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Pathological addiction to minty green food colouring.
Oh no, she recycles too? That sounds suspiciously quite a bit like those balls shops make with the unsold cakes... (still waiting for the volume where Fanny Cradock puts green food colouring in her horseradish and accidentally invents imitation wasabi).
That's a classic way of eating up the leftovers (with a Fanny twist). My Grandma would fry slices of Christmas pudding in butter.