food

Cooking inspiration – food going bad. / Kui toit hakkab halvaks minema.

I have to be honest with you. My biggest cooking inspiration really is the food that will expire soon.

When I open up the fridge and notice that something is on the verge of going bad or its best before date is today then I feel the need to save this food.

I think it is largely due to my upbringing. My mom taught me to use up everything (and in fact not only food!). I have actually lived at the times when we got sugar for coupons only and when the shelves of the food stores where literally empty. So I think that it makes sense that you do not waste food.

Being a lazy cook it actually helps me when I see that I absolutely need to use some ingredients or otherwise I’ll have to throw them away.

Maybe I should add that in Estonia we use a lot of fresh ingredients and many of them do not contain any preservatives so you can only keep this stuff for a few days.

What do I usually have in my fridge?

I keep the sunscreen in the fridge, so there’s always that… I try to make sure that I always have milk (for coffee), eggs, butter (for baking) and cheese (for sandwiches). Estonians use a lot of sour cream. We eat it with everything! When sour cream needs to be used up I bake a cake with it.

I always have to have black bread, too. Estonians mostly eat the black rye bread. I like it with butter and cheese. When the black rye bread is past its best before date I fry it in the frying pan with some oil and then spread fresh garlic and salt on it. Garlic bread is very popular in Estonia.

When we have white bread and its best before date is due I soak it in a mixture of eggs, milk and sugar and fry it in the pan.

But of course once in a while I make proper good food from fresh ingredients. I will also post some photos to prove it.

Still I encourage everybody to keep an eye on what you have at home and get creative using that stuff. If you’re not eager to save the food then think about saving the money you have spent on it.

Bon appetit!

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Salad.

 

supp_Fotor
Soup.

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On tõesti tõsi, et sageli inspireerib mind toidutegemisel see kraam, mis hakkab külmikus halvaks minema.

Ma lihtsalt tunnen, et ei saa toitu raisata ja pean kõik kenasti ära kasutama.

Ilmselt pärineb see suures osas lastetoast. Minu ema õpetas, et kõik tuleb ära kasutada ja see ei käinud mitte ainult toidu kohta. Olles näinud aegu, kus suhkrut sai vaid talongide eest ja toidupoe riiulitel haigutas tühjus, pean toidu säästmist mõistlikuks.

Olen kokanduses üsna laisk ja omamoodi on hea, kui aeguv toit mind tagant sunnib.

Mida mul tavaliselt külmikus on? Hoian päevituskreemi külmikus, nii et seda on seal alati…

Enamasti püüan tagada, et külmikus oleks kindlasti piima (kohvi jaoks), mune, võid (küpsetamiseks) ja juustu (võileiva tarvis). Ja loomulikult hapukoort, mida saab igale poole lisada. Kui hapukoor hakkab aeguma, teen sellest hapukoorekooki. Seda õppisin ma samuti emalt. Värskelt ahjust tulnud hapukoorekook on kohev ja lõhnab imehästi!

Vanast leivast teen ma küüslauguleiba ja vanast saiast praesaia (e. “vaeseid rüütleid”). Kui kodus ka kohupiima on, saab sellest koos muna ja suhkruga teha segu, mille võib saiale määrida ja ahjus küpsetada. Sellised kohupiimasaiad on ka ülilihtsad ja imehead.

Loomulikult teen ma vahepeal täiesti normaalset toitu värsketest toiduainetest. Selle tõestuseks lisan siia ka fotod.

Siiski julgustakisn kõiki köögis kriitilise pilguga ringi vaatama ja toitu mõistlikult kasutama. Kui teid ei huvita toidu säästmine, siis mõelge rahale, mille olete selle toidu ostmiseks kulutanud.

Head isu!

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