I’m genuinely ashamed of the amount of food waste in the UK, the statistics are shocking and pretty disgraceful. Love Food Hate Waste have loads of useful info their website, but the two stats that strike me in particular are that we throw 7 million tonnes of food and drink away a year and we throw away more food from our homes than packaging.
But it’s not all bad news, people are changing their views and behaviours around food and waste more and more as time goes on, particularly in my corner of the world. Brighton is home to Silo, the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant. I must confess I haven’t been there yet myself (far too busy at home making sure I use every last scrap of food in the fridge) but I think it’s an amazing concept and I’ve only heard great things about it so far. Then there’s this “pay-as-you-feel” cafe that takes food that would otherwise be destined for landfill and turns it into something delicious.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog post wasn’t to show off about the hippies of my hometown or even really to bring your attention to the food waste facts many of you probably know already.
Tonight, I challenge you all to go home and see what’s lurking at the back of your cupboards and fridges. Make something magical happen with the leftover bits of veg and almost-stale bread you might otherwise throw away, I dare you! My dinner the other night (pictured at the very top of this blog post) was a result of just that. A bit of leftover pork from Sunday slathered in BBQ sauce, the end of a red onion quickly pickled in apple cider vinegar, an almost-off-its-game avocado turned into delicious guac, some very nearly on the turn baby spinach, all piled onto a slightly freezer burned (my bad) pitta from the back of the freezer with the last corner of edam grated on top. I can’t tell you how delicious it was, nor how jealous my Mother was.