14 Dec

Green blog: Love Food Hate Waste

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Get the most out of the food in your fridge by discovering new ways of serving leftovers or utilizing familiar ingredients – there’s a whole range of tasty recipes out there so there’s no need to bin anything! We throw away 7.2 tonnes of food a year so reducing food waste is a major issue.

As part of GFT’s involvement in the European Week for Waste Reduction (19-27 November), we showcased the Love Food Hate Waste campaign on; our resident chef set up shop in the foyer and got cooking. Whipping up recipes from the surplus food in the GFT kitchen, including eggs, bread, meats and cheeses and vegetables, here’s what our customers got a chance to sample: 

Mixed Vegetable Frittata: This Italian spin on the classic omelette is a great way to use up the last of your eggs and can be embellished with pretty much anything - ham, cheese, spare vegetables and herbs – the perfect impromptu dish that’s great for sharing. 

Olive Tapenade on Toast: Blend olives, sun dried tomatoes, capers, garlic, lemon juice and basil for a Mediterranean alternative toast topping. Note a tapenade can consist of many things you may find in the fridge and cupboards, just experiment and be creative!

French Toast Bites with Cheese and Ham: Instead of chucking that slightly stale bread, whisk some eggs and milk then season, dip the bread in the mix, fry, and then sandwich with whatever takes your fancy. Bite sized portions are great for parties.

Bread & Butter Pudding: Another alternative for those bread ‘heals’ or ‘enders’ is this classic British dessert, made by layering slices of buttered bread in an oven dish, and adding egg, milk and cream. If you have any dried fruit or vanilla lying around, throw that in for extra flavour.

Christmas is the perfect time to try out the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and combine culinary creativity with environmental endeavours. If you’re dreading the prospect of those inevitable post-Christmas turkey sandwiches, go to http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/about_food_waste/save_money_on_your.html for some cheap, simple alternatives that will see festive leftovers go far.

For more information on the above recipes, to get inspiration for others or for more general information on how to waste less food and save more money, go to: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

For information on how to reduce other types of waste, including getting rid of all that unwanted mail through the letterbox, go to: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/stopthedrop

Find out what other actions were taking place around the country for European Week for Waste Reduction 2011 at: http://www.ewwr.eu/

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