Wednesday 29 May 2019

Down to Basics - Clearing the Fridge

Any Challenge that involves eating up your supplies of food has to begin by clearing the fresh stuff.  Making the best use you can of everything that is in a fridge or cool place.  With this in mind we have mostly been concentrating on eating up any short dated things in the fridge.  Of course if this was a Challenge of saving things or making them last for as long as possible then I would be cooking and freezing things, but this time I want to use them up not move them from one place to another.

So we have carefully been going through things in date order until today when I have pretty much finished up the last of the fresh things in a few recipes.

First I made some 'Red Pasta Sauce' using the ingredients in the photo above, and listed in this hastily scribbled recipe from last year.  Simply chop the veggies, sprinkle over the chilli flakes and a drizzle of oil and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Then whizz up in a Nutribullet or blender with enough milk to make a runny sauce.

When I'm cooking it later I'll add a teaspoon or two of Cornflour and a tablespoon of Nooch,and pour in my cooked pasta or spaghetti.

That's my tea sorted then.

Next I wanted to use up this roll of previously frozen Puff Pastry from the fridge.  I got it out of the freezer over the weekend and then forgot to use it!

I decided on a Potato, Cheese and Onion filling for some pasties using two thirds of the pastry.

And then added a couple of teaspoon of this Chilli and Onion Jam for a bit more moisture.

A blurry photo ...but this is my pasties resting in fridge.  

I'll cook them in a few minutes and will have one or two for my lunch, and then one for lunch before I head to the Van in a couple of days ... if it lasts that long  ;-)

The other third of the pastry was used to make a couple of Apple Tarts.

Simply squares of pastry with cooked apple slices on, using the last three wrinkly apples from the bottom drawer of the fridge.

I simply couldn't resist and had one warm from the oven with a cup of coffee.

So that's the last of the apples gone, we now only have tinned fruit and will make do with that before buying any fresh fruit.

I do like to see a clear fridge  😃

Sue xx


  1. You're doing really well with using everything up, Sue. Frozen puff pastry is so useful to have, isn't it? The apple tarts look scrumptious.

    1. I love having some frozen pastry in, I always look out for it in the Reduced to Clear fridge when I'm in the supermarket. Those Apple tarts are gorgeous ... thank goodness Alan is away and I can have them both :-)

  2. Ypur posts make me feel so hungry, everything looks and sounds delicious!

    1. It was a successful day in the kitchen, everything turned out really well.

  3. I love using puff pastry dough to make my pasties. Yours look wonderful.

    God bless.

  4. Looking at your glorious creations, I think it is time that I bought some puff pastry to check it out!


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