LOVE your leftovers…nom nom nom

November is ‘Love your Leftovers‘ month, a special event created by the folks at Love Food Hate Waste to encourage kiwi families to eat their leftover food. Every year in New Zealand a whopping $870 million worth of uneaten food goes to waste when people throw it away.  That’s enough to buy over 60 private islands in the Carribean! Meanwhile, we also have many families who struggle to buy groceries each week.



There are a few things that YOU can do to help, and one of the big ones is making sure that good, edible food is not going into the rubbish bin. It might not be very exciting to eat the same food two days in a row, but there are lots of easy ways to jazz up your leftovers to create a tasty new meal, and it might even save you some money.



Couldn’t finish those vegetables? Try reusing them in an omelette or putting them on top of a pizza. Cooked too much meat to feed the crew? Try creating a new flavour of pie. You can even chuck those potato peels in the oven for a delicious crispy snack. For more inspiration, check out these leftover recipes. And don’t forget, freezing food is a great way to store it for later!



Wellington City Libraries are supporting this wonderful event by creating book displays that encourage using leftovers. Keep an eye out for one in your local library, or head over to the catalogue to start searching (and reserving for free!).

Kids’ Club Review by Brianna: Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Tamaya and Marshall have been walking together from school for years. But suddenly Marshall knows a shortcut. Some weird mud that Tamaya finds in the woods has a strange effect on her, which is shared with those around her. Does it affect the whole country? The world?! Read and find out, seriously, this is awesome!

5 stars

Reviewed by Brianna from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

When Tamaya’s friend Marshall goes into the woods claiming it is a shortcut to avoid a fight, the bully sees Marshall and the fight begins. Tamaya sees some fuzzy mud and throws it into the bully’s face. When Tamaya gets home, there is a rash on her hand. She thinks it is harmless