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Cooking with Leftovers

Cooking with leftovers film crew.

Cr Mitchell Nadin learnt a thing or two about cooking with leftovers from one of Australia’s most-loved authors Jackie French, AM. As did 10 other people from across the Bega Valley who shared their best cooking with leftover tips in a Facebook competition to win a place in the kitchen with Jackie at Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School in Bermagui.

Australian author, ecologist, historian, dyslexic and honorary wombat Jackie French AM rarely uses a recipe but adapts what she has in the garden or leftover from the day before, plus what’s in the cupboard that needs using up.

The best way to save food is to learn to cook, so you are not bound by recipes but get ideas from them which you can adapt to what you have.

Jackie generously shared some of her favourite cooking with leftovers ideas as part of Bega Valley Shire Council’s Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) bin collection service - it’s not just about choosing the right bin, it’s about changing the way we think about waste.

Simple TIPS
  to reduce food waste

  • Plan your weekly menu and take a shopping list (with quantities) to the supermarket
  • Cook with leftovers
  • Store food correctly so it lasts longer
  • Take advantage of your local community garden


‘Cooking with Leftovers and Storing Stuff Right with Jackie French’ is funded through the $641,400 Waste Less Recycle More grant from NSW Environment Protection Authority. The Waste Less Recycle More program aims to encourage local communities to think differently about waste avoidance, recycling, littering and illegal dumping. It funds projects which deliver conveniently located, value-for-money waste infrastructure that makes it easier for households and business to ‘do the right thing’. It also encourages innovative regulatory approaches to protecting the environment and supports investment in new waste programs.


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