Food Waste Recycling

(First published on Culinary Conundrums May 2013)

To our children who are growing up in a different age to us, sadly denoted by various Facebook status that remind us of how good things were, to secretly imply that there is nothing good about the here and now will thankfully be amazed that when we were kids the idea of recycling was pretty much unheard of. Once a week our streets are littered with a multitude of different coloured bins varying from council to council. Grey bins for general waste, brown bins (big and small) for garden waste and cardboard. Blue bins for cans and bottles. Some of us have grown up with a compost bin in the garden or have embraced the idea and been out and bought one of those Dalek shaped compost bins and stuck it at the bottom of the garden but in some councils, mine being Stirling council things have moved on. Along with the glass, the bottles, cardboard and “general” waste we now have the food waste recycling. Yes I know that’s not new you cry but what is new is they have got it right this time. Two caddies, one for in the household and a larger one outside; with biodegradable liners to boot there is no excuse not to get on the bandwagon. But this is not all, take a visit to the local recycling depo and you will find a “compost pick up”. That’s right all the waste we put out at the front door is there and available “free of charge”, granted paid for through council taxes. There is however a very wholesome feeling of lifecycles completing when you are shoveling it into the flower bed or even onto beds in preparation for this year’s runner beans to sprout up.

After dragging myself up out of reveres of the Good Life and the odd secret teenage angst over Felicity Kendal there is a danger here because let’s face it we are a consumer society and now we have just given ourselves and easy out. Now the rather sad looking lettuce or pepper goes guilt free into that food caddie happy that we are doing our bit. Only last week as we were unpacking the weeks shopping did we find that we had bought in broccoli for the weeks dinners despite the fact that we had three heads of broccoli already in the fridge. Rather than waste it I came up with the following recipe for Broccoli soup. When I say came up with it, I have no doubt that the internet is littered with similar if not the self same however it is a great and easy way to set yourself up with lunches for the week (saves eating those pre-pack sarnies from the canteen).


Broccoli Soup
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4
A great way to avoid banishing your dilapidated broccoli to the recycling bin
  • Oil for frying (rapeseed or olive oil)
  • Two Onions (chopped)
  • Three Heads of Broccoli (about 700g)
  • Two Large Potatoes (diced)
  • 1 Litre of stock (keep it vegetarian if you will but I used a mix of homemade chicken stock and one of those Knorr Veg pots)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • A dash of Double Cream (optional)
  • Chives (chopped) – for garnish
  1. Add the oil to a hot saucepan and fry the onions until translucent but not browned
  2. Add Broccoli, Potatoes and stock
  3. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes (or until vegetables are tender)
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool then blitz with a hand blender or liquidiser
  6. Check seasoning and adjust to taste and add a little cream if desired
  7. Serve in bowl garnished with a few chopped chives
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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