Today I was making a stir fry with less than fresh veggies. The broccoli was a little limp, the ends of the green onions were a little brown, the bean sprouts weren't as crunchy as they could be. It all came together and tasted decent, but if I were given that sad plate of veggies at a restaurant I'd be less than thrilled.
Frankly, I don't have the time or the money to do any major grocery shopping over the next couple of days. I have to use what I have, even though it's older produce from a visit to the farmer's market about a week and a half ago.
Do you ever eat things at home you'd complain about being served? Do you ever use ingredients you wouldn't find acceptable in restaurant food because you don't want to be wasteful or can't afford to not use it?