Rubbish Dieter Farzana has been on a cupboard safari as part of her mission to halve her food waste with our Food Challenge.
We met Farzana while we were at the Treaty Centre in Hounslow talking rubbish with shoppers. We had lots of helpful Love Food Hate Waste recipes for people looking for inspiration for how to use up bits of fruit and veg in their fridges.
Farzana grabbed a handful of spaghetti measures, bag clips and a sign up sheet and said “this is a great idea, I’m going to get everyone in my office to join The Rubbish Diet.” We love meeting people like Farzana who have slim bins and who really want to help others throw away less too.
She told us how much she loved cooking for her family and not wasting things, we got chatting about fun activities that can help get the kids involved in the kitchen too, we mentioned Cupboard Safaris and she said “that sounds like my style of cooking, no seriously, I’m always going through my cupboards looking for things to use up before they go or have gone out of date!”
Farzana had so much enthusiasm for making the most of her food we just had to ask if we could go on safari with her! And excitedly she said “Yeh!”
So off we went! Ok, so some of you might be reminded of a certain song from school from here on (well, 30-somethings will do anyway), we’ve taken some artistic license!
We’re going on a food hunt,
We’re going to find some old stuff,
What a beautiful hoard
We’re not scared!
Farzana opened cupboard ….
Deep, dark, cupboards all full with stuff!
We can’t go over it,
We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it!
Chink chink! Clink clunk! Rustle Rustle!
Farzana spotted some out of date stem ginger, crystallised honey, a packet of malteasers and spices. She pulled them all out and had a look at what she had to bake with and said “Out-of-date Stem ginger and crystallised honey cake it is then!”
We had lots of fun rummaging through Farzana’s cupboards and she wasn’t scared at all to use things she found. We asked Farzana what her advice for people worried about using things over their Best Before date was. She said “We all have to remember that Best Before dates are just there as a guide, you can use your own judgement by tasting and sniffing it before you throw it away”
Do you want help reducing the amount of food your throw away? Take our fun Food Challenge, it will help you identify problem areas, give you some great ideas for solving them and help halve your food waste in just 3 weeks!
For those of you out there who’d love to bake the recipe is here….mmm..delicious!
Out-of-date Stem Ginger and Honey Cake
225g self-rising flour
200g crystallised honey
200g stem ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp nutmeg
- Melt the butter and crystallised honey on a low heat on the small burner. Take your time so that the 2 combine but do not burn. You should get a gentle smell of toffee. Once combined leave to cool, take off the hob.
- Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg together in one large bowl.
- Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and beat gently.
- Grate the stem ginger finely. Mix with the honey butter mix.
- Mix the honey/butter/ginger mix with the dry things until you get a thick batter.
- Add the eggs if the batter is cool enough. Be careful as eggs will scramble if it is too hot.
- Bake in a tray. 180 degrees C. Should be between 35 and 45 minutes.