Mess inna Pan or Recipes from the Bottom of the Fridge

As Josh has already mentioned we are having a go at the Guardian Food Waste Challenge.

I’ve shamefully purged our Fridge of non-edible food and will be composting the lot in our hot composter.  I don’t mean tired looking limp vegetables though, I mean leftover curry from two months ago with a deep garnish of mould.  Yum yum! For the next few days we are going to try and not add to that pile and hopefully blog a bit about how we do it.  This will be interesting as we have guests coming for the weekend who don’t necessarily want to be eating nothing but limp carrot sticks.

Scraping the literal bottom of the fridge.

Scraping the literal bottom of the fridge.

So here is my raiding the bottom of the fridge lunch. Or as it used to be called when I was a child… Mess inna Pan.

3 tomatoes

2 green peppers

1/2 a small savoy cabbage

handful of spring onions

1 leftover Venison burger

1 half of a lemon


I fried up the spring onions, chopped cabbage, tomatoes and peppers with some smoked paprika, thyme and a squeeze of lemon.  I shredded the leftover burger and added it to warm through. In another pan I heated some oil and fried off 125g of Gnocchi (I opened a fresh bag but only because the recipe I’ll be using the bag for requires less than a full bag!) to go with it.


Cunningly transformed into edible eating food.

Cunningly transformed into edible eating food.

It was very nice and I would have missed out on eating up the remaining burger if I’d left it much longer.

So 1 meal down and raring to go.

I think our main problems with food waste come down to 2 areas:

1. Making big meals and then forgetting about the leftovers; and

2. Not always eating up all the fruit/veg before it gets a bit tired looking.

We do a lot of composting but I’m sure we occasionally compost edible food and I want to cut this out.

My plan to fix these problems is:

1. Be stricter about portion size when cooking meals and if we are making leftovers have a plan in mind for when they will be used.

2. Since I work from home I should be looking to eat a couple of meals a week which are based on raiding the bottom of the veg drawer.


[The biggest challenge will be the HUGE amount of celery mouldering in the fridge.  I mean, I use a bit of celery here and there but you always get way more than you need and I feel it’s uses are limited. If anyone has a tip for getting through large quantities of celery then spill the beans!]


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