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Ho! Ho! Homemade Christmas

2 Dec

So it’s that time of year again; the clocks have gone back and the dark evenings are here. This means only one thing to me…. No, not X-factor and Strictly! But yes, those dreaded three words: “Christmas is coming” Oh no, not the most wonderful time of the year! Yes maybe to those who are organised and start shopping in July but to me it’s just stressful shopping and excess expense. As a family a few years ago, because our ever expanding tree grew and grew we decided to only gift each other with small token gestures. This year I am going to try a different route! Homemade presents. Yes family, you heard me right, ‘Homemade!!’

So, I start looking around the house for things that I could reuse as this is supposed to be saving me money. Right, left over jars what could I do with them? (apart from recycling them in my mixed recycling bin). Got it, cookies in a jar! These are brilliant and can be made to contain various delightful treats; I decided on oat, raisin and chocolate cookies and chocolate chip brownies, they will do nicely for my nieces. All I need now are the ingredients, some leftover ribbon or material and labels.


Chocolate brownies in a jar

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients to put inside the jar

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 95g plain flour
  • 35g cocoa
  • 75g plain flour
  • 135g brown sugar
  • 150g sugar
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 100g white chocolate chips


Start by thoroughly cleaning the jars, old bolognese sauce and a chocolate brownie is not the best combo! I also sterilise the jars, just heat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and place the jars on a baking sheet in the oven to dry completely and let cool.

Layer the dry ingredients in the jar (you may need to adjust the quantities to fit your jar) following the order above, from top, starting with the salt, baking powder and flour. Press each layer down before adding the next. The amounts given should exactly fill a one litre jar.

jar 3 edit

Oat, raisin and chocolate cookies

Write instructions as follows on a tag or maybe reuse an old Christmas card and attached to the jar: Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into a lined 9 x 9 inch tin. Bake at gas 4 / 180 C (160 fan) / 350 F for 25-35 minutes.

I have tied a little wooden spoon that I had to the jar just for effect (you can find more recipes at the end of this blog).


Now for the boys. So all the men in my family are football fanatics. One thing I find very frustrating is that each year their idolised team releases a new kit for the season. It is often a minute change but they always insist on buying a new shirt, donning it in honour of their hero’s. This inevitably leaves last year’s shirt at the back of the wardrobe never to see the light again until that fateful day it goes to the charity shop.  Well you know what I am going to say this year? ‘Stuff it’! Yes literary stuff it.

I dig out one of my son’s old shirts, turning it inside out I start by sewing the sleeves opening together, I need to stitch them securely so when stuffed the filling does not come out. I do the same on the neck, trying to retain the shape of the shirt. I then turn it back to right way and start to stuff. For this I use fiber stuffing and some cut up old clothes that are not good enough to donate to a charity shop.

shirt image

Football shirt cushion

You can stuff these cushions with almost any material or even beans from an old bean bag; you just need to make sure it’s nice and full. When stuffed stitch across the bottom and ‘hey presto!’ I have a football cushion for my nephew, ideal for the computer chair, hours of comfort whilst he wins virtual football championships.

Still on the football theme I have a quick and easy idea for the grown up men of the family, reindeer beer to enjoy whilst watching the Boxing Day match. I have bought a selection of tradition bottled ales and utilise a cardboard bottle carrier I saved. As art is not my strongest point I print off some sleigh images  and stick them along with a bit of festive tinsel to the bottle carrier. To transform the bottles into reindeer I simply use pipe cleaners as antlers, sticky googley eyes and a little red pompom for the nose. Really you can reuse anything that you have around the house; buttons, cardboard or paper are all useful materials. These reindeer are also great for Christmas parties and can be done on any size bottle.

beer 1

Reindeer Bottles

Just remember, once the contents of the bottle have been enjoyed, remove the antlers, eyes and nose before you put it in the correct recycling bin.

So now I have got just my sisters left. I had already started their presents about 2 months ago, my homemade plum and rum jam.  I used the recipe from our September  jamming blog and ploughman’s style chutney already to go I just need something to put them in.

As part of our free Recycle for Greater Manchester education experience, the creative education officers make gift bags out of old wall paper with the school classes. I have asked them to make a video of just how to do this.



