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Friday, 27 June 2008

Leftover Strawberry Tartlets

Did you know that around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away? That staggering information is according to research by WRAP, a UK government funded agency.

I like to think that I am quite good when it comes to buying the right amount of food to meet our needs. Even so, I am guilty of throwing some food away, I would by lying if I told you I used everything up.
When buying fresh produce, the thing that really makes me want to scream, is BOGOF (buy one, get one free.) I don't want 2 massive cauliflowers, or 2 packs of 10 oranges. Sell it to me at half price please! And what's my mum going to do with 2 pineapples? She lives on her own and only has a tiny freezer.

A campaign called Love Food Hate Waste is aiming to raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food that we throw away. The website has plenty of recipes, tips and even advice on how to save money on your food bill.

Reduce food waste - Love Food Hate Waste

PS. It's not just good food going to waste, there are serious implications for the environment as well. My family recycles as much as we can, we are lucky to have the space to do so. There are collections in my village for the newspapers and cardboard. I take all the glass bottles and cans to the nearest recycling centre, but have to go to the nearest town with the plastic containers and that is always full.

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This brings me nicely to my little strawberry cream tarts. Made entirely from leftovers! The pastry came out of the freezer, leftover from this recipe, the blueberries and strawberries are from my summer berry mille feuille recipe, along with the fabulous white chocolate custard cream.

This is also my entry for In the Bag, being hosted by Julia at A Slice of Cherry Pie. The ingredients this month are strawberries and white chocolate.

Strawberry Tartlets with White Chocolate Cream
Amounts are a bit vague, and depends on the amount of pastry/fruit/cream you have to use up.

Cooked tartlet cases, made from sweet tart dough recipe below
White chocolate cream, made from the recipe below
Blueberries, or blueberry sauce from this recipe

White chocolate cream

1 cup double cream
½ cup custard, good quality if shop bought
5oz white chocolate, melted

Whip the cream to soft peaks, then whip in the custard.
Melt the white chocolate and when it has cooled, fold it into the cream.

Sweet Tart Dough
Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

8oz plain flour
2oz icing sugar
4oz butter, cut into cubes
pinch salt
1 large egg yolk

Using a food processor, blend the flour, icing sugar and pinch of salt with the cubes of butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and pulse gently until the pastry comes together. If the pastry is not binding properly, your egg yolk may not have been big enough, so add a little water or milk, a teaspoon at a time until it does come together.

Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to fit your tart tin. Freeze the crust for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Butter the shiny side of a piece of foil and put it buttered side down on the pastry, bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 10 minutes until nicely browned.

Note: Dorie recommends pressing the dough evenly into the tin - I prefer rolling the pastry out with a rolling pin, as I get a more even sheet.

(Printable Recipe)

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Avory said...

Those look amazing, and I love the campaign idea. I sadly am really bad about food waste, because there's only one of me. My milk always goes bad before I finish it, my wine turns to vinegar, and my fruits and veggies get thrown away (possibly while still technically edible). I'll check those recipe ideas out!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nic, what a magnificent thing you've done here. These tartlets are fabulous and how you made them is even more!

Megan said...

Thanks for the tip on the canpaign recipes. I think we all need this.
Nice tarts!

giz said...

The tart looks completely amazing and I honestly don't use the word droolworthy very often but this so is.
The statistic about U.K. waste is staggering. I'm actually shocked and I thought nothing could shock me anymore. I freeze everything and give away lots after it's cooked.

grace said...

not only have you strengthened my resolve to waste less and recycle more, but you've also managed to cause my saliva glands to work overtime. awesome use of leftovers (especially that luscious white chocolate cream--yum!)!

Anonymous said...

I wish I wasted less food. I try so hard to buy produce on a daily basis so that I know it won't go bad. But occasionally I am tempted by sales or just want to buy in larger quantities to reduce legwork, and then my schedule (very erratic) doesn't allow me to use the food up in time. Ugh.

I love these sorts of recipes, that use up older ingredients. These look great, and I'm sure it feels good to know that you've prevented food from going to waste!

LyB said...

I agree, it's so important to take steps for wasting less food and recycling too. Thanks so much for the links, very interesting. And what to say about those tarts, they look fabulous!

Raquel said...

Excellent post! We try to be quite frugal in buying and using. We do have several widow ladies in our church on a fixed income, so sometimes if we get a good buy, we share with them! It is always much appreciated. Those tarts look lovely, although I don't care for white chocolate much!

Anonymous said...

you're a genius for using leftovers! i always find it such a waste to chuck out leftovers or food that's gone out of date so i make sure to use everything within its freshness and to never cook more than needed!

nice one. this is beautiful.

Cannelle Et Vanille said...


Beth (jamandcream) said...

I like to think I am getting better at using leftovers and recycling. I write a shopping list every week now and that seems to have cut down on the amount I throw away. The tarlets look lovely. I have tagged you for a meme

test it comm said...

That tart looks good. I like the sound of the white chocolate cream. I always hate it when something goes ban before I can eat it.

Susan Morris said...

Nic, we bought a food saver about 5yrs ago and let me tell you it's paid for itself 10 times over with the money I've saved.
Those tarts look so good, and well done for just using leftovers.

Lore said...

Simple and gorgeous! I love berries :)

Nic said...

Judith - it's really hard when you live on your own, the smaller the quantity of food, the more expensive it becomes. :(

Patricia - thank you!

Megan - thanks so much!

Giz - thanks and yes, it is staggering! I am trying hard to use everything up.

Grace - good for you and that cream is really good!

CPanda - I know what you mean, I have been tempted by offers too!

Lyb - thanks and glad you found the links interesting!

Raquel - good for you on the sharing, that's really nice.

Diva - that's great that you use everything up, I am trying too!

Aran - thanks!

Beth - a shopping list is a great idea! Thanks for the meme.

Kevin - try that cream - it's lovely!

Sue - I'll have to look into a food saver!

Lore - thank you and thanks for visiting!

Ginny said...

I think we are all guilty of throwing food away...i love this campaign idea! very important! the tarts look great! :)

Nina Timm said...

Recycling is in its infant shoes here in SA still and I think it will still take a while for people to get their minds right.
The little tarts are droolworthy!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous little tartlettes Nicisme! I love the sauce oozing over the top! Well done for making them entirely from leftovers - I am a supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign too.

Ann said...

You know me - I ADORE tartlets! These look darling and delicious. Funny, bc I just made this exact same sweet tart dough - isn't it just wonderful?

Julia said...

Oh now they look fabulous. I wish I could try one! Thanks for entering.

Lisa said...

These tartlets look so yummy...then I read on and find they are even made with white chocolate cream and leftovers. Amazing!

I also love the premise of your post. What a great way to raise awareness of food waste. Thanks!

Cynthia said...

Oh gosh, Elle, you don't have to rub our face in the food porn like you did with the first picture of the strawberry tart, nevertheless, keep on rubbing it :)

Thanks for the info from WRAP, I have been trying my best to resist the urge to grab a lot of produce, in hopes that I'd cook something different every day when the truth is that I only cook about 4 times a week.

Hannah said...

Looks yummy:) Just wanted to suggest considering composting of kitchen waste. It can be done at home with very little space and some rubbermaid bins. there are lots of resources on the net for kitchen composting or better still vermicomposting. If more people get into this not only are we avoiding waste, but also adding benefit to nature.

Nic said...

Ginny - thanks!

Nina - well at least there is some where you live, which is great!

Helen - thank you! and glad to hear you are a supporter too.

Ann - I always use that dough for sweet tarts now!

Julia - thanks and I am really looking forward to the round-up!

Lisa - thanks so much!

Hi Cynthia - thank you!

Ashaan - I totally agree, composting is what we do too. Thanks for your valued comments and welcome to my blog!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm saddened to learn that so much food is wasted but glad about the campaign. And those tarts are made out of leftovers? Who knew leftovers could be so beautiful? Well done!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I am so guilty of throwing away so much food that I buy will all the best of intentions!!!!!! Great save with the strawberry tart Nic:D

Jeanne said...

OMG Nic, those look incredible! And I love that they are all made from leftovers! I see leftovers or, ahem, vintage fruit and veg as a personal challenge - they are forever making an appearance as something else! The wrinkly, floury, apples that greeted us on our return from hols will soon be cinnamon & star anise-scented apple sauce :)

Nic said...

Susan - I know, it's such a shame!

Valli - it's sometimes hard not to throw stuff out!

Jeanne - what a great way to describe leftovers as 'vintage', I must remember that one!

Anonymous said...

Nic, the stawberry desert looks divine! I'm enjoying your blog, so much!

sunita said...
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sunita said...

That is such a cute tartlet.

And yes, it is indeed a shame that so much of food is being wasted, especially in the present times. I too am guilty at times of going a bit overboard while shopping for food supplies, am tring to reform though.

sunita said...

But, I do try to use up my leftovers as best as i can :-)