Reduce-food-waste Quiche with anything

reduce food waste Quiche with anything

Food waste. It has been a while since I have ranted about this issue. So it’s time to write a little about it, right? It needs to be written about because the amount of food we are wasting in the western world is horrible.

Food waste infographic

Those figures are just freaking bizarre. We must all do something about it. Me too, because I’m far from perfect. Therefore I’m constantly looking for new strategies to reduce the amount of food that slides down into the waste bin. One thing I use to do every week is to make an inventory in my fridge. I’m looking for food that starts approaching its expiration date and trying to compose a meal of it.
It’s good for two reasons.

  • I find food in time before it becomes inedible.
  • I find food that already is inedible.

The second reason is almost as important as the first. It’s distressing to find fuzzy stuff in the refrigerator unless it is a blue cheese.

In last weeks inventory, I found a piece of sweet potato, some feta cheese, a jar half filled with olives, some scallions, and one tomato.
The tomato was a bit soft and the sweet potato looked somewhat tired, but I decided to use it anyway. The rest of the food items were not in such a critical state, but they wouldn’t stay fresh for so much longer. I paid special attention to the feta cheese, but finally, I decided that it was OK.

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Ceasar salad with marinated fried shrimps

Ceasar salad

Does a Ceasar salad has to contain chicken? Not at all. The original salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924, and you know what? It contained neither chicken nor anchovies. Ceasar Cardini is said to be the one who invented the dressing. He was an Italien immigrant who operated restaurants both in Mexico and the USA. Many in Ceasar’s staff claimed, however, that they were the real inventor.

Of course, there’s a legend attached to this dish. The restaurant was running low on supplies during a busy weekend. A minor catastrophe with other words was lurking around the corner. Ceasar didn’t want to disappoint his customers and concocted the salad with what was on hand. The rest is food history.

In this recipe, I have chosen to serve the salad together with marinated fried shrimps. I will not claim that the dressing is made according to the original recipe. But I think I can call it a Ceasar salad. It’s close enough.

I’m living in the inland, so it’s sometimes hard to get fresh shellfish. So I had to content myself with frozen shrimps. But that’s OK as long as they are raw. Just thaw the shrimps slowly and carefully in the refrigerator, and you will hardly notice any difference.

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