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Don’t be left over this Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2011

This Valentine’s Day cupid needs your help! While he is out firing love infused arrows at prospective couples, he needs you to spread the message of love within your kitchen. To do so you’re going to have to take on the role of Cilla Black (don’t worry he doesn’t need you to practice your Liverpudlian accent or wear a sparkly jacket) and do some matchmaking in your kitchen. Lurking in all of our cupboards, fridges and freezers there will be unloved foods – foods that don’t get used as often or have been forgotten about and left at the back of the cupboard.

Surprise surprise!

This Valentine’s Day the fate of unloved food across the kitchen lies in your hands.

Is your freezer home to a bag of forgotten about peas aimlessly rolling around at the bottom on the drawer? Spoil them this Valentine’s Day with a present of a bag clip – the ideal tool to keep them all safe in the bag! Peas are the perfect partner for most meals! Great as a side dish with a knob of butter and some fresh mint or delicious as an extra ingredient to curries, frittata’s and salads. Why not set them up on a date tonight!

Are you lonesome tonight?

How many of us have spice racks with jars of herbs and spices bought ages ago that you never use…. well now is the time to dust them off and put them back on the market again in some tasty dishes!  Herbs and spices are the perfect partner to all meals. They add bags of extra flavour and have the power to transform a dull meal into something exotic. They are also great for leftovers, one of my favourite things to do is add some chilli powder and chilli flakes to leftover bolognaise sauce to make a simple chilli – perfect with a fluffy baked potato.

Let me spice things up!

Is your kitchen cupboard hiding a bag of unloved lentils, bought last winter to make soups and sadly forgotten about? Well this February show them some love and set them up on a date in your kitchen. Lentils are a great addition to many a recipe such as soups, curries, moussaka’s and hot pots. Even better this ingredient is a cheap date – at under a pound a bag, it’s a great way to bulk up a meal economically.

I'm a cheap date!

If you’re struggling with the role of “Cilla” and need help setting up dates for your unloved foods then the Love Food Hate Waste Recipe Finder is the Casanova for you! Simply type in any leftover/forgotten/unloved ingredients in to the finder and it will come up with a selection of delicious recipes for you. And don’t worry you don’t have to be an expert chef to make them. Our recipes are simple, quick and easy, don’t involve any complex equipment and usually are based around ingredients you will already have in your cupboards.  So no excuses for not cooking your partner the perfect Valentine’s Day meal!

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