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New app from Love Food Hate Waste helps consumers save £££’s while on the move

Help is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’, thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW).

Launched today (Wednesday, April 24th) and available for both iPhone and Android devices, the app enables users to organise a wide range of information and features, and tailor this to their own, individual requirements.

2.LFHW appThe free app offers a host of features including:

  • ‘My kitchen’ – store details of all the foods you’ve got at home in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Add ‘use by’ reminders so you don’t waste food
  • Portion planner and a meal planning diary
  • 100s of great recipes (with new ones regularly added) with simple, step-by-step instructions
  • A feast of helpful tips and ideas from LFHW
  • Keep a record of your own creations by adding your recipes to a ‘My cookbook’ section
  • Rate and share recipes
  • Portion planner and a meal planner diary
  • ‘Shopping list’ not only tracks everything you need for your planned meals, but also alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients.  Instantly ‘unpack’ your food purchases into your virtual kitchen

3.LFHW app

The updated app also offers a ‘My profile’ area where users can record what they’ve cooked, culinary ‘achievements’, and, the chance to opt for connecting via Facebook or Twitter with friends and family who also use the app.

“This all-new app, which is free to download and use, builds on the knowledge and expertise LFHW has gained over the years,” said LFHW’s Emma Marsh.

“In the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year, much of which could have been eaten. This good food and drink costs us around £12bn a year, and the average household could save up to £50 a month by making the most of the food they buy.

“Wasting less food is not only good for our pockets, but it’s also good for the environment, helping to save energy and water, and reducing our carbon footprint,” she added. “By making all this information available via the new free app, we want to make it even easier for people to get the most from the food they buy.”

1. LFHW app

Smartphone users can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

To download the iphone version:

To download the android version:

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Food and cooking demo goes down a treat

There might have been a bit of a chill in the air but there were plenty of hot and spicy treats for the large crowds that gathered throughout the day for Lewisham’s first Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) cooking demonstration.

Richard cooks up a few treats for all the on lookers.

Richard cooks up a few treats for all the on lookers.

On Monday 21st November, celebrated chef Richard Fox spent the day just outside the shopping centre near Lewisham market showing people how to make simple yet wholesome food from ingredients that they might on another day have considered throwing away.

 First up on the menu was a biryani accompanied by flat bread made from left over chicken, sausages, peas, green beans an onion, some rice, some flour and a few herbs and spices that are probably lurking in everyone’s cupboard somewhere. This was all cooked and dished up within 10 mins or so and served to show the shopping residents of Lewisham just what could be achieved using simple everyday ingredients.

 As well as showing people simple and easy to cook recipes, Richard was also giving out many tips on how to make food last longer and therefore increase its chance of being used up and of course not wasted (which is what the event was all about). For example, he demonstrated how to make coriander last at least a week longer by simply wrapping it in paper towel, sprinkling it with some water and then wrapping some cling film round the stalks.

He also showed a plastic punnet filled with mushrooms that didn’t look their best and asked the crowd how many people would throw the mushrooms away with many agreeing that they would. Richard then cooked the mushrooms in some hot rapeseed oil before leaving them to cool. Once cool they could be put back into the fridge where they will keep for up to another 4 or 5 days and can be added to stews, curries etc. when required. This method was also demonstrated with some very overripe tomatoes which Richard explained were probably at their tastiest now and would be ideal for pasta sauces.

Shoppers gather to watch Richard in action

A second cooking demonstration is being planned for tomorrow (24th November) just outside the shopping centre again where chef Leigh Adams will be in action showing people how to make simple dishes and to think about not wasting food when there is really no need to.


Stay warm this winter through the Lewisham Insulation Partnership

Get your home insulated this winter from as little as zero pence through Lewisham’s new Insulation Partnership!  Lewisham Council is now working with the insulation company Saving Energy Ltd to offer all Lewisham residents the chance to get loft and cavity wall insulation at the lowest possible price.  All Lewisham residents can take advantage of this scheme, regardless of age, personal circumstances, whether their home is rented or owned and who the current energy provider is.

Having loft and cavity wall insulation installed reduces the amount of energy you need to heat your home by preventing much of the heat being lost through the walls and roof.  Around 15% of the heat from the home is lost through the walls, so if you’ve got uninsulated cavity walls at the moment, getting them insulated can make a big difference.  Homes lose about 10% of their heat through the roof, so it’s also worth getting that insulated too.

 The Lewisham Insulation Partnership draws on funding from an energy company obligation known as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) to offer the programme at low or zero cost.  The funding places an obligation on energy companies to help people reduce the cost of their energy bills and their environmental impact, and they all have a target of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions they need to deliver.  Lewisham Council is working with Saving Energy Ltd to use this funding to offer Lewisham residents cavity wall insulation for free.  If people need their lofts insulated they will get the work done for free if they’ve got less than 60mm of insulation already in their home, otherwise the cost will be £179.  Whilst it may seem counter-intuitive that it costs more to have less insulation installed, this is because of how the CERT targets work, so energy companies are incentivised to maximise the CO2 savings and these are higher where there is no insulation in place, than they are in homes which already have some insulation. 

 The survey is free and there is no obligation to proceed with the works.  To book an appointment you just need to call the Saving Energy Ltd booking number on 0800 954 9689, which is free from a landline.

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A ‘Cheesy’ Story.

As families look for ways to save money on their household bills, many of us aren’t aware that food waste not only hits us in the pocket – up to £50 a month – but has a serious impact on the environment too. Think of a pack of cheese. The resources that go into maintaining the land, raising cows, processing the milk into cheese, transporting the cheese, refrigeration (both in transit and at the shop), packaging and advertising, getting us to the shop to buy it – it would be a crying shame if any of it went in the bin, but it does. In the UK we throw away the equivalent of more than three million slices of cheese a day! But it’s easy for us all to make a real difference. 

Love Food Hate Waste, in partnership with Lewisham Council, has some great solutions to help us reduce the amount of food we throw away. Here’s a nice cheesy one. Hard cheeses can be frozen then grated without defrosting to use as pizza toppings or cheese on toast. Stilton freezes really well without grating and can be defrosted for the cheese board, a quiche or soup. Cheese can also be kept fresher if you wrap it in foil. For more information on storage, freezing tips and great recipe ideas visit

(photo: Suat Eman)