Food recipes made from leftovers – with Cath Gledhill

Sometimes it’s the simple things that over time make the big difference. Things like making meals from leftovers to reduce the amount of food ending up in the landfill. We’ve spoken a few times before about reducing food waste. In this programme we talk about it again because things are happening in the area of food waste reduction here in Dunedin. In August 2014 I spoke with University of Otago researcher Dr Miranda Mirosa about food waste. And on that show she was keenly anticipating research due to be published by the National Food Waste Prevention Project that would indicate just how much food is going to waste here in New Zealand at the household level. Well the research is out –

  •  We throw away over 122,547 tonnes of food a year – enough to feed the population of Dunedin for two years!
  • Avoidable food waste costs the average household $563 a year.

The findings have prompted a new national campaign to help us reduce our food waste called Love Food Hate Waste. The Dunedin City Council has joined this campaign and staff are involved with spreading the word – tips on how we can reduce food waste, feed our families well, and save money as a bonus!

In this programme, we take another look at food waste and in particular we focus on the tasty dishes that we can make from our leftovers! Scroll down to see the ones we talk about on the show.

Cath Gledhill is the Waste Minimisation Officer at the Dunedin City Council. She is enthusiastic to get the message out there, and she plans to work with groups such as Supergrans to do it. She came on the show to chat with me about food waste and ways in which we can reuse our left overs!

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This programme was originally broadcast on  the  30th April 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council. To view the full range of shows hosted by Maureen go to and search Podcasts for Ecoliving in Action.

Cath Gledhill - Waste Minimisation Officer with the Dunedin City Council

Cath Gledhill – Waste Minimisation Officer with the Dunedin City Council

One of the most common items of food waste is bread. Another is chicken. Below are a couple of recipes courtesy of Supergrans.

Bread/fruit Pudding

Loaf of bread or any amount of slices

1-2 bananas (optional)

2 apples (optional)

sultanas (optional)

900 mls milk

Half cup sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Lay several slices of bread to cover the bottom of a casserole dish. Add a layer of sliced bananas, some more bread and a layer of sliced apple then bread on top.

Beat together milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and pour over the bread. Press the bread down until it is soaked in the egg mixture. Stand for a few minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed. Sprinkle sugar over the top and bake at 180degrees Centigrade until puffed and golden. N.B. Can be made without any fruit as just a bread pudding.

Courtesy of G. Glover of Supergrans

Sweet and Sour Chicken

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 Tbsp sugar

1 cup chicken stock or water

2 dessert spoons vinegar

1 tin of pineapple chunks small or large

2 dessert spoons cornflour

2 tsp soy sauce

2 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen

Drain pineapple, combine sugar, cornflour, stock, pineapple syrup, soy sauce and vinegar. Cook and stir until thickened.

Add other ingredients and heat through.

Courtesy of S. Behrnes of Supergrans


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