Pigs anus anyone?

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edible pigs anusBack in February, we were fortunate enough to meet up with Jessica Seldon who is studying for a Masters in Broadcast Journalism in London.

She put together a 10 minute broadcast on waste for part of her studies and came to interview us, along with another family, some experts in the field of food waste and other people ‘in the trade’.

Jessica’s course director loved her presentation and so did we. So much so, we’ve asked Jessica’s permission to share it here.

In the presentation Jessica reminds us that the average family wastes £720 of food per year, most of which is edible. Stephanie from Waste Watch feels that Buy One Get One Free deals are partly to blame, while historian Helen Jones thinks we rely too much on ‘use by dates’ rather than our sense of smell.

Meanwhile, chef Andrew from Cambridge suggests we are so wasteful with food and we should be eating more of the ‘lesser known’ part of an animal.

He cites a pigs anus as being one such delicacy ….

Enjoy the interview; it’s 10 minutes long and well worth a listen.

This afternoon you can see whether my chocolate macaroni pudding was a hit or not.

Meanwhile on the zero waste web:

Leslie shares her recipes for vegetable soup and harvest herb bread – that bread looks amazing!

Caroline treated herself to a new gadget to reduce her food waste. Can you guess what it is? I would love one too and I think it’s a great buy.

Over in Suffolk, Mrs A has been at it again. She’s been eating rubbish at Saints Cafe. Find out what delicious treat they had in store for her yesterday.

Make sure you are signed up and have pledged to reduce your food waste for this year’s National Zero Waste Week; there are two great prizes to be won!

Zero Waste Week is sponsored by Tetra Pak who are committed to running their business in an environmentally sound and responsible manner.


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Karin says:

    The frustrations of living with teenagers and young adults! I do rescue things from our bin for recycling, but I don’t rescue the leftover stale sliced bread in a bag my son throws away at the end of most weeks as on the compost heap it could attract rats. I tend to think it’s his problem, so haven’t bothered to take the trouble of turning it into bread pudding etc. Soon it won’t be in my bin anyway, but maybe I’ll put it in the freezer this week and make bread pudding in a week or two.

  2. thanksmrs G for the introduction to Caroline’s blog, those herb muffins are an individual treat and a good companion to any entree.
    the fruit picker you mention is indeed a handy tool for (nit) picking people…a tarp or inverted rug remnant under the tree at dropping time may avert bruising of the fruit, not to mention the gums.

  3. What a great interview. Loved it. What I particularly enjoyed was the discussion amongst the family and the suprise over the range of things that had been thrown in the bin. Now as for the pig’s anus….I’m not going to show this post to Engin at Saints because I don’t want him getting any other ideas for my pot luck lunch today LOL. Keep up the great work… xxxxx

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Karin: I have all this to come! Although maybe I won’t as LMG has been in training since she was born LOL! Hope you manage to rescue the bread this week.

    @nadine sellers: The muffins look really good don’t they and I think LMG has her eye on an apple picker now (although knowing her she’s be out on the streets using it to grab litter)

    @[email protected]: LOL! I did see some people eating pig cheeks on a TV programme the other week; that was bad enough (upper cheeks you understand, not the lower ones)

  5. Ben says:

    I quite like the buy one get one free offers as they save money. I do usually go shopping with a list however and I’m fairly good at judging how much I eat, so I try to replace two of my list items with the BOGOF, or put the extra one in the freezer for next week and buy one less item then.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Ben: I agree BOGOF offers on non perishable items are great. Making allowances on other items is great; if more people did this we would probably be able to deal with the freebies instead of wasting them.

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