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 London pea souper For this chowder style soup and bread bowl you can either make your own loaf or use up what's stale. Eel or not to eel, that is the question. Ingredients For the bread bowls 5g dried yeast (or 10g of fresh yeast if you can get it) 350ml warm water 500g strong white flour 10g sea salt 20ml rapeseed oil For the pea and eel soup 3 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil 1 knob of butter 1 onion, diced 1 clove of garlic, chopped Pinch of paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of smoked sea salt 500g frozen garden peas 400ml hot organic chicken stock 4tbsp of creme fraiche Small bunch of mint. Roughly chopped, (6 small leaves kept to garnish at the end) Juice of 1 lemon – zest of half 200g of smoked eel fillets Method Preheat the oven to 240°C and place a baking sheet or stone in to warm up. To make the bread bowls: stir the yeast into the warm water using a fork. Weigh the flour and salt into a big bowl and add the oil. Pour the dissolved yeast into a bowl and stir. Once it comes together, turn out and knead the dough for about 15 minutes (10 minutes by machine) until smooth and elastic. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to double in size for about an hour. Divide the dough into 6 and roll in the palm of your hands to get a good round shape then cover with rapeseed oil and place into individual baking tins. Dust the top of each loaf with flour and then cover the tin and leave it in a warm place to double in size or for about 1 hour (whichever is first). For the perfect crust, place a dish of water on the oven floor. Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 230°C and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden. To make the soup: heat the butter and the oil and a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and fry for 3 minutes or until soft and just colouring. Add paprika, cayenne and smoked sea salt. Add the peas and warm chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about six minutes or until the peas are cooked. Take off the heat. Slice the tops off your loaves and remove the ‘inner bread’ to make a bowl for the soup. Add the bread along with the crème fraiche, mint, zest and lemon juice to the soup. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Pour a little oil inside the loaves, season and return to the oven to warm through for five minutes. Pour the soup into the loaves and flake the smoked eel on top. Serve with a dusting of paprika, mint and crème fraiche. Thanks to Hobbs House Bakery for contributing the recipe. Photo by Joe Sarah.