So that’s me all set for the festive season (well almost).

The great thing is that all these presents are made out of things that are in and around our homes and can still be recycled when finished with. Right it must now be time for a mince pie and a mug of mulled wine.

Merry Christmas everyone!


More cookies in a jar recipes

Oat and chocolate chip cookies in a jar (1 litre jar)

  • 110g porridge oats
  • 110g dark brown soft sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 60g chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 170g plain chocolate chips
  • 165g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions for tag: Preheat oven to 180 C / gas 4. Grease baking tray, In a medium bowl, mix together 110g melted butter or margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place 5cm apart on prepared trays. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer cookies from trays to cool on wire racks.

Chocolate and fudge brownie mix in a jar (1 litre jar)

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 95g plain flour
  • 35g cocoa
  • 75g plain flour
  • 135g brown sugar
  • 150g sugar
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 10g white chocolate chips
  • 50g fudge (optional)

Instructions for the tag: Combine the contents of the jar with 150g melted butter and 3 beaten eggs. Mix well, and pour into a lined 9 x 9 inch tin. Bake in a preheated oven at gas 4 / 180 C (160 fan) / 350 F for 25-35 minutes.

Chocolate cookies with Smarties recipe (500 g Jar)

  • 180g plain flour, sifted
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½tsp salt
  • 100g Smarties
  • 45g light soft brown sugar
  • 45g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Instructions for the tag: Combine the contents of the jar with 80g so butter and 1 beaten egg. Take large tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls. Line and grease two baking trays and arrange the balls of dough, spaced well apart. Flatten each ball a little and bake for 10-12 minutes.



We’re Jammin’

29 Sep

By Amy Chilver

When I got asked to write a blog about preserving, the first thing that popped into my head was the WI and Jerusalem. However, jam isn’t all about village fetes.

At home we have a little veg plot and orchard where my Dad grows all manner of fruit and veg, most of it quite odd-looking and half eaten by the local wildlife. However, it’s free and tastes pretty good. One tree which keeps giving us an abundance of fruit each year is our plum tree.

When we first start to pick the plums we’ll have them in our lunch boxes and stew them for pudding after tea, however after a week the sight of another bowl of freshly picked plums would fill me and my sister with dread. We were then given a recipe by our neighbour (who also has a plum tree and the same problem as us). The recipe plum and rum jam. This jam is rather special and one that my Dad waxes lyrical over. When the mornings are cold and crisp and winter has finally settled in, our weekend breakfasts usually start with a big bowl of porridge and a huge dollop of plum and rum jam. It certainly warms the heart and sets us on our way for the day.

The recipe isn’t long or complex and is often rustled up on an evening by my Dad, who by day is a logistics manager so you really don’t need any culinary pizzaz whatsoever. So here’s how to make plum and rum jam…..


1 kg (2 1/4 lb) plums washed, halved and stoned

1 kg (2 1/4 lb) granulated sugar

3 tbsp dark rum

Step 1.

Place the plums in a preserving pan or a large heavy-based saucepan with 250ml (9 fl oz) of water and bring to the boil.

Step 1 fruit in pan

Step 2.

Simmer for 30 minutes until the plums have softened then add the sugar and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 2 bringing the fruit to the boil

Step 3.

Bring to the boil. When the jam reaches a rolling boil cook for 5-10 minutes or until the setting point is reached. You can either use a thermometer, cook at around 105 degrees Celsius, that’s the temperature at which sugar forms a gel and can bond with the pectin, naturally occurring in the fruit. Monitoring the temperature can give you confirmation that you’re on the right track or use a cold saucer placing a small amount of jam on it pushing the jam along to saucer until it wrinkles.

Step 3 getting your jam to set

Step 4.

Add the rum and mix well, then ladle it into sterilised jars, seal and label. Store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.

Step 4 bottling your jam ready to eat

We reuse some of our glass jars to put our preserves in. We simply wash and remove the label, pop them into the oven on a very low heat for 15-20 mins to sterilise the jars, but don’t leave the jars in the oven with it turned on too high!

