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. HomeDo somethingTop tipsRecipesBlogIdeas bankCollaborate Food Michigan's favourite fluffy pancakes This recipe was once taken from Martha Stewart but over the years they've truly made it their own. Mainly through the addition of obscene toppings! By Carly Grobb. Ingredients 128g flour 2 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Cup / 240ml of milk 2 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil 1 egg Toppings Fruits (blueberry is popular), spices, chocolate chips...anything that strikes your fancy, really. Maple syrup, jam, whipped cream, fruit, cheeses... Method Whisk together milk, butter/oil and egg. Add the dry ingredients. Heat a skillet or pan to medium heat and lube it up with vegetable oil/butter. Ladle out the batter onto the skillet and cook on one side until you see little bubbles bursting. Flip it over until it's brown on the other side. Remove. Top with something delicious and eat. American musings on pancakes 'Cornmeal pancakes are great with all of my other favorite foods (cheeses/avocados/fruits/tomatoes/squash). However, traditional white fluffy pancakes, above, are awesome with maple syrup and bacon. McDonalds also has this breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon or sausage, and maple syrup-soaked pancakes as the bread (McGriddle)! Obviously their version sounds gross, but the idea sounds like it's easy and delicious.' Food waste reduction and pancakes? 'I buy seasonal and local so my produce stays fresher for longer. I try to think of creative ways to use the last of the my meager pantry selection and think about all the money I'm saving. Right now we're at the end of persimmon & cranberry season, which would be delicious on pancakes, maybe with some pomegranate, definitely with a little bacon on the side.You can make damn good pancakes with what you have...' Thanks to Carly Grobb for contributing the recipe.Photo by Rachel Hathaway.