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Pretty … Moldy

31 May

Isn’t this a beautiful basket?  I love the purple flowers against the red berries!  Sadly, those berries were a HUGE disappointment.  Two for $5 was NOT a bargain.  The first half-pint was lovely, but this one was so soft – and sour, yuck – that I couldn’t even consider throwing them into a smoothie.  Same goes for the last few overripe strawberries and blackberries.  This pretty-on-the-outside fruit was only fit for compost.

Things you can see (clockwise from top):

  • Eggshells
  • Irises
  • Strawberries & blackberries – a few very soft berries way past their prime
  • Onion skins
  • Lemon half
  • More eggshells
  • Raspberries – disappointing pint that was so soft and sour – yuck -it was inedible
  • Red pepper slice
  • Blackened banana peel
  • Rose petals (white and pink)

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What you can’t see:

LOTS of leftover lettuce – remember the cast party earlier in the week?  Spinach & romaine leaves sat out for about an hour after the party.  We’d eaten salad for the past several days, so these leaves just sat a few more days in the fridge.  Final fate: compost.

What I made with all of that:

Ebelskivers – tiny, fluffy filled pancakes.  These require a special pan but they are so delicious!  My little ballerina begged for this breakfast treat prior to a six-hour rehearsal day and I couldn’t NOT make them, even thought they are a multi-bowl & mixer recipe.  We made two kinds: whole-milk ricotta & homemade strawberry jam filled and sharp cheddar filled, dipped in pure maple syrup.  Worth every minute of prep & cook time!

So, the weekend was jam-packed with activities on top of ballet rehearsals, namely two days of performances, SAT’s for my boy, and the bustle of regular life.  Here’s what happens when the compost bucket sits on the counter for two more days …

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Sorry it’s sideways (busy days, right?).  We did add a few banana peels (standard morning smoothie) and a sprig of old jasmine.  Anyway, MOLD is what happens when you have a lot of soft, warm organic material sitting in the sunshine with a warm, humid breeze from the open window wafting in.  Luckily, the banana covering the onion skins effectively blocked any nasty onion smell.  Just sitting on the counter this was not pretty but at least it didn’t smell bad.  Until I dumped it on the compost heap … It was a fully rotting, juicy mess perfect for the production of great new dirt!

 
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