Preserving fruit and veg is nothing new but there are some top tips and exciting recipes that can make your pickings really stand out. They also make a great Christmas present, especially if you get that unexpected relative pop round…reach in the cupboard and voilà a little present ready to go.

Hopefully this has provided a little bit of inspiration for your fruit trees at home and to quote Bob I hope you like jammin’ too.

Serious about Summer Salads

21 Aug

It has never been easy to get my family to eat salad; picky kids put the smallest amount on their plates and eat even less. However, I enjoy salad and eat a lot of it, initially it was for health reasons (getting in my five-a-day) but now, more I eat the more I want. I can eat it all day. Last week I got stuck in traffic on the M60 after work for over an hour I munched through a bag of rocket and a bag of mixed leaves!

Having so many new salad options to choose from and with some supermarkets selling bagged salads for just £1 per bag, I have to admit to being duped in to buying too much just because it is so cheap but once opened, bagged salad does seem to go limp and mushy pretty quickly in the bottom of our fridge.

But it is not just me, I found out recently that salads, fresh fruit and veg are some of our most wasted foods, with an eye watering 1.2 million tonnes worth being thrown away, costing us in the UK a shocking £2.6 billion each year[1]. It gets worse, when you realise almost half of the 1 million tonnes of food and drink waste that is thrown away whole or unopened is fresh veg and salads[2].

So even though I think my contribution is just a £1 bag of rocket, there are literally millions of us throwing it away just 1 bag.

Me I throw it away because:

  • I forget it is there.
  • it gets squashed in the bottom of the salad crisper!
  • I make a salad for the family and it is not all eaten.

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) have found out that other reasons for this waste is that we buy too much or we get bored with salad after running out of inspiration. So in Manchester they have sponsored a Salad Days event.

Salad Days image

Free Salad days event in Manchester

I definitely need inspiration if I am going to get my family enjoying rather than enduring my salads. For inspiration there are lots of good ideas on the internet and on the LFHW website in particular.

Handily, for me this weekend there is a Free Salad Days event in St Ann’s Square Manchester  Centre, on Sunday 22nd August from 11- 4pm. The event is  organised by Love Food Hate Waste in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s and Hubbub. There will be free taster salads and summer puddings to sample and they will also be offering advice on keeping your salads fresh and will offer  ‘simple solutions to get the most from what you buy’ it so you can turn those salad staples into salad sensations!

So, if you are free come along- they even have an area to keep the kids amused!

Expanding my salad repertoire

I asked my colleagues to provide me with a few new salad recipes to try out and to pass on their ideas for making interesting salads stay fresher for longer.

The first thing I noticed was that my colleague’s salads were much more interesting than mine. So I have included my two favourite recipes from our team:

butternut and blue cheese

Butternut and blue cheese salad

Alison’s Warm Blue Cheese and Butternut Squash Salad (serves 2 as a main meal)

You will need:

  • Small butternut squash
  • 4oz Blue cheese such as stilton
  • Handful of walnut halves
  • Runny honey
  • Usual salad ingredients (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber)
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar


  1. Put the oven on to 200C
  2. Peel a small butternut Squash and cut into cubes (approx. 2cm)
  3. Brush and coat with oil and roast in a warm oven until just about cooked/soft.
  4. Throw in the walnut halves and mix in with the squash, drizzle with a little runny honey and continue bake whilst you prepare the salad.
  5. Prepare a salad of lettuce, leaves, cucumber, tomatoes etc. and toss in a little balsamic and olive oil dressing
  6. Add the warm squash mixture and crumble or cube as much blue cheese as you prefer over the whole salad mix.
chicory, fennel and strawberry salad

Chicory, fennel and strawberry salad

Lisa’s Tangy Chicory, Fennel and Strawberry salad

You will need:

  • 1 White or red chicory head per person
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • fresh mint leaves
  • olive oil, cider vinegar and salt


  1. Break (don’t chop) the chicory leaves. Wash as dry them and place on serving dish
  2. Chop fennel in thin slices and sprinkle over chicory leaves
  3. Cut strawberries into quarters place on the fennel and chicory salad bed
  4. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the tops and a sprig of mint and then drizzle everything with olive oil and cider vinegar over the top with a pinch of salt.

