We are all guilty of throwing away food – following a fridge audit in our house, it’s often some slimy bits at the bottom of a bag of salad leaves, ancient half- jars of condiments and mouldy bits of bread. It seems this is not just us, as according to Love Food Hate Waste 24 million slices of bread are chucked every day in the UK. Their new campaign ‘Use Your Loaf’ aims to make us all aware of this ridiculous figure, and provide solutions to stop the wastage.
Fronting the campaign is GBBO 2014 champion Nancy Birtwhistle, and what a lovely lady she is – exactly as you’d imagine her being, sweet, down-to-earth and funny. I went along to Cookhouse in Borough Market this week to meet Nancy and watch her cook some lovely little dishes, which we then got to eat. Lovely!
Nancy rustled up a mini Nicoise salad to start which was topped with black olive croutons. It was followed with a light moussaka made with beef mince combined with lentils, and with breadcrumbs mixed into the creamy topping. It made it much less heavy and greasy than a traditional moussaka, which I’m not generally a fan of.
Nancy finished with a summer pudding terrine, with a mixture of fresh and frozen berries, and served with a blob of whipped cream.
It was revealed at the end that all the dishes were made with stale bread – the croutons, moussaka topping and base of the summer pudding, all made from bread that had seen better days, and the results were a definite incentive to be a bit more creative with leftovers. Nancy also suggests freshening up an old loaf by sticking it under the tap and putting it in the oven for 10 minutes – never heard this before and will definitely be having a go! (Once I’ve scraped all the mould off..)
The Use Your Loaf campaign is on the hunt for the best leftover bread recipes – you can enter here, and hear from Nancy below.