Change the World Wednesday – 5th Feb

Running late today.

Yesterday Brazil had a power cut affecting the south and west of the country, including here. Power was out for over an hour.

diskdrive

I hate disk drives

That’s not the tricky bit. When I got home and turned the PC on it didn’t want to connect with my backup drive and after repeated attempts, I gave up. Today I had another fiddle and after a couple of hours and lots of coffee managed to recover it. So all is well… until the next time. But I am creating another backup disk just in case.

Yesterday was also a stupendous 45ºC (112ºF), humidity was very low, so I was drinking lots of water, today is a cooler 41ºC. We are due for this heat wave until the 15th, so another ten days.

No more guava, plenty growing, but no ripe ones.

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Let’s get on with this week’s CTWW.

This week, monitor food portion sizes and cook accordingly. Even if you are cooking once for more than one meal, pay attention to portions and resist cooking more than necessary, which often leads to waste. Need help determining portion size? There’s more… Click on the banner for the full challenge.

Living alone this can be a tough one. I buy my meat in meal-sized portions, but when it comes to veges you can’t buy half a lettuce. I wish I had the ground available to grow more of my own. I buy a lettuce, and by the time I have used half, the rest is ready for the compost.

I rarely buy pre-prepared meals, so portions a not a great problem there. And the odd time I get a delivered pizza, I eat half one day, and the rest the next day.

FeijoadaAs a chef, I have a pretty good idea, how much I need of something to make one meal. Sometimes I make several lots, for example when I make feijoada (Brazilian black bean dish) I make it the day, then pack six portions in old marg containers for the freezer; thaw and reheat later.

So I pretty much do this challenge as a matter of course.

I hate throwing food out. When I do, it makes me cringe.

 

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I too have trouble eating up produce quickly enough now that I live alone.

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    • >Lois, that I understand.

      AV

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      • Posted by smallftprints on February 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Even with two of us in the house, produce is a challenge. Some of it freezes nicely. But other stuff, like lettuce, doesn’t keep. I have learned, though, that lettuce can be used in different ways. For example, when I make a stir fry, I put a generous amount of chopped lettuce at the bottom of the bowl. The heat of the stir fry wilts it slightly but there’s enough crunch to add a nice texture variety to the dish. I’ve also tossed finely chopped lettuce into soups and other cooked dishes. Since it doesn’t have a strong flavor, it seems to work nicely.

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      • Interesting notes on lettuce use.

        AV

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