A greener Christmas in Dumfries and Galloway

The Scottish Government has teamed up with chef Mark Greenaway to help the people of Dumfries and Galloway plan Christmas dinner – and prevent waste and save money too.

Christmas and over indulgence often go hand in hand, but by putting a little thought into meal planning and where our food comes from, as well as being inventive with unavoidable leftovers, we can all reduce food waste and have a show stopping, seasonal festive dinner too.

Avoidable food waste costs Scotland over £1 billion – that’s the equivalent of each household throwing £470 from their homes worth of perfectly edible food a year. And, at this time of year, the average Scottish family spends £170* on its big Christmas food and drink shop – a quarter of which ends up in the bin.

To inspire Dumfries and Galloway to host a greener festive dinner, Scottish celebrity chef Mark Greenaway has shared his favourite festive recipes to accompany your traditional Christmas turkey. These recipes include a tasty side dish of Parsnips with Honey and Fennel Seeds and an Iced Christmas Pudding Parfait with Burnt Orange Jelly, which creatively uses leftover Christmas pud. They are also available at www.greenerscotland.org/eating-greener/.

The Greener Scotland website and recipe finder also offers lots of tasty ideas for Christmas dinner, and transforming your left-over turkey, Brussels sprouts and roasties.

Cabinet Secretary for Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead said:

“Scotland is fast becoming one of the world’s leading food and drink nations and Christmas is a fantastic time to celebrate the amazing produce we have on right on our doorstep.

““Food waste, shockingly, makes up one third of what we throw in the bin – and a lot of what we throw away could have been eaten, costing households £1 billion every year. So clearly by shopping smarter and wasting less we can help our pockets and the environment too. As we go into 2015, the Year of Food and Drink, I challenge you all to make a new year’s resolution to reduce food waste.

“If we stopped avoidable food waste, we’d save around £35 per household per month. By making a few simple changes to the way we plan our meals at Christmas time, we can help transform Scotland into a Good Food Nation which is greener and cleaner now and in the future.

“These recipes are simple, delicious and encourage us to have an in-season festive meal and think creatively about leftovers - I’d encourage everyone to give them a go.”

Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland’s food waste expert, said: “We can all do our bit to keep food waste to a minimum all year round. But especially at Christmas, when people are making more and bigger meals, there’s an even bigger risk of unnecessary waste. With a bit of planning ahead, families can avoid that this Christmas and these handy hints and recipes will really help.”

For more recipe ideas and top tips for avoiding food waste, eating in season and advice on how to live greener, please visit www.greenerscotland.org

Mark’s recipes are outlined below – images are also attached.