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  • Half term mayhem: the perfect time to halve that food waste!

    So, it's half term again and every person I know with children is asking me for tips on what to do with them that they can link in to food and food waste. There are so many things to do from setting a food waste diary challenge to having a cook-off using only what's in the fridge to make a fab meal. My current favourite is one I worked up with a friend over the weekend. She has two boys aged...
  • Make Easter go with a swing!

    Emma Marsh, 15 Apr 2014, Comments: 2
    Easter is often a time when friends and family come together, but cooking for more people than usual can be confusing when it comes to knowing just how much to cook. The temptation is always to cook more - just in case! However, we needn’t be baffled by how much to buy and cook with our Everyday Perfect Portions CalculatorEach year we throw away around 20% of all the food we buy which costs...
  • House of Lords releases report into "morally repugnant" food waste

    The House of Lords EU Committee has released its findings "counting the cost of food waste" following an inquiry last year to which we provided evidence drawing on our work to reduce food waste since 2007. The report raises some really challenging ideas as well as some big issues that are critical to tackling the global problem of food waste.We all know thanks to WRAP research that in the UK...
  • Food security and food waste: the facts

    Emma Marsh, 31 Mar 2014, Comments: 3
    "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,'' IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri told a press conference at the launch of today's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in Yokohama, Japan.The report confirms that climate change is now "destroying, and rarely benefiting, food systems" as well as "fuelling riots over food prices". Reducing...
  • Go bananas for your ‘nanas!

    Our research has revealed that in the UK we throw away the equivalent of 1.4million bananas every day from our homes.  I think you’ll agree; that’s bananas! It’s an awful waste of fruit and money!Just recently I’ve been working with The Guardian and Unilever on their Live Better: Food Waste Challenge and today is Save a Banana Day! You can get involved and share banana-saving tips on Twitter...
  • How do we end up throwing away over 1 million eggs a day in the UK?

    And that's just from our homes! Want to know more? Well...that's 82,000 tonnes of eggs a year23,000 tonnes of which we could have eatencosting us £63 million buying and then throwing them awayTwo thirds because we didn't end up using them in time2,000 tonnes because we served or cooked up too much which never got eaten 2,000 tonnes due to personal preference and...a further 2,000 tonnes...
  • My top 10 ever favourite food and money saving tips

    So this weekend I was out in the sun digging the brussell sprout patch ready for sweetcorn this year and my mind started to wonder. What were my favourite tips for not wasting food? What actually made a difference to me personally? So I thought I'd share them with you today:Lettuce - even if I pick it from the allotment it will still wilt on me at home. So keeping it in a tupperware pot or...
  • Growing my recipe repertoire and creating a leftovers banquet

    Here at LFHW we’re currently encouraging everyone to grow their recipe repertoire and make the most of all their leftovers and forgotten foods to make new and exciting meals. In last week’s blog I said that I would take on this challenge too so true to my word, that’s exactly what I did at the weekend.To set the scene: I had a couple of friends coming over on Saturday night and I promised one of...
  • The domestic goddess returns!

    This morning I really did feel like the domestic goddess within me had returned (although to an outsider I doubt I looked like one, with my un-brushed hair and dog walking clothes!). I really am blessed to be a home based worker, it’s a real help in terms of having time at home in the morning. I know most of us don’t have this luxury but I’d like to think that with a little forward planning we...
  • What's not to love about Spring!

    Spring has finally sprung and on Sunday I finally got my broad bean seeds in the ground. This probably means it will snow next weekend but when the sun shines you've got to go for it!The really weird thing is that I feel as if I should now be eating broad beans, not sowing them. The same goes for lettuce and sugar snap and carrots. Instead last night for tea we had wintery purple sprouting...
  • Let's celebrate the Guardian and Unilever Live Better Challenge!

    Today sees the start of the Guardian's Live Better Challenge in association with Unilever. We've been helping them over the last few weeks with content, tips and advice to help as many people as possible take the challenge and make a difference for the long term.The biggest challenge for the UK in tackling this issue is helping us all to recognise that we do actually waste food and then once we...
  • Convenient food

    Readers, once again life has taken over and I haven’t written a blog for ages. Apologies, it’s been rather hectic. We’ve finally moved house and we’ve also been suffering with family illness, so life in the kitchen has been put on the back burner.I’ve always been very proud of the fact that I cook most things from scratch, but the last few weeks have made this challenging to say the least! I’ve...
  • Thoughts on the environmental impact of food waste - how can we make a difference?

    The recent appalling weather and flooding hitting parts of the UK has brought the public debate around climate change to the fore once again. Just a few days ago, the Met Office’s chief scientist said that, although there is no definitive answer to what’s causing the storms, “all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change.”It got me thinking about my own personal impact on the...
  • Talking all things food waste

    Yesterday we hosted the Fresher for Longer conference in central London. Yes, my journey was awful but the day was fantastic.Over 150 people in a room from retailers, brands, the packaging industry, Government, Councils all looking for ways that we can work together to help people waste less food by storing it in the best way possible and making the most of packaging innovations to do just that....
  • A week of radio

    This week I've been talking to people from all across the UK about food waste, via the brilliant medium of local radio. From Dunbarton to Plymouth to Salford we've been talking about using the food we already have to make a packed lunch rather than letting it go off so it gets thrown away.It's brilliant that so many more people are now changing their habits, planning more, buying only what they...
  • Save those sausages this Farmhouse Breakfast Week!

    Emma Marsh, 25 Jan 2014, Comments: 1
    So in the UK, just from our homes, we throw away 1.5 million sausages a day! No really, we honestly do. And yet the full old fry (or grill) up is pretty much a national dish.Well, Farmhouse Breakfast Week is back on Sunday 26th January and what better time to make the most of our sausages, eggs (yep, we throw them away too...1.1 million a day) and tomatoes (another 1.5 million in the bin every...
  • Top tips to make the most of your food this coming Burns Night!

    Emma Marsh, 23 Jan 2014, Comments: 2
    Burns night - the perfect celebration to love your food.Rabbie Burns (1759 – 1796), Scotland’s most famous poet, is celebrated in Scotland and beyond on the anniversary of his birth (January 25th) which is known as Burns Night.Robert Burns may be Scottish but the celebrations are held throughout the world, anywhere where his work appreciated. The celebrations take place around a highly ceremonial...
  • Thrifty 'posh food!'

    With moving house C Boy and I are being extra thrifty at the moment and that means making sure we make the most of the food we have, eating out less and not indulging in takeaways! Regardless of the circumstances, I don’t think we are alone in our quest to save some money and so I hope this week’s blog is helpful for all of my readers and shows some more of my nifty little tricks and ideas to...
  • What’s for tea? …. A bean mêlée

    So, last week’s culinary problem has continued in our house this week. Despite the fact that we did buy some fresh ingredients last weekend, by last night we were running thin on the ground again! And worse still I’d invited my friend around and had nothing to offer her for tea, plus I was out with work all day so had no time to go shopping before she arrived.So, initially I offered a jacket...
  • Love Food Hate Waste in at no. 2 in the Resource Hot 100!

    Resource Magazine announced its highly anticipated annual Hot 100 of influencers within the Resource sector on Thursday, celebrating all those people, organisations, and heroes of the waste sector, all working towards making the most efficient use of our resources whether that be food, clothing, electricals...We were delighted to see our very own Iain Gulland from Zero Waste Scotland in at number...

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