What do you do with dodgy bananas?

I saw this idea on the web somewhere, sorry I will get better at citing my sources of inspiration. If you have bananas that have seen better days stick them in the freezer. Then when you fancy a banana smoothie take them out,

Frozen bananas

Frozen bananas

don’t worry they looked like that when they went in but perfect on the inside.

I roughly chopped them (not sure that this necessary) and put in blender with 1/2 pint of semi-skim milk. Gave it a good blend and that’s it.

It was a very thick icy smoothie but really nice. My 5yo came back for more so I think that’s a good test!

Banana smoothie

Banana smoothie


Handy tip for reducing food waste.

I’m sure I’m probably not the first to come up with this idea and indeed it has probably entered my subconscious while reading it elsewhere but I was very pleased with the results so I will share anyway. Don’t get too excited, remember I am a person of simple pleasures.

So what I did was… I had a bag of onions and I realised I wasn’t going to use them all before they spoiled so I prepared the whole bag by finely chopping them all in one sitting and have put them in the freezer. So now when I need onions for a recipe they are ready to go straight into the pot. This works brilliantly and better still none of the onions went to waste by spoiling. Win, win!
Frozen chopped onions

Veggie Patch Update

Hello all,
Back on the 28th February I tweeted about the need to begin my veggie patch for the year because my father-in-law had delivered some chitted potatoes and onion sets.
And at last the weather has allowed me to get out in the garden and get the veggie patch underway. A little bit anyhow!
So here’s the progress so far…
The veg patch has been dug over, leaf mould & compost out of my potato bags added,
Veg patch ready 
Garlic cloves planted,
Garlic cloves planted 
Onions set planted,
 Onion sets planted
Started preparing area for new veg bed,
 Start on preparing new veg bed
Lovely hubby kindly did some running repairs on my shed/glasshouse door,
And we had our first visitor, a fat juicy worm!
 Fat worm
So that’s it the work has begun, no rest for the wicked now!

And it begins…

“Frugality – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Frugality is the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the use of consumable resources such as food, time or money, and avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance.
In behavioral science, frugality has been defined as the tendency to acquire goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourceful use of already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal.”