Sunday, January 3, 2016

Food Waste Update; Old Oranges



Today was the second no spend day for the year. I wanted to spend a good portion of today baking so little Abe and I started bread dough early in the afternoon. Then, I knew that I had three old oranges that I needed to either use or dispose of so I went to pinterest looking for an orange cake recipe. I settled on one but as usual I majorly altered it. I only wanted to make half of what the recipe called for. I didn't have any concentrated orange juice, and lets face it I'm virtually incapable of following a recipe to a T. The very delicious looking recipe that I chose for inspiration for our chocolate mousse covered orange cake is HERE Our old oranges cake didn't end up being the best cake we've ever eaten but it was still a special treat.

Wait, "chocolate mousse covered" you say? The recipe for that is HERE. I've posted a link to this particular recipe a few times because the chocolate mousse portion is possibly the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. And the chocolate cake recipe results in the tastiest chocolate cake I've ever made. When I do make this chocolate cake I not only follow the recipe exactly for both the cake and the mousse I also do not make the frosting any more (I've made this cake at least four times). The mousse is so fabulous and the frosting is so decadently sweet that I prefer to just leave the frosting off.

chocolate mousse covered old oranges cake
Okay, back to the chocolate mousse covered orange cake; although I haven't done a food waste update in awhile I just love posting these because turning three wrinkly oranges into this just so happens to be one of the major highlights of my life (baking is so awesome). Oh, and I managed to squeak a new experience in for today (like I posted about earlier). I tried a new recipe. Win, win here!

of course there was cake so we had to sing happy birthday
Average daily spending for 2016: $19.09



Oh yeah, and the bread; any day with fresh baked bread is just so much better!

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    1. Thanks! I figure you can't go wrong with cake.

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  2. I made homemade bread today for the first time in a while, & forgot how amazing it is. ;-)

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    1. Neat! It's been awhile since I made any too. It takes so long but my goodness I'm always so happy after it comes out of the oven!

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  3. Say you also made soup and you would have me very envious. Homemade soyp, bread, and cake are lifes best treasures in my opinion.

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    1. I should have made soup. We used a little of our bread for grilled cheese sandwiches with chicken (lunchmeat). Homemade bread grilled cheese tastes so much like something you'd order from a high end cafe. It's amazing! Soup would have been the PERFECT side!

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  4. That looks fantastic!!! You are an inspiration to me to use up more and make more from scratch....even though I don't love cooking/baking like you do. I am really trying to make the most out of every bit of food we have though - thanks to you :)

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    1. Thank-you Sue! I'm so glad to know that in some way I've encouraged you to be more creative with old food. We still end up throwing out food here too, but I'm always very happy when I find a way to use food that's gotten a bit too old. And we've also gotten a lot better at using up leftovers before they get sketchy.

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  5. Looks and sounds like a great day. Actually any day with cake is a great day. Like you I have about a dozen clementines that need to be eaten. I think I am going to juice them and make clementine sherbet rather than throw them away.

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    1. I'm in your camp, "any day with cake is a great day!" I LOVE the idea of clementine sherbet. That's getting creative for sure and sounds soooo delicious!

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    1. Thanks! Baking makes any day better for me.

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  7. I've never been a good enough cook to just wing it in the kitchen. It is always boxed mixes here. I'm a sinner, I know.

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    1. Haha! If boxed mixes makes you a sinner then the world is doomed. I'm just too fascinated with baking. experimenting with new recipes and trying to steer clear of preservatives and added nonsense to be so practical.

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