 Keeping my salad fresher for longer

There is a wealth of info and advice out there on the interweb, here are a few that I think are useful:

  • Don’t put your salad at the bottom of your shopping basket/trolley (rookie mistake!).
  • Keep washed and dry lettuce/spinach/leaves in an airtight tub or wrap washed and dried salad leaves in a tea towel of place kitchen towel in your crisper as it will absorb moisture and keep the salad crisp.
  • Do not wash cucumber until just before you use it.
  • Salad leaves can be refreshed by popping them into iced water for 30 minutes before you need them.
  • Revive your celery, carrots and cucumber put in a glass of cold water in the fridge overnight.
Creamy limp lettuce soup

Creamy limp lettuce soup

For more tips for keeping salads in top condition have a look at the LFHW website. I even found a recipe for limp lettuce and leaves creamy limp lettuce soup -not tried this myself!

All things considered I just need not get duped into buying more than the family can eat, plan better and prepare my salad leaves before I put it in the fridge, can’t be that hard, can it?

Phillippa is a campaign officer with the communications team and mum to a couple of lovely but fussy teens!

[1] Based on WRAP’s Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK 2012

[2] Based on WRAP’s Household Food and Drink Waste: A product Focus 2014

The wonders of the Mooncup (unsanitary made sanitary)

16 Jul

Waste comes in all shapes and sizes and we on the whole do our best to reduce the impact on the environment. One of our communications team staff has a personal waste issue that is close to her heart and definitely one to share……..

I am going to tackle a subject that would make some folk wince, but hopefully by the end of this blog you will have an open mind.

Reusable sanitary products for women. That’s right I said reusable… How? What?  My God, I hear you splutter into your coffee. But it does exist and I’m going to answer all those questions I know you have, because I had them too when my previous manager first suggested them to me.  So please – read on, it’s worthwhile.

I have worked in the Environment Sector for over nine years and my old boss was a real Eco Warrior, whereas I fit more in the Eco Worrier category. Despite this, I was intrigued enough to try it. Honestly I have never looked back; I would go as far as to say it changed my life for the better!Happiness

There are a number of reusable sanitary products on the market, known as menstrual cups. These include the Femmecup, the Diva Cup, the Intimina and more.  I have personally used a product called the Mooncup for several years.

The Mooncup comes in 2 different sizes – one for women who have given birth, and one for women who haven’t or are under 30 years of age. Not sure what happens at 30, I dare not think about this being five years past that landmark!

Now for the science bit, a menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood), and can be worn during the day and overnight.


Don’t be put off by its appearance – it is no bigger than a tampon. It folds down easily for inserting and is much more comfortable than a tampon.  Removal takes a bit of getting used to as it is a little like a suction cup, however once you get the knack, it’s like all things new – it’s just a case of a short period of adjustment, no pun intended!

Yes, you do have to wash it out but it’s no major issue just ’tip and rinse’, easy!  Most toilets have sinks in them these days.  The only minor inconvenience you may have when you are out and about, is the location of a lavatory.  However, you can safely wear the cup for up to 8 hours at a time so most of this will be done in the privacy of your own home.

As I said earlier, the cup has been a revelation for me and it seems the same for Genny Wilkindon-Priest from the Daily Mail. They are easy to use, comfortable, safe, durable, dispels all of those myths we were taught as you can see what your period flow is like (may seem yucky, but I agree with the Daily Mail article, it made me feel more connected to my body).  They are environmentally friendly (less waste) but most importantly, the Mooncup has saved me lots of money on disposable sanitary products. Also as I am quite a dizzy ‘non’ blonde, I never get caught short of not having anything with me due to it being reusable, a huge bonus for me.

Some interesting facts

The Mooncup is latex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches.

On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which have been known to end up in landfill or even in the sea. Multiply that by the UK population of women (26,674,000) over the age of 15,( index mundi 2014) that’s just over 293 billion products being disposed of a year!Kotex ad

Let’s apply some maths to this, based on averages we can deduce the following: if a woman menstruates for 40 years and buys a pack of disposables every month for an average cost of £4. Over the lifetime of a woman that could cost a total of £1,920. A reusable product may have big upfront costs (under £20 each) but over its lifetime, will save you serious money which you could spend on……. a holiday, handbag or those pair of shoes you have been coveting but thought you couldn’t afford!

