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La Cuisine Des Perdus: The Art of Eating Old Stuff


Society & Culture  (tags: world, culture, food, leftovers, delicious, waste, humans, health, society, ethics, interesting, good news, family )

Carrie
- 139 days ago - theplate.nationalgeographic.com
There were leftover tortillas in my house last week, quickly going stale. There were tomatillos in the market. For a sometime Texan, this means just one thing: chilaquiles. OK, let me back up.



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Comments

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 4:52 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 1:02 pm
I try not to waste food too.
 

Ulane V. (43)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 1:11 pm
Thanks, I try to never waste any food.Good receipes.
 

Terrie Williams (772)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 1:16 pm
Oh yeah babe.....I knoooooow how to stretch leftovers .....BIGTIME! :)
 

Val R. (254)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 3:08 pm
Terrie - we are with you - old tortillas become chips - nothing goes without being used here -
 

Edith B. (145)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 8:59 pm
We love day old cornbread in milk here. My Mother always made potato cakes out of left over mashed potatoes or potato salad. We definitely recycle food here.
 

Katie D. (112)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 9:34 pm
Old bread for bread pudding, mush for cereal in the morning and then the rest in a loaf pan for to be sliced for fried mush! Never waste anything.
Thank you Carrie
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 10:01 pm
The Dutch have had their own version of pain perdue for centuries that is still popular and as cooked potatoes had been traditional food for a long time, there are a lot of recipes about for leftover potatoes. But in the day and age of fast food and ready made meals, we start to throw away more and more, despite the trend to bring back forgotten fruit and vegetables to our tables.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 11:00 pm
Anybody make potato donuts out of leftover mashed potatoes? I can remember my niece thinking that was the best thing ever!
 

Arild Warud (170)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 3:57 am
With a little imagination you can do a lot with leftovers.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:14 pm
Nothing gets thrown out here unless it is so unpalatable that it decays. In the winter I make several days meals, sometimes as many as a week, and put them in microwaveable containers up front. But I don't call that leftovers. I call it meal planning.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:16 pm
Same here, I do not throw out food. Thank you.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 5:08 pm
Noted. Thank you.
 

Debra G. (0)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 11:45 pm
Leftovers never existed in our house full of teens. They were consumed as post-meal snacks, not to be confused with post-study snacks and pre-bedtime snack. Now that they've moved on in life, I find myself baffled by the small odds and ends left in the fridge. Worse are the miracle foods du jour - I'd get 5 days' worth of something, but it falls out of favor in 2 days and noone will touch the stuff.
 

Julie W. (22)
Monday August 11, 2014, 2:06 am
That title certainly sounds a lot more attractive than leftovers!
 

Genoveva M M. (334)
Monday August 11, 2014, 2:09 am
I cook just what I'm going to eat, and if I get hungry later, I have fruit handy for that little empty space.
When the case of left over happens, yes I can come up with very good stuff, but nothing goes to waste.
 

Evanola Davis (83)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:23 am
I very seldom throw anything out unless it gets moldy. You have to be creative and adventurous with leftovers...sometimes the results are astounding!!!
 

Arlene C. (111)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
merci Carrie
 

Catrin S. (155)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:29 pm
I love to get creative with leftovers and odds and ends . thanks !
 
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