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Happerly 7 Day Know Your Food Origins Challenge

With the synchronicity of the internet that only the algorithms of social media can evoke, we were just talking about shopping locally in the Less-stuff Facebook group when this 7 day challenge came to my attention. Happerley is a new way of certifying food producers and suppliers that lets us consumers trace where it came from.  They are running a …

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What to do with all those pears

The fruit and veg market was selling large bags of pears for 50p so I am officially in a pear glut! They are still pretty firm, with some dodgy outer bits that can be cut off. The less-stuff Facebook group came to the rescue with some great ideas. Thank you to Heather, Angela, Marion, Bróna, Anna and Jenny for all …

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How to use up all those carrots!

Carrots are either in season or almost always available heavily reduced. It is hard to resist a kilo of good food for 20p so here are some ideas for using up all those carrots. This post was written with lots of help from Sarah, Laura, Rachel, Anna, Jacquie, Madeline, Christine, Bróna, Susan and Frances from the less-stuff Facebook group. Raw: …

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Zero waste Valentines without the clutter or crap

Valentines day is getting out of hand. From light up plastic roses to teddy bears with heart shaped balloons. Do you really need or want any of that? Do you know anyone who would like these throwaway gifts for more than a week at most? In collaboration with Vicky from Vicky Myers Creations this post has some ideas for Valentines …

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Making Christmas easier this year and next

Christmas, which is meant to be a time of giving and gratitude can easily end up being really stressful instead. Lovely Dawn from the less-stuff Facebook group came up with the idea of a list of strategies to help cope with this Christmas, while preparing for the next. This post is written with help from Dawn, Anna, Toets, Su, Esther, …

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3 things to buy that stop you wasting food and money

Wasted food is money thrown away. There are three things I use almost daily that make wasting food more difficult: Hand blender With the ability to mush up food comes the power to turn leftovers into deliciousness. Roast extra veg and just add water before you whizz it up into amazing soup. Brown bananas make the healthiest ice cream and …

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10 Easy ways to save money on food

Years ago I was teaching craft in an area that had a lot of poverty. We had funding through the Workers Education Authority to deliver classes that would improve mental health. The class before mine was about saving money on food. I didn’t go to the class but I was told everyone walked out because the first thing the teacher …

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Herby Oven Croutons Recipe to use up Stale Bread

This recipe uses up any sort of savoury stale bread and makes leftover soup into something special. Ingredients Stale bread. Any of the following: garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, parmesan and/or lemon zest if you like. Big flakes of Malden salt work well on croutons. Olive oil or refined coconut oil. Method Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Pour about half …

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How to make vegetable drawstring tea towel bags – Guest post by Vicky Myers

Vicky Myers makes beautiful things by reusing materials. She does her bit towards saving the planet with ‘sustainable style’ and says that sewing, DIY and knitting help her maintain her equilibrium. Taking your own veg bags instead of using the stores plastic bags can make a big impact on the amount of plastic you use. Like reusable water bottles, reusable …

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Banana Bread Recipe with 6 Bananas.

In a nutshell – this is a quick and easy recipe that uses up lots of over-ripe bananas. It has basic store cupboard ingredients and can be on your plate in an hour. It is a great way to use up reduced bananas. This recipe is from the multi talented Sarah Slater. It makes a lovely stodgy comforting loaf. My …