You can also buy products such as reusable pads, similar in design concept to reusable nappies, something I have never tried but include similar benefits.

Convinced yet? Here are some more reasons to try them. It’s good to know there are choices out there for women, reusable products may not be for everyone but my advice would be to try it, you never know, you might like it. Lets know your thoughts.

Top Tips for the ‘Tip’

22 Apr

Or as we like to call it in the industry the ‘recycling centre’, no matter how hard we try this name just doesn’t seem to stick. We understand why ‘tip’ is used; it’s easy to say and that’s what residents know it as. To quote Shakespeare, “what’s in a name?”

Most people acknowledge the changes that have been made in the industry in recent years with over 20 separate recycling streams for the stuff we don’t need any more and want to tip somewhere.

Recycling Centre Sign

Recycling Centre Sign

Today, most of that waste is transformed into new products, i.e. plastic bottles can be made into new football shirts; metals turned into iPods or new drinks cans; glass can be made into more glass bottles.

As for the non- recyclable items, this doesn’t go to waste; it’s turned into green energy! The power you use at home may have resulted from disposing of your waste at the tip. Long gone are the days of putting it all in a big hole in the ground.

In Greater Manchester we have a network of 20 recycling centres all of which are new or have been refurbished; they get used a lot which is great. Last year, across all 20 centres we recycled 54% and 68% was turned into green energy.

The sun is shining and Spring is upon us and so is May bank holiday and this is when the recycling centres are at their busiest (residents de-cluttering at home and spring cleaning). We thought it would be a good idea to provide you with some ‘top tips’ to use when visiting the recycling centre to make your visit simple and stress free. (All of the advice below is based on experience and true life stories):

1. Preparation is key – The recycling centres are designed to make recycling easy; by following these few simple steps it will make your visit even easier:

  • Segregate your recyclable items (check your local recycling centre to see what recycling they take); this will make unloading your vehicle quicker.
  • The recycling centres are predominately designed for vehicle access, and operate a height barrier set at two metres. Don’t even chance it if you think your vehicle is close to this height as we have had vehicles get through when they are loaded and not get out the other side once unloaded! If you have a vehicle above this height, we do have recycling and disposal facilities available at our larger plant facilities. See our website for the closest one to you before you leave home.
  • If you are pulling a trailer make sure the load is lower than two metres, as you can see from the picture below, your vehicle may clear the barrier but the load may not and this can cause damage to your vehicle and our lovely stripy barriers.
Trailer loaded to above 2 metres that caused damage to the barrier and the residents car

Trailer loaded to above 2 metres that caused damage to the barrier and the residents car

Staff are there to assist, but if you are bringing heavy or awkward sized items, please consider whether to bring along someone to help you (is it a 2 person job?)

2. Don’t tip the wrong stuff – When you have located the correct recycling container to tip your waste please ensure that you only recycle what you intended to.

  • Make sure you put your car keys in your pocket before throwing things into the containers; otherwise it may be ‘hook a duck’ time for staff. The recycling containers hold tonnes of waste so it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack!
  • Make sure there is nothing valuable that you have accidentally put in with your recycling.
  • Make sure any jewellery on your throwing hands is secure! We recently saved Neil’s wedding ring as well as a lot of earache from the wife!

3 .Leave the site safely – This may sound like common sense ‘how could I not exit safely,’ but it is worth remembering to do the following:

  • (See Point 1) make sure you check your vehicle height and remember your car may appear shorter when loaded.
  • Ensure your boot is closed before you exit, this is especially important if your car is a hatchback. Open boots will stop you and everyone else from leaving.

4. Make the most of it – Make sure you get the most out of this service; all recycling centres are open during the summer from 8am to 8pm (except Salford Road, Bolton). See what can be recycled and disposed of here and if you want to know what happens to your recycling all the information is here.

  • However don’t be surprised if you’re a frequent visitor, that you are asked a few questions. Recycling Centres are for Greater Manchester residents only; commercial operators need to pay for disposal of their waste. We try and protect this service from abuse so it remains a high quality service for all.
  • Lastly, don’t forget Greater Manchester residents can use any of the 20 recycling centres in the network, so you may want to check out our recycling centre map to check which one suits your requirements.

