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  • Bubble and squeak is for life, not just for Christmas.

    Helen White - Love Food Hate WasteWe, at The White House, (no, not that one!) had it just the other day. And we made it because we had some leftover roasties, mash and veg from Sunday lunch to use up. As well as tasting absolutely delicious, with a HUGE dollop of piccalilli, it reminded us of Boxing Day. A day when it’s traditional – at ours, anyway - to fry up the remaining roast spuds, sprouts...
  • A time to say goodbye...and a celebration!

    Well, I keep starting this blog post and then stopping as I'm not sure how to continue. I've been writing this blog on and off since we re-launched the website in 2012, and many of you have been working with me to fight food waste since the very beginning in 2007.  I remember working with Bronwen, Julia, Andrew and the team to launch our first local campaign in Kent in late 2007, working...
  • Making the most of all our veg!

    Wonky veg is making the headlines at the moment but we mustn't forget that making the most of all our veg saves money! In the UK we throw away a shocking amount of fresh veg - 19% of all the avoidable food that we throw away from our homes (so this doesn't include peelings for example) is fresh veg and salad.  We throw away more than 13 BILLION '5 a day' portions every single year...
  • Super Duper Soup!

    As the cold days are now here to stay nothing beats a winter chill better than a heart-warming bowl of steaming soup!Simple but scrumptious we strongly believe that soup is the ultimate comfort food. And the best bit is? A basic soup recipe can be adapted from what ever needs using up in your fridge, love your leftovers! Simply bung your vegetables into a saucepan, whether that be sprouts,...
  • Breaking the ice across the country for The Big Freeze!

    So far we’ve opened up our giant freezer doors as far north as Glasgow, as far west as Belfast and ventured to the midlands to Robin Hood’s stomping ground in Nottingham, stopping off in between in the city centres of Manchester and Sheffield. Now midway through our “Big Freeze” roadshow, each city has given us a warm welcome (don’t worry we haven’t melted just yet!) and it seems you’re all...
  • Fresh isn't always better...

    We're often sold speed as a virtue; and that the least amount of time food takes to get to our plates, the fresher and more nutritious it will be for us.So whilst fresh is fab, freezing is fantastic too – as it puts the brakes on the bacteria that break down the goodness in food acting like a pause button, meaning food stays fresher for longer and is packed full of the nutrients and minerals that...
  • Defrosting is easier than you thawed!

    Did you know there are two ways to defrost food properly: the slow (but easy) way and the fast way! Want to know more?The slow wayThe easiest way to defrost food is to pop it in the fridge up to 24 hours before you want to use it. Being in the fridge, the food is kept at a constant temperature so it defrosts evenly. Defrosting this way also means you don’t have to use the food right away, as the...
  • Crumbs...a new word for stale bread.....

    So I've spent this week with the fantastic reigning Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle, who has been helping us launch #UseYourLoaf - a campaign to get people to think twice before binning their bread.It's not just the sheer waste of hard earned money but also the environmental cost - just think of all the time, energy and resources the farmer has put into growing and harvesting the...
  • Nice and freeze-y tips for freezing your food!

    Here at Love Food Hate Waste we’re big champions of freezing (and then using) food! Not only does it mean less food goes to waste, but it could also save you heaps of money!In simple terms, freezing acts like a pause button – it puts the bacteria that cause your food to ‘go off’ into hibernation, so it stays perfectly preserved for much longer than fresh food. And it retains nutrients, so doesn...
  • The Big Freeze: The Bigger Picture

    The environment and the damage we can do to it – something that sometimes feels completely intangible and at other times scarily close to home – is incredibly pertinent when it comes to the throwing away of what was once good food and drink from home.I sometimes wonder if the reason we think food waste doesn’t have much of an impact on the environment is because it’s “compostable” and so when it...
  • To freeze or not to freeze, that is the question…

    Annika Stott, 10 Sep 2015, Comments: 1
    Here in the UK we throw away more 7 million tonnes of food and drink each year – and over half of that is perfectly good food that we could have eaten. To put it into perspective, that’s the equivalent of each person in the UK filling one and a third wheelie bins with good food and sending it to landfill!Freezing food is the perfect way to cut down on food waste; it’s so easy to pop...
  • Autumn comfort food

    The nights really have started drawing in now - bit of a shock to the system recently! With the weather turning colder - especially at night - I have started to think about how I cheer myself up with some autumn comfort food. We're starting to move towards using the root veg on the allotment, as the beans and peas come to an end. In honour of this and to help me start my autumn master meal...
  • Global food challenges

    Many of us know this fact but it's worth repeating: It would require the resources of nearly three Earth-sized planets for future populations to consume at the rate wecurrently do in Europe. Staggering and sobering.With the global population increasing at the same time it means we cannot keep on consuming at current levels without a change in the way do things.With uncertainty and risk over the...
  • The day I met Paddy O'Connell

    It has been a very exciting year this year, with so much support for Love Food Hate Waste. This year I have been lucky enough to be chatting to the lovely Jamie Oliver, accepting an award for ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ from The Guardian and talking about food waste on BBC's 'Rip-off Britain'! But even with the year we have had I did not think I would be on Radio 4 rummaging through Paddy...
  • World Hunger Day - I'm taking the one day challenge

    World Hunger Day 2015Today is world hunger day, and the theme this year is about empowering women. Both subjects close to my heart. Did you know...one in nine people in the world do not have enough to eat? 60% of the world's hungry are women.For me empowering women is all about teaching and passing on learnings and traditions from generation to generation. Communities become more...
  • Can we really have greener food?

    Last week a really fascinating report was published by the Global Food Security Programme looking at the principles of healthy and sustainable eating patterns. This is something I've been interested in for a long time and it's so helpful that this is now down in writing. There's a way to go as we need more research in certain areas but it gets the conversation going. Globally, some 30% of...
  • Can 1 million vegetarians be wrong....

    Did you know there are over 1 million vegetarians in the UK and even more people who class themselves as 'meat reducers'. It's #NationalVegetarianWeek and as a well known veggie myself I love it - new recipes, ideas, and people simply loving food that just happens to not have any meat in it.  Reducing your meat intake reduces your “carbon footprint” too. So…as a long standing...
  • Fancy a chicken challenge?

    With another May bank holiday looming, we are all peering out of our windows wondering if we can brave a British BBQ. With a few spare blankets at the ready and a backup plan of sending the lone chef out into the storm with an umbrella, we might just take the leap. I shall be standing out in the rain/sun/hail/snow (who knows!) on the Monday helping my mum out on a plant stall at her local fete -...
  • Time for a revolution?

    Worldwide there are more than 42 million children under the age of 5 who are overweight or obese according to Jamie Oliver and today's #FoodRevolutionDay. With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies.The issue of food education is one that is close to my heart as I see...
  • The joys of growing your own...

    Given it's national gardening week next week and I can no longer get into my greenhouse at home because I got rather carried away sowing veg and flower seeds I thought I'd make today a grow your own blog.What's that got to do with food waste? Well, I think a lot actually. Growing up, because I would have to be out in the rain with my grandad planting spuds in the spring, or secretly snaffling a...
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