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 Potato pancakes with bacon and maple syrup We love a recipe that reaches out to the humble potato and finds a way to shower it in all the glory of Pancake Day. We also love a recipe that calls for 16 rashers of bacon. By Mark Hix. Ingredients (Serves 4 - 5) 1 small potato, peeled cooked and mashed 1 medium egg 50 g plain flour 50 g potato flour (optional, replace with ordinary flour if unavailable) 100 ml milk Salt and freshly ground black pepper A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg Vegetable oil for frying To serve 16 Rashers of sweetcure bacon or kasseler 100 ml maple syrup Method Cool the mashed potato down then put it into a mixing bowl with the egg and both the flours. Whisk to form a smooth paste by adding a little of the milk at a time. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Rub a little oil in a non stick, or your favorite pancake pan then gently heat, pour one eigth of the mixture into the pan not letting it spread too much as the pancakes need to be fairly thick. Then continue with the rest of the mixture. The pancakes can be put directly onto the serving dish then re-heated when served.. Meanwhile lightly grill the bacon and serve on the pancakes with a generous helping of maple syrup. Thanks to Mark Hix for contributing this meaty recipe. Photo by Connor Waldoch.