Spring is in the air..

12 Mar

It’s time for Spring cleaning again, a chance to open your windows and clear away the winter cobwebs! So don’t forget when you clear out your draws and cupboards the garage and the garden shed you can take all of your unwanted items to your local recycling centre. Think how much space you can make in your home and garden!

In Greater Manchester we have a network of 20 recycling centres that provide residents with a wide range of recycling and waste disposal opportunities. You may be surprised with what you can take to the recycling centres. Generally if it is from your house or garden you can bring it along to a recycling centre, where we can recycle it or it can be used for energy recovery.

At your recycling centre you can take a wide range of standard materials for recycling:

HWRC recycling material icons image

Did you know that you can also take a lot more items that you may have otherwise thrown away?

For example:

  • Odd socks, nylon and wool tights or stockings and  underwear as well as clothing and textiles too worn for use, all of these can be put into our textile bank at your local recycling centre.
  • DVDs and CDs with or without cases, books (damaged or not). They can all be put into our media bank where the items will later be sorted for reuse or recycling.
  • Left over paint- we take all paint, gloss and emulsion. Any gloss paint will need to go into the hazardous waste bin – just ask staff on site for help.
  • Did you know that as well as taking your old car oil we can also take your old cooking oil, which is reprocessed in the UK for biofuels?


Smart Apps:

Remember, if you have a smartphone you can download the Recycle for Greater Manchester app which has a ‘find my nearest’ function which lists all our recycling centres, opening times, addresses and postcodes. If you have activated your mobile location function it will also show you a map of how to get there!  Just go to the App Store or Play Store on your mobile device and search for Recycle for Greater Manchester.


Nothing goes to waste!

The good news is, if we cannot recycle it we will use it to create energy from waste.

If you want to know more about what we do with the items you take to your recycling centre visit our website or book to visit one of our FREE open days which run throughout the year.

If we cannot recycle it we will use it to create energy from waste. If you want to know what we do with the items you take to the recycling centre find out more.




Why not use up your leftovers on Pancake Day?

17 Feb

Traditionally pancakes were made to use up perishables such as butter, milk and eggs the day before Lent begins Making pancakes is  also a good opportunity to use up any leftovers of items from your fridge and kitchen cupboards before they are out of date. In the UK, we still waste around £60 worth of food per month by throwing away food that could have been eaten. A fifth of the food we buy ends up as waste, and about 60% of that could still have been eaten.

Research has shown that milk is one of the three top items being thrown away unused in British homes along with bread and potatoes. There is an incredible 5.9milliion glasses of milk wasted on a daily basis in the UK. The main reasons for the waste is the fact that we sometimes  buy more than we need and we are unsure about how to store food to keep it fresh. Quite often, we are unsure about  food date labelling and over-estimate portions. So instead of throwing away leftovers or overripe fruit today, use them up by creating a tasty pancake filling.

pancakesPancake batter is simple to make and there are loads of pancake recipes to be found online. To create the basic pancake you will need is a few ingredients; flour, milk, and eggs. Just about anything you put in a pancake will taste great, you can even add fruit, nuts, berries or even chocolate to your batter. If you need to shop for your pancake day treat remember to take a shopping list and only buy what you need to create the prefect waste-free meal.

Pancakes are popular around the world; why not try a different type of pancake today? There is the American buttermilk pancake, or Russian pancakes called blinis, which are made from buckwheat flour, try them served with smoked salmon, sour cream or crème fraiche. If you fancy something savory try an Indian Gujarati pancake with spicy potatoes and yoghurt. Or for a delicious  dessert you can make quick and easy sweet fillings using overripe fruit chopped and stirred through yoghurt or cream.

Enjoy your pancake day, if you do have leftover batter keep it fresher for longer– pour it into an clean plastic milk bottle and it will stay fresh in your fridge for a few days’, it will separate so just give it a quick shake before you use it.

Got a favourite pancake recipes, filling or handy tips? Share it with us via Twitter @recyle4gm or our Facebook page!


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