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 Tom's homity pie By food activist and eco-chef Tom Hunt. This really is humble pie: leeks, potatoes, and cheese. I was brought up eating Cranks’s delicious wholemeal recipe, and this is a variation. In order to stay true to its make-do-and-mend roots, I’ve suggested you use up all your odds and ends of cheese from the refrigerator. Homity pie tastes best cold, so it makes great buffet or picnic food. Ingredients (Serves 4 as a generous lunch) Filling 1 quantity smashed new potatoes with butter and mint 1 large onion, sliced 1 leek, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped Leaves from 1 sprig thyme Glug of light olive oil 5⁄8 cup [150ml] heavy cream 4 sprigs parsley, roughly chopped 200g mixed cheese (use up odds and ends) Shortcrust pastry case 12⁄3 cups [200g] all- purpose flour, preferably spelt, plus more to dust 7 tbsp [100g] cold butter, cut into small cubes 1 egg, lightly beaten Method To make the pastry case, put the flour, butter, and a pinch of salt into a blender and blend until the butter is combined into the flour, then add 4 tbsp cold water. Pulse-blend 3 times, adding another spoon of water if it is not forming into a ball, then bring the dough together with your hands. Wrap in a clean plastic bag and chill 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about 1⁄8 in [4 mm] thickness. Use the pastry to line an 8 in [20 cm] case, making sure it is pushed down into all the corners and that it overhangs at the top (this will stop the pastry shrinking back). Prick all over with a fork to help stop the pastry puffing up. Put in the oven 20 minutes until just cooked. This is called blind baking. Trim the excess pastry from the edges with a knife, brush with the egg, filling any holes or cracks, then return to the oven 3 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, sauté the onion, leek, and garlic with the thyme slowly in the light olive oil 20 minutes until soft and caramelized. Mix in the potatoes, cream, and parsley. Taste and season generously. Fill the pastry case with the potato mixture. Grate hard cheese and cut soft cheese into small pieces, then arrange on top. The pie should be almost overflowing. Bake in the hot oven 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is bubbling with some charred spots. Let cool a little before serving. The smashed potatoes and the pie keep well in sealed containers in the refrigerator 4 or 5 days. I like them both best eaten cold. Recipe courtesy of Tom Hunt. Photography: Laura Edwards. Are you ready to come out as #vegcurious?