Love Food Hate Waste pledgers win Foodie Prizes
Food loving West Londoners who last year pledged to reduce the amount of food they threw away have received prizes from the West London Waste Authority.
The grand prize winner was David Horwood from Harrow, he won an £80 voucher for fine dining at Sam’s Brasserie & Bar in Chiswick. David treated his sister Jean Chatterjee to an enjoyable lunch at Sam’s Brasserie, she said that the food was fabulous and the staff were very helpful.
Jean tries to not to waste food at home and her top tip to West Londoners is to always make a list of what meals you are going to have over the coming week. That way you can get exactly what you need and avoid throwing away food you already have because it goes out of date. It also helps to save money on those “I’ll just pop in for a few bits” type shopping which we all know costs a fortune! Jean’s other great tip is when you are buying an ingredient that you don’t normally eat, try and find two recipes that use it so you can use any that’s left over and not throw it away.
Another prize winner was Colette McDonagh from Harrow, who won an assortment of prizes to help her make the most of her food.
Colette from Sudbury, decided to make a food waste pledge at the Roxeth Show after talking to a Love Food Hate Waste adviser who showed her lots of different ways to reduce waste. Colette said “I’ve put these great ideas into practice ever since. I’ve noticed that it has also helped me save money, as well as helping the environment, as I’m only buying what I’m using, so it’s definitely been worth it!” One of the easy things that Colette now does to reduce the amount of food she throws away is to take more regular trips to the supermarket. On each trip she buys less, to reduce the chance of food going off by the time she gets round to eating it.
Collette won a copy of the ‘Family Meals for a Fiver’ recipe book which provides useful ideas and tips to make the most of the food you buy and leftover recipes to inspire you to use up leftovers. She also won a set of food storage boxes to help keep food fresh for even longer and kitchen scales to help measure portions of food when cooking to avoid leftovers.
Last year over 3,300 West London residents pledged to reduce their food waste. You can also pledge, choose one of the pledges and sign up to receive a regular newsletter giving you relevant ideas and tips. The West London Waste Authority are continuing to help residents Love Food Hate Waste as 77,000 tonnes of food is thrown in the rubbish each year in West London and a family of four could save up to £50 a month just by reducing their food waste.