The Leftovers … a sustainable kitchen story

Staring Mom in the kitchen, 1 kg of pasta and a household of fussy eaters.

Our story is set in an urban apartment on an ordinary Monday night.

Scene 1

As usual mom stands before the fridge wondering what to cook. A packet of defrosted mince laughed at her, as she scratched her head.

Another day! Another meal she muttered turning the stove on high and throwing the pan onto the stove .

Within minutes the smell of hot oil and garlic sailed through the home, alerting the family to the supper before them.

An hour later, a fresh bowl of sour cream and cheese pasta was served to the hungry family.

The smell of fresh herbs mixed with cooked mince wafted through the air as each member of the family dished up a healthy bowl of pasta onto their plates.

Supper was served.

Scene 2

The kitchen

Our mom is once again standing before the fridge, asking what to make for supper as she commiserate with moms worldwide cooking for their families.

A familiar blue bowl, full of pasta looked at her, teasing her with the amount still in the bowl.

No way were her family wasting food when so many went homeless and hungry each night.

She whipped out the bowl.

Grabbed a packet of mushroom sauce and some tomatoes. Adding the cut up tomatoes slightly fried in olive oil and drizzling a fresh hot new mushroom sauce she placed the bowl once again for the family to eat from.

For a second time a family of 7 ate to their hearts content.

Scene 3

Mom stands in front of the fridge. As soon as she opens the door the blue bowl of pasta laughs at her displaying half a bowl of uneaten pasta.

Wtf! Thinks our mom, quite distressed at the thought of pasta again.

Her determination to save the world takes hold of her as she channels into her early pioneer spirit.

Grabbing some boerewors , she thinks up a whole new meal for this pasta.

Come hell or high water it will be eaten she mutters under her breath.

Frying the boerewors , she makes a tomato salad and places the last of the pasta into an oven bowl. Carefully she greats cheese on top and throws on a dash of paprika.

20 minutes in the oven and the fresh smell of supper had brought the family downstairs for their meal.

Upon their plates is a pasta bake , tomato salad and large piece of boerewors.

A family once again fed.

Scene 4

Mom stands at the sink washing the evening dishes. On her shoulder sits a little fairy….

Well done mom , you won this round.

Let no leftover try to challenge a mom again.

Mom sighs a happy sigh….


….what to cook tomorow!!!!



Dying your own eggs can be fun and inexpensive.

Each year since the bears were small I’ve made what I call dinosaur eggs. Hard boiled eggs that we crack the shell slightly after boiling and leave in food colouring for a few minutes. The result is amazing we all enjoy peeling the messy shell of to reveal a marbled egg.

Last year I posted how to dye your Easter eggs and how it helps to use a whisk.

This year I thought I’d try something new with the kids and use natural dyes to colour our eggs.

How to make natural dyes.

You can use most common foods and spices to make dyes.

Here’s a list of common dyes and their expected colours….

Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange

Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow

Red beets = Pink to red

Red onion skins = Pale purple to red

Red cabbage = Blue

Spinach = Green

Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender

Coffee (use as is) = Tan to brown

Chili powder = Orange

Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple

Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green

To make your dye

To make the dye you will need 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits or vegetables or 4 tablespoons of spice.

Boil this in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

Let that simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain out the bits of fruits or vegetables. The remaining liquid is your dye.

Place your hard boiled eggs into the dye to soak overnight.

Each batch will differ in hue.

Build with Wimpy

I’m not sure about your kids but when my older brood were younger there was no choice in what food they preferred when we treated them to a take away meal …it was all about who had the best toy.

Regulations have changed over the years and there us no longer such a wide variety of plastic toys with your kiddy meals.

But we have discovered the educational toys and products offered by Wimpy are usually great.

I especially love the new boys and girls mini Lego kits . After all you can never have enough Lego!

Listerosis … source found

The Department of Health and Safety issued a press release today announcing the source of the deadly Listeriosis virus.

You can read more about the disease here.

It was revealed that the source of Listeriosis is from the Enterprise company and many meats are in fact contaminated and being recalled.

This report by highlights the facts we as consumers need to know. issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

” Food safety is of paramount importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food seriously.

Woolworths has a team of food scientists and technologists who proactively manage food safety, in addition to our independent food safety testing and auditing, to prevent microbial contamination of food. This testing includes Listeria.

Following the recent announcement by the Department of Health on the source of the Listeriosis outbreak, and as an additional precautionary measure, we are recalling a limited number of viennas and cold meats.

Customers who have any of the listed products, should return the products to their local store for a full refund

A list of recalled lunch meat, sausages and other products was listed for recall.

Mammas I for one won’t be rushing out to buy any processes meat anytime soon.

Oh my goodness yogurt

The infamous Gordon Ramsay and his daughter Matilda have developed a healthy range of children’s meals exclusively for Checkers.

A full range of meals and snacks to keep your growing children healthy.

With no added MSG, artificial sweetners,colours or flavours you can conveniently prepare a meal or pack a healthy snack secure in the knowledge that your child is getting all of the goodness and none of the junk.

Little bear takes 2 yogurt to school daily and the Oh my goodness range is one of his favourites.

Made from full cream milk, real fruit and vegetables and NO artificial colours and flavourants.

Each pack contains

  • Strawberry & beetroot
  • Banana & sweet potato
  • Peach and pumpkin

The perfect way to disguise veggies from a picky eater.

Little Bears favourite is the strawberry and beetroot. ( mamma quite likes it too )

So, take the thinking out of shopping and treat your children to some healthy meals and snacks on the go.

For more information

Orange chocolate pudding faces

Orange Chocolate Pudding faces

Makes 8 servings

¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
9 oranges, washed and dried
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup cornstarch
4 cups whole milk, divided
½ cup semisweet-chocolate chips
4 pretzel sticks, broken into halves

1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and salt. Zest 1 orange directly into the pan; reserve the orange for another use. Add the cocoa powder and cornstarch and whisk until combined. Still whisking, slowly add 1 cup milk. Whisk until it is smooth.

2. Microwave the remaining 3 cups milk until warm, about 2 minutes. Whisk into the cocoa mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 2 minutes, still stirring. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

3. Meanwhile, cut ½ inch off the tops of the remaining eight oranges. Reserve the tops. Place 1 orange on a cutting board. Run a small knife around the edge of the orange, angling the tip of the blade toward the centre while rotating the fruit, to release the flesh from the rind without cutting through the bottom. Scoop out the flesh and save for another use. Repeat with the remaining oranges.

4. With a black permanent marker, draw faces onto the oranges. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut out the stem centres from the tops. Insert a pretzel-stick half into each top.

5. Uncover the pudding and whisk until smooth. Divide among the orange cups. Place the tops back on the oranges.