If We Had A Lemonade… Sunday 19th, September 2021

If We Had A Lemonade

Hi there, sorry I am not capeable of writing much private stuff today. It was my husband’s 60th birthday yesterday and we had a party.

But the lovely Natalie invited us to her #WeekendCoffeeShare and I simply cannot resist it. So please come in have a lemonade, tea, coffee or hot chocolate and have some left-over birthday cake. Sorry. I do not like to throw away left-overs so here we go 🙂 . It’s a lovely chocolate cake though 😉

Three Lemonades on a Table
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I have to admit that I am sometimes a little like the old blokes from the Muppet Show:

video source: The Classic Muppet Show Clips and Episodes via YouTube

When I hear how much food is thrown away nowadays I am absolutely appalled. You wouldn’t want to hear my comments from my sofa balcony. My grandmother cared a lot for us when I was a child. She was of the war generation in Europe and her experience of being hungry all the time as a teenager made her use up every single scrap of food that was at her disposal. I remember how appalled I was when she fried up a sausage that had a slight green tinge and smelled rather funny. They had experienced that it didn’t make them sick when it was fried up and it would have been considered a sin to throw it away.

Her curious behaviour had the side-effect though that she saved an awful lot of money on food as for example, her Sunday roast lasted at least for another one or two meals. And that is not because she made such huge meals on a Sunday but she fried up the leftover potatoes for breakfast or made a soup with the rest of the vegetables and meat. I remember that one of my favourite meals as a child was fried-up leftover pasta with egg and whatever meat or vegetables were left thrown in.

And I have to admit that I am glad that I was brought up like that because food waste is one of the biggest greenhouse gas sources today. The WWF assumes that we could save 6-8% of all greenhouse gas emissions if we’d stopped throwing away food. They also give some great advice here

https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/fight-climate-change-by-preventing-food-waste

on how to avoid it.

No, I certainly do not eat sausages with a green tinge. Mainly because we are Vegetarians LOL. But I believe that you can go too far with your food waste saving. But on the other hand, I also believe that many of us lost a lot of common sense when it comes to food and cooking. I feel many of us are so brainwashed by advertisements about how dangerous the germs are in the kitchen and how difficult it is to cook that we lost all ability to figure out some things for ourselves. And the ability to simply try stuff. But I also feel many of us have lost a lot of knowledge. And we are simply not told what’s what:

video credit: Knowable Magazine via YouTube

Knowledge isn’t only power. It is also saving money and saving the planet and that is certainly a good thing to have, don’t you think?

Webmd on How to avoid food waste

WEF on How to avoid food waste

Please, have some more of your favourite beverage and some more cake and let’s talk food waste: Do you do food waste? Does it bother you? But we can also simply chat bout how your week went 🙂

This post takes part in Nathalie The Explorer’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. You can find her post for this week here and many more chatty posts in the comments.

Happy food-waste-saving

and remember:

You can do it!

Liz

2 thoughts on “If We Had A Lemonade… Sunday 19th, September 2021

  1. Ashley says:

    I generally try to minimize food waste, but something that’s been a problem for me is buying ingredients intending to cook something with them, and then depression gets in the way and I just can’t be bothered cooking.

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