Think before you drink!

26 September 2014 by

tap water

Here are some of the top reasons why we should SAY NO to bottled water!


  • Bottled water creates huge amounts of waste. The UK consumes 18 billion plastic bottles each year, and since only a quarter of these are recycled this means 38million plastic bottles end up in landfill every single day!
  • Bottled water is expensive! Bottled water is so valued that it costs up to 1,000 times more than what comes out of our taps. Thames Water calculates that its tap water costs around 0.097p a litre – or around 1p for a bucket of water.  Bottled water costs on average 500 times more than tap water, the equivalent of paying £1,500 for a pint of beer or glass of wine.
  • Tap water is more strictly regulated than bottled water. Tap water must be checked daily under a rigorous inspection regime. By contrast, makers of bottled water are only required to undertake monthly testing at source. Once filled and sealed, a bottle of water might remain in storage for months before it is so
  • Providing bottled water for British consumers produces an estimated 33,200 tonnes of CO² emissions per year
  • On average, we drink 33 liters of bottled water annually, whether ordinary mineral, fizzy, or ‘purified’ tap water.

Left over recipe ideas: Fish Friday!

26 September 2014 by

fish pic

Smoked Scottish haddock fishcakes with chips and tartar sauce – Try this perfect Friday night treat from Love Food Hate Waste



  • 3 natural smoked Scottish haddock
  • 6 good sized Maris piper potatoes
  • 1 organic lemon
  • Knob organic butter
  • Fresh curly parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Beaten organic egg
  • Bread crumbs

For the chips

  • Maris Piper potatoes
  • Vegetable oil or beef dripping

For the tartar sauce

  • Handful of capers
  • Handful of gherkins
  • Teaspoon Organic lemon juice
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • Handful of fresh chives
  • 1tsp English mustard
  • 300g free range mayonnaise


  • Peel and chop the potatoes, place in pan and boil. Place smoked Scottish haddock and knob of butter in a tin foil pouch in a colander on top of the pan with potatoes to steam, when the potatoes are soft remove and drain. Open the tin foil pouch and flake the fish into chunks, pour the juices from the fish and butter into potatoes and mash. Add chopped parsley, salt and a good grind of pepper, squeeze of lemon juice and mix. Add flaked fish and fold into potatoes mix.
  • Put to one side to cool.
  • Chop a handful of cappers, gherkins and parsley and add to the mayonnaise. Add mustard and stir with a squeeze of lemon juice to taste
  • Get your fish cake mix and roll a ball in your hands then flatten out and shape. Dip it in egg wash and then bread crumbs.
  • Wash and peel the potatoes chop into chips and wash thoroughly, towel dry,
  • Set fat in chip pan to around 150oc and blanch chips for around 6 minutes until soft, drain and let cool.
  • Pan fry for colour then into medium heat oven to finish.
  • When fish cakes are almost ready turn chip fat up to 180oc and cook the chips until crisp around 1.5 – 2 mins

Jack in the junk mail!

23 September 2014 by

junk mail 3Would you like to reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive? This is easy to do and there are some effective ways in which you can do it. Here are some tips:


Addressed Mail 


This means that you will gradually receive less addressed junk mail. Please be aware that every person in the household who does not want to receive junk mail will need to register their full name


Unaddressed mail

Much of the junk mail that people receive is posted out on a regional basis to every household. Complete the Royal mail online form to stop receiving some unaddressed junk mail.


Local Mail

Put a “no junk mail” notice by your front door.


Finally, tell your insurance, credit card, banking and mortgage companies that you do not want to receive information about other services and ask them not to pass your details onto other companies.

Leftover recipe idea – Lamb Rogan Josh

19 September 2014 by

curry rogan josh

Here’s another great recipe idea from Love food hate waste which is perfect for using up leftovers, helping you to reduce waste and hopefully save some money at the same time.


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed chillies
  • 1 tbsp. medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. tomato purée
  • 450g lamb shoulder, diced
  • 200ml (7oz) water
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaf
  • Sea Salt to season
  • Pilau rice to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, add the onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the turmeric, crushed chillies, medium curry powder, ground coriander and the tomato purée and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the diced lamb, water, tomatoes, lemon juice and coriander.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes, then season to taste and serve with pilau rice.

Also added tinned tomatoes plus a tin of coconut milk which took a little of the heat out and made it a bit like a passanda!

Get Composting!

16 September 2014 by

compost picture

Did you know up to 30 per cent of what you throw away each week could be turned into nutrient rich compost?

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.

Composting isn’t difficult and you can really make something more out of your veg peelings, garden waste and even the dust from your vacuum cleaner.

Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with to bring residents compost bins from as little £19.98 visit Dorset for you to find out more.


For more advice on how to make the most out of composting at home and the compost bin offers available for Dorset residents visit the Dorset for you composting page.

The story of food

12 September 2014 by

story of food blog!!

When you throw away food you are not just wasting the food, but also the resources such as energy, fuel, time and water that went into growing, harvesting, storing, transporting and cooking the food. Then it produces methane if buried in landfill sites.

Love Food Hate Waste website shows a diagram of the story of food from seed to the leftovers we throw away. How to make the most of your food and avoid waste.


Leftover recipe: Tasty chicken soup

11 September 2014 by

chicken soup

This tasty chicken soup from Love Food Hate Waste is very easy to make and great for using up leftovers. You can also make this soup with any leftover cooked vegetables instead, you just need to reduce the cooking time to 10 minutes.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, washed and sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 2 Oxo Chicken Cubes
  • 900ml hot water
  • 250g cooked chicken, diced
  • Black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and leek then sauté for 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Crumble the Oxo Chicken cubes into the pan and pour over the 900ml hot water then gently simmer covered for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the (pre-cooked) chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes ensuring that the chicken is thoroughly heated through. If you prefer a creamy chicken soup add a swirl of cream or crème fraîche just before serving.

Reduce your nappy bill- get real!

9 September 2014 by

real nappies on a washing line

Read the rest of this entry »

New App to help waste less and save money!

5 September 2014 by


In the UK, we throw away 7m tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, most of which could have been eaten if only it was managed better.


This  food and drink costs us £12.5bn a year. You can save almost £60 per month by throwing away less food, and help the environment by saving energy, water and reducing harmful gases.


The all new Love Food Hate Waste App has arrived on iphone and android and allows you to easily keep track of food planning, shopping, cooking meals and making the most of leftovers. The App also has lots of great recipe ideas and tips for using forgotten foods and leftovers to make great tasting meals.


  • Loads  of great recipes with simple step-by-step instructions, with new recipes added all the time
  • Discover recipes instantly that you can make with ingredients you already have in your kitchen
  • Portion Planner: we can help you calculate how much you need of the most popular foods
  • Meal Planner: a diary for planning recipes, meals and leftovers up to 14 days in advance
  • My Kitchen: store all the info about what you’ve got at home in your fridge, cupboard and freezer
  • Shopping List: track everything you need for your planned meals and alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients
  • Achievements: unlock badges and share your culinary accomplishments with friends & family

Download the app here.


Get creative at the Dorset County Show this weekend

4 September 2014 by

S&G AUG 13 Mollie 1


It’s the Dorset County Show this Saturday & Sunday.

Come along to the ‘recycle for Dorset’ stand where you will be able to participate in the following activities,


  • Free children’s badge making
  • Free gift for everyone who completes a questionnaire on the new service
  • Information on the real nappy incentive scheme
  • Lots of recipe ideas to take away from Love Food Hate Waste
  • Information about composting

We will also be able to answer any questions you have on recycling or the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ scheme.

Look forward to seeing you there!




Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: