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 Braised oxtail buckwheat pancakes Well you wouldn't have thought of this yourself would you? It's quite a mouthful and a flippin' delicious one at that. It may take you more than pancake day to make, but by jove, it certainly towers above the rest. By The Oxo Tower. Ingredients 500g oxtail 200g shin of beef diced 2 springs thyme 2 springs rosemary 5 fennel seeds 2 bay leaves 2 cloves garlic 100g diced carrots 100g diced onions 80g diced celery 50ml olive oil 3 litres red wine 30g butter 60g tomato puree 1tin diced tomato, blitzed with 50g sugar 150 - 200g seasoned flour 200ml jus 1lt chicken stock For tarragon crème fraiche 120g crème fraiche (hung overnight, to drip off excess water) 1/2 bunch finely chopped tarragon 20ml lemon juice 350g Dijon mustard Zest of 1 orange Salt and pepper 10g sugar For the pancakes 1 pint milk 2 eggs 40g flour 80g buckwheat flour 20g melted butter Salt and pepper Method Braised oxtail stew Marinate oxtail and beef shins for two days in the red wine Before braising the meat, drain off the wine and reserve for later, put the flour in a freezer bag and season well with salt and pepper then coat the meat with seasoned flour Seal off in hot olive oil in the brat pan until coloured golden brown; medium heat for about 10 minutes. Put the browned oxtail into a flameproof casserole dish Return the frying pan to a low heat add butter into pan and sauté the onion, celery, carrots then add your garlic, rosemary, thyme Stir in the reserved wine and cook out for about 10 min over medium heat Then place into the casserole dish with the meat add chicken stock and bay leaves cover and cook slowly on low heat in oven at 160 for 2 to 3 hours drain meat from sauce Reduce sauce add back to meat when cold Tarragon crème fraiche On the day of serving, mix all ingredients for the tarragon crème fraiche and season to taste Buckwheat pancakes Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it Whisk eggs, incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl Gradually add small quantities of the milk, still whisking (don't worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk) When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre Whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream Melt butter in a pan Get the pan is really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you're using the correct amount of batter. (2 tbsp. is about right for an 18cm/7in pan)). As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it's tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife, this side will need a few seconds. Then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate To serve the pancakes, fill each with three tablespoons of the heated ox tail stew, some pickled green peppercorns and a dollop of the tarragon crème fraiche, roll up and garnish with chopped chives, and if you like, some salad leaves. There’s still the traditional lemon and sugar option for those not wishing to step out of their comfort zone, of course... Many thanks to the Oxo Tower Restaurants for contributing the recipe and photo.