Thursday, March 23, 2006


Staring at the vegetable drawer in the fridge. It is half full of limp, droopy produce. I Have Done It Again - bought too much in a fit of enthuiasm and now I am paying the price.

I had ordered and paid for a box of organic vegetables. But en route and on the spur of the moment, I decided to drop in at the Collingwood Children's Farm Market (another post, trust me!). As per usual, I was overwhelmed with all the gorgeous, simply gorgeous stuff. Now when I saw the best broccoli I have seen all year at 4 for $5, how could I resist? Into the bag they went, along with a cauliflower, red cabbage and four bunches of coriander. I bought as much as I could carry and my shoulders ached for days. But it was worth it, I thought. Until I collected my boxes of fruit and vegetables and went "oh oh".

We've worked our way through most of it but the first bloom has definitely worn off. And I am now just tired of opening the fridge to see the same soggy stuff staring back at me. Bored bored bored with it. I know this sounds very petulant and Western, but guess what? That's exactly what I am.

But the remains of my conscience won't let me throw anything out until it actually has moulded, so tonight I picked out the by-now-very-bendy zucchinis and threw them in a pan sliced, with mint and spring onions. I figured this would help hide their limpidity. It wasn't bad, but I can't wait to empty that drawer and fill it up with new, exciting, fresh stuff.

The really appalling part about this is that it's nothing new. I do this all the time. When am I going to learn?


At 5:00 AM, Anonymous vanessa said...

this post is basically my life in food shopping. i get over zealous with grocery lists and grandiose plans to cook every single day. i end up with three good meals and a heap of bad veg. I totally empathize.

luckily, i had gardener friends who would gather the sad produce from my bin and use it in their huge projects. lately though, i've been trying to justify the waste by donating the stuff to an animal sanctuary in town. If I can't eat it, at least the pigs and horses can, ha!

found your blog on Food Porn Watch. Love the name :)

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

I think we can all empathise with having eyes bigger than our stomach! But that's when you have the challenge of "what can we make with leftovers?"

Four bunches of coriander? Wow. Did you know it freezes really well if you chop it finely and put into freezer bags? Just grab a handful whenever you need some in a stirfry/curry/stew etc.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger plum said...

Welcome to my blog Vanessa! Yep, a lot of my waste winds up in the compost bin and fortunately will become fodder for the garden one day, but it doesn't stop me from feeling BAAAAAD.

Thanks for the comment about the name - I have been meaning to do a post on how I chose it, but like many of my good intentions ....

Hey there Helen - no I didn't even think of that with the coriander. I used about half of it but the rest was being stored on the counter in a bowl (fridge was too full) and it went soggy and revolting before I got around to doing anything else with it. But I'll remember the freezing thing next time!


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