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 Over ripe tomato gazpacho with basil oil Nothing beats this cold soup a hot day. Cool and fresh, this Gazpacho will remind you of the spring just gone and autumn mornings soon to come. Tomatoes in any shape or state are welcome. Ingredients 2.5kg tomatoes 80g of coriander 100g of basil 110g of icing sugar 40g of sea salt 5g of black pepper 200ml of olive oil 200ml olive oil 150g basil 100ml olive oil 1 tomato, cut into thin slices 1 bunch basil leaves Method For the gazpacho, combine the tomatoes, coriander, basil, icing sugar, sea salt, black pepper & 200ml olive oil. Place the mix into a blender, blend on a high-speed until smooth and pass through a fine sieve, making sure to extract as much of the liquid as possible. To complete the gazpacho, pour some of the strained soup back into the blender, pulse on a medium setting and add the other 200ml olive oil in a slow steady stream until fully incorporated. Incorporate with the rest of the gazpacho and transfer to the fridge to cool. For the basil oil, place the basil into a pot of boiling water for 30-45 seconds, drain and refresh in ice cold water. Once the basil has completely cooled, squeeze the basil to remove as much water from the leaves as possible. Place in a blender with 100ml of the olive oil. Blend on a high speed, slowly adding the remaining oil until smooth. Pour into a small bottle or jar and refrigerate. To serve the gazpacho, pour the gazpacho into bowls and garnish with the basil oil & small basil leaves and the slices of tomato. With thanks to chef Andy McFadden of Pied à Terre, pictured on the right, for the recipe. With thanks to Michael Porter for the photo.