FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Food Coriander and black onion seed pancakes The Modern Pantry go all out when it comes to pancakes. Served with aubergine, currants, cherry tomatoes & mint these are the ultimate way to do pancake day with punchy Middle Eastern feel. Ingredients (Serves 4) The ingredient list may look daunting, but rest assured your efforts will be repaid 10 fold. For the pancakes 110 g plain flour A decent pinch of salt 200 ml buttermilk 100 ml milk 50 g melted butter 2 eggs ½ a bunch coriander, including stalks and finely chopped 1 ½ tsp black onion seeds (also known as kaloonji or nigella) lightly toasted. For the aubergine salad 2 aubergine, diced into 1cm cubes 2 tbsp currants soaked in 100 ml apple juice overnight (add a tsp of pomegranate molasses and half a tsp of rose water if you happen to have some!) 1 small red onion, sliced finely into half moons The zest and juice of 1 lemon 20 cherry tomatoes, quartered ½ a bunch of mint leaves, roughly chopped plus extra for garnish Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper For the buttermilk dressing 250 ml buttermilk 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ tsp black onion seeds, lightly toasted and ground ½ tsp black onion seed, lightly toasted and whole A pinch of salt and pinch of pepper Method For the pancake Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the center. Whisk the buttermilk, milk, melted butter and eggs together and then pour into the well and whisk thoroughly until completely blended and lump free. Add the coriander and black onion seeds, whisk again and set aside. Place a plate at least the size of your frying pan over a pot of very gently simmering water with a lid. Melt a small knob of butter in a pancake pan or other frying pan (preferably one that is not too heavy) over moderate heat. Using a large spoon or ladle pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan. The volume will depend on the size of your pan but you will soon work that out! As soon as the batter is in the pan tip it around the surface from side to side. Once evenly coated return to the heat and cook for a minute or so until golden then using a palette knife loosen the edges of the pancake and flip it over. Cook for another couple of seconds and slide onto the plate and cover with the lid. Repeat the process until you have used up the batter – allowing for a disaster or two you will get approximately 8 pancakes from a 16cm pan. For the aubergine salad Preheat your oven to 180C. Put the diced aubergine in a bowl and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until the aubergine is tender and beginning to caramelise. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Place the sliced red onion in the bowl you used for the aubergine and add the finely grated lemon zest and juice. Add a pinch of salt and mix well. Once the aubergine has cooled add this to the bowl along with the soaked currants and a little of their juice, the cherry tomatoes and mint. Gently mix and check the seasoning adding a little more salt and pepper if required and a little more olive oil if the salad seems a little dry. For the buttermilk dressing Whisk all together in a bowl and set aside. When you are ready to serve lay a pancake on a plate, scatter some of the aubergine salad over it then roll it up. Spoon over the buttermilk dressing and serve immediately with a scattering of mint leaves. Thanks to the Modern Pantry for contributing the recipe.Photo by Helmut W. Klug.