One of my new year's resolutions is to not waste so much food. I always buy more than I use. Inspired by the love food hate waste campaign I have come up with the idea of setting myself a monthly challenge to use a particular ingredient that often goes spare in my kitchen. These are sometimes ingredients that are in season and therefore are given to me buy veg growers, or food that turns up in my veg box regularly or food that is used in a few recipes but then has leftovers.
I have already been cooking this way on the blog for quite a while. Last autumn saw a big focus on using up the apples that were kindly given to me and recently I just blogged the blue cheese biscuits which used up my left over blue cheese. By opening up the chance to all my blogger friends I'm hoping that we will all inspire each other to use up something that often goes to waste. For some of my more experienced foodie blogger friends I think this might be quite a simple task but is is something I really struggle with and would like to improve this year. I would like to collate a medley of less obvious recipes than the normal suggestions. So be imaginative and let's see what we can do.
So at the beginning of each month I will set the ingredients for the challenge. Please feel free to suggest ingredients that you often have lying around and don't manage to use up.
- Please send an e-mail of your challenge entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the month.
- Please include the title, recipe and a link to your post. If the recipe is not your own make sure you credit the author.
- Feel free to republish old posts just make sure you add a link to the challenge and add the challenge badge.
- Make sure you email before the end of the month.
- Please also include a link back to this blog and use the badge below.
At the end of the month I will do a roundup post and hopefully we'll all have more imaginative ways of using up those things that we often waste from our food shops. I'm hoping that this challenge will help me save money and make me more aware of the food that I'm wasting and how to turn it into something tasty.
January challenge: cream
I have some leftover double cream and as I am trying to be more healthy in the new year I don't want to eat pudding or pour it all over cake so I will be looking for a way to use my cream in a different way. Looking forward to seeing what we come up with.