Who’d have thought it! Gordon Brown has come out urging us to eat leftovers to combat rising food prices! Mr Brown is busy at the G8 summit in Japan trying to tackle food price hikes and has called on the UK to start planning meals to cut down on the 4m tonnes of food – or £8 worth of grub a week – we waste each year.
Has he been reading your fantastic tips on how to save on your shopping bill I wonder?! Will they be eating leftovers at the G8 summit?! Mmm…doubt it!…Maybe Mr Brown will bring a doggie bag home full of sushi? It’s possibly a bit irritating to be told what to do by the dour PM, but I think he makes a valid point and you could at least imagine Gordon tucking into cold leftovers for his tea…! Whether the UK buying less food will make a difference to rising food prices, partly due to the rise in biofuels and the sky-rocketing oil price, is debatable though.
Now, I’m entering the last week of my challenge to beat rising food prices. And my final task is to go vegetarian for a week. With meat prices up 4.1 per cent in the past 12 months, going veggie could help me save cash. I have wondered about becoming vegetarian before, but my love of roast dinners and sausages lets me down, so I will have to use will power to steer clear of those meaty temptations.
I know it’s a cliché but I just HAD to make a nut roast. For years I’ve been curious to try it. This recipe sounded promising. Initially I was a bit worried about the cost of nuts – they can be pricey and you don’t always get many in a packet. But luckily we had plenty lurking in the kitchen cupboards – I picked up pine nuts for £1 a bag recently. And I used up some leftover bread in it too. Mr Brown would be proud. The recipe writer must have asbestos hands though! I nearly burnt my fingers trying to shape it into a loaf! In the end I gave up and just pushed it into the loaf tin.
But I have to say that it wasn’t bad. It was a bit like having stuffing as the main portion of your meal but it made a good lunch.
Do you think Gordon has a point? What do you do with your leftovers? Have you considered going vegetarian to save on your shopping bill