Fridge Foraging

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.

Purple kale and cavolo nero

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.

Cooking greens

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.

Lots of cheese on top
Sweet and punchy carrot and ginger kraut from The Urban Monk

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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  1. Looks good.
    Years ago – when shops did not open on Sundays and I had more visitors – I used to make what I called “Monday Soup” – all meat, veg etc that was left was used.
    As you can imagine it was different every week & emptied the fridge for the new week.


  2. Hope you are feeling better. What a wonderful meal you made out of cleaning your fridge. I’ve never heard of carrot kraut, but it sounds delicious. Your comment about Spilled Milk cracked me up. It also made me wonder about what parts were so American that you didn’t know what they were talking about. 😉


    1. Thanks – definitely feel the benefit for a couple of days rest. Re Spilled Milk…there were some references to TV shows and snack foods I didn’t get. I also found an episode on savoury pancakes really odd……they had never heard of French crepes filled with cheese, mushrooms etc…and yet they are food podcasters. Anyway, makes for nice background listening!


      1. That is odd about the savory French crepes. I not only know of them but have eaten them. Yum! And I expect many Americans have indeed heard of them. I’ll have to listen to Spilled Milk. Glad you are feeling better.


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