So how goes the war on waste this week?

Slightly better than last week but by no means all that well.  “All that Well” meaning I am not in the postion to debate whether or not coffee is a food like the Mrs. did last week.  I vote for “Yes” coffee is both a food and a vital entity that will get you through all of life’s turmoil.

I wasted:
1)  a lemon (yup-my frdge is the citrus graveyard)
2)  a stray apple that had given up the will to live and let itself go mushy.
3)  1/2 a jar of olives from the back of the fridge-who knew that olives could even go bad?

We went to my sister-in-law’s birthday last weekend (I won’t say her age-girls don’t do that to each other) and I need a quick appetizer for a diverse crowd.  There were foodies and non-foodies there so nothing too off-the-wall.  It needed to feed a large amount of people so nothing that is going to break my wallet.  AND I wanted to get a lot of things done around the house so nothing that is going to take me very long to make.

Tada!  Aunt Marion’s Mexican Layer Dip-I dare you to find anyone that doesn’t like this dip.  Once you have one scoop, you are lost.  This is the appetizer that people constantly sit around at a party until they scrap it clean.

Simply take:  1 carton (500ml) of cottage cheese and 1 brick (250 grams) of cream cheese and mush together in a bowl.  If you are really careful with your squishing you can make the whole thing in one dish and safe yourself a lot of tidy up.  It’s even better if you can get your father-in-law to do the mooshing while you feed the baby breakfast.

Top with:  1 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. chilli flakes, dash salt and 1 tsp. chilli powder.  Aunt Marion always used 1/2 a package of taco seasoning but I never have it in the house and all that msg sort of freaks me out.  If you want to use-go right ahead.  I’m not going to be all judgey judge.

Top with:  1-1 1/2 cup of salsa

You’re almost to the end…then to finish things off just add shredded cheddar, chopped olives, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro…basically anything that you like on a taco.

Serve with copious amounts of taco chips and when you set it out move quickly or your fingers might get bitten.

Especially by a one year old whose mother dresses her funny.