liquor.
Return to the microwave and cook on high power.
Stir at 1 minute intervals until the sauce has thickened.
Stir in the pesto.
Meanwhile put peas and sweetcorn in an ovenproof dish.
Add the flaked salmon.
Stir in the sauce.
Cover with the mashed potato.
Sprinkle grated cheddar on the top.
Cook for about 20 minutes in pre-heated oven (180 degree for fan oven)
Serve and enjoy.

fish pie

This post is an entry for the #FluffyMarisPiper Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council. Learn more at bit.ly/18rWnaB

And I’m also entering it into the Simply Health Healthy Smile competition. See which foods to eat and which to avoid for a healthy smile here.

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Tuna and Cheese Floddie

For those of you who are wondering what on earth is a Floddie, it is fried grated potato. My mum used to frequently serve it as the “potato” part of many meat and 2 veg meals when I was a child.  It is a traditional North East regional recipe from where she grew up in County Durham. Also sometimes spelt as Floddy.

I have adapted the recipe into a main meal.  I’m sharing my tuna and cheese version here, but I’ve also cooked other versions such as egg, bacon, mushroom or sausage.

I’m using Maris Piper potatoes, but it works well with other varieties of potato too.

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

500-600g Maris Piper potatoes
100g cheddar
1 medium onion
185g tin of tuna
mixed herbs
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Method

Open and drain the tin of tuna.
Chop the onion.
Grate the cheese.
Peel and grate the potatoes.
Add a tablespoonful of olive oil to a wok and heat.
Add the onion.
Once the onion has softened, add the grated potato.
Keep turning the mixture, to avoid the potato sticking.
Season with herbs, salt and pepper.
Add the tuna.
Add the grated cheese.
Serve and enjoy.

Add the onion

Add the onion

Add the grated potato

Add the grated potato

Add the tuna

Add the tuna

Add the cheese

Add the cheese

Serve and enjoy

Serve and enjoy

This post is an entry for #MarisPiperBritMums Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council for Potato Week 7 – 13 October, celebrating the varieties of potatoes and how we like to eat them. Learn more and find recipes at www.lovepotatoes.co.uk.

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