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 Chinese turnip pancakes The mere idea of a turnip-pancake combo is making us a little hot under the collar, but this Chinese yum cha crossed with Korean chive pancake recipe really turnips the heat. Get frying. By LEON. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Ingredients (Makes 10 pancakes)300g turnips 2cm piece of fresh ginger, grated 300ml water 150g rice flour 1 teaspoon gram flour 2 teaspoon sesame seeds 1 bunch of spring onions, chopped, plus extra to garnish 1 tablespoon sesame oil A pinch of cayenne pepper 2 red chillies, finely chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed Salt 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander 2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil, for frying Method Peel and grate the turnips. Place in a pan with the grated ginger and the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Set aside and leave to cool until tepid. Place the rest of the ingredients apart from the sunflower oil in a bowl and slowly add the reserved cooking liquid, whisking until a smooth batter is formed – it should have the consistency of double cream. Add the grated turnip and check the seasoning. Heat 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil in a non-stick frying pan and drop in the batter a dessertspoon at a time, to form small round pancakes – flatten them a little with the back of a spoon. Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden, then serve sprinkled with extra spring onions. 'These pancakes are a cross between the Chinese yum cha version and Korean chive pancakes. Good as a starter, main or party food. They’re great served with a soy, fresh ginger and chilli dipping sauce.'Thanks to LEON for contributing the recipe and photo.Taken from “LEON: Fast Vegetarian” by Henry Dimbleby and Jane Baxter.