One of my favourite podcasts is Desert Island Dishes, and since I am at home again today, Friday, I’m spending some time catching up on episodes of this and some other foodie podcasts (see below). On the podcast’s website, is a section called Fridge Forage. Foraging in the fridge is what we do on those days when you need to use up things in the fridge, or are at home unexpectedly for lunch (like me today as am still under the weather).
In my fridge this Friday lunch time I found three bundles of fresh greens – spinach, purple kale and cavolo nero, along with some bits of cheese, eggs (of course), a new jar of a carrot kraut, some left over broccoli, half a cucumber, lots of condiments, cans of beer and that item that we all have in our fridges, a tube of tomato paste. Spurning the beer, cucumber and tomato paste, I made my version of sautéed greens with eggs, adding a hearty sprinkling of pecorino romano, found hidden behind a jar of mustard.
A couple of points about this dish – the broccoli was already cooked, so there was no need to pre-steam this; always make sure you really strip away any tough stalks from the greens (I missed a few); add a squeeze of lemon juice and whatever seasoning takes your fancy; if you cook the eggs in a different pan you get a much nicer picture but more washing up.
I was eager to try some new carrot kraut, so popped a bit on the side. This was an excellent idea, the carrots being ever so slightly tangy and acting in contrast to the heavy amount of cheese.
What would you make today if you were foraging in the fridge?
Other food podcasts to inspire, enjoy and learn from:
Keep Calm and Cook On Julia Turshen’s podcast with interesting interviews.
Radio Cherry Bomb – I’ve mentioned this on numerous occasions! Interviews with women in food.
Table Manners with Jessie Ware – hilarious mother and daughter cooking for guests – possibly my favourite podcast.
The Food Chain from BBC World Service delving into “the economics, science and culture behind what we eat and drink”. Some really interesting topics covered.
Spilled Milk, a self-styled comedy show about food. Quite good fun, but at times so American I don’t know what they are talking about.
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