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People! I ate leftover fish.

Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it. Because this often embarrassing practice was so helpful for me, I invited other bloggers to join me in posting their food waste photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

I’m going to tell you about one of my triumphs first this week. Remember how in my menu plan, I told you I made a seafood casserole?

Well, it made a 9×13 pan, which ended up being a lot for the six of us (since some of us aren’t big fans of fish), and about half was leftover.

Leftover fish + me….well, let’s just say we don’t have a very good history.

Unless we’re talking about fish cakes, in which case I am golden.

But I realized that a lot of what went into that casserole was like my clam chowder recipe, so I scraped the now-soggy cracker crumbs off the top, put the remaining casserole into a pot and added enough milk and half and half to make a soup.

leftover seafood casserole soup

It wasn’t quite as good as straight-up clam chowder, but I am pleased to say that the whole leftover portion got eaten. So, the only thing that was wasted were the soggy cracker crumbs.

Now, onto my waste for this week.

The first thing is actually still in my fridge, because I’m wondering if it’s salvageable. These radishes have gotten sort of wrinkly, which just means they’re getting dry, not that they’re rotten. But I’m not too sure what to do with wrinkly radishes, and I’m taking suggestions.

wrinkly radishes

The other thing?

It’s so already in the compost bin.

frozen asparagus

This poor bunch of asparagus got frozen in the fridge, which is partly my fault because I should have cooked it more promptly.

Anyway, not an awful week overall.

And to finish this post off, here’s a photo of my fridge as a nod to Simply Being Mum, who posts her amazingly empty fridge every week.

the frugal girl's fridge

(For the eagle-eyed among you who are wondering…that’s a loaf of homemade bread to the right of the fridge there. It’s just in a reused bread bag from the store. 😉 )

This is really off-topic for today’s post, but I saw that Groupon has My Publisher books available.

my publisher groupon deal

This should be a national deal, so just hop over to Groupon and search for My Publisher.

(This is my favorite photo book service…I wrote more about it right here.)

If you don’t have a Groupon account yet (Have you been living under a rock or something?? 😉 ), go get one (it’s free!) and then you can snag this deal.


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Saturday 1st of February 2014

For the my publisher deal, do you ever see cheaper shipping? A $10 book shipping for $10.99 seems like not suck a good deal even if it is half the price of the original. What do you think?


Monday 3rd of February 2014

Oh, nuts, it's $10.99? Usually with the Groupon/Living Social deals, some cheaper shipping comes with it.


Friday 31st of January 2014

Put your radishes in a dish of water and let them soak for a day. They may revive.


Friday 31st of January 2014

Wanna really freak folks out with those wrinkled up radishes? Saute them. Yup, cook 'em. Rinse them off, cut off the tops and roots, then toss them in a frying pan with a little butter, salt, and pepper. Saute until tender. Absolutely delish!


Friday 31st of January 2014

Someone may have suggested this - but you can soak carrots in cold water in the fridge and they will recrisp up. I wonder if the same could be done with the radishes. If it works I'd be curious to know (if you could post an update). Thanks :)

Katy @ Purposely Frugal

Friday 31st of January 2014

I have some masa I made up for corntortillas. I made some into tortillas and saved the rest for later use...but I have a feeling it's too late now. I also have some chocolate chip oatmeal bread that I made to use up some already cooked oatmeal, but we haven't quite finished it and I think it might need to get tossed.

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