Rubbish on the Radio: Frugal Organic Veggie Boxes and More

Smithy's spreading the green message on the airwaves again
Smithy's spreading the green message on the airwaves again

Morning all!

Oh, I’ve been well and truly told off by my regulars here – lolol – ‘Where’s yer postings missus?’ you’ve been asking.

Well, I must confess, now we’re in 2009, I’ll be sloping off a bit and posting less frequently than once a day, as I have to crack on with my next book, The Great British Downshift which is an incredibly exciting project.

Anyway, I do have a few bits to put on here and will get them up in the coming days (honest guv), but for today, a super shortie!

I’m just about to head off to the radio studio once again (how I love Wednesdays) and between 10 and 1 I’ll be broadcasting ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ on Apple AM

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Your Rubbish Mission, Should You Choose to Accept it…

Is to take part in my rubbish poll – please click below for the rest of the questions!

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How To: Get Started With Composting

composter-3Recently, I featured a piece by horticultural expert, lecturer and all round nice bloke, Phil Gamble

Today Phil explains the rudimentary basics of composting, how it works and what it does.

In my opinion, wintertime is the perfect time to get a compost heap going.  There are so many delicious vegetables to fill up your plates and here’s how to ensure the peelings don’t fill up your rubbish bags!
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Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

lovefoodhatewasteOr even a cheap lunch come to that?

A survey commissioned for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign suggests that British workers are shelling out £5.5bn on shop-bought lunches each year, while they leave almost the same value of perfectly good lunch foods at home to go off.

Ham, bread, cheese, cold meats and other typical sandwich and lunchbox foods such as fruit, crisps and yoghurts are forgotten and eventually binned, to the tune of £5.06bn every year, while we buy sandwiches and take-aways at lunchtime.

2.1 million tonnes of food fit for a packed lunch are still heading to landfill each year, including:

  • £821m worth of breads (530,000 tonnes)
  • £94m worth of sliced meats (23,000 tonnes)

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Rubbish movies – Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads

See the full rubbish flatbread recipe.

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My Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads – A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Up Leftover Pasta or Rice

The only place for food waste should be in your compost bin!
The last place food waste should end up, is in a compost bin or wormery!

I’ve been quietly pondering for at least 5 minutes, wondering what to call this recipe and the best I can muster is, ‘Rubbish Flatbreads’.

Not because they are ‘rubbish’, quite the contrary, they are delicious and usually disappear off the plate as fast as I can cook them!

I often rustle them up with ingredients from what many people would throw into the bin; I happily use the leftovers from an earlier meal and this is how they’ve earned their trashy title.

If you’ve never made it before, bread can seem like the most terrifying of all things to cook. It uses yeast, yeast is live and if it all goes horribly wrong it could explode and line the walls of the kitchen! Eeek!

Actually, it’s nowhere near as scary and it certainly won’t explode, I promise you. But it might do a long slow rise and catch you out…like it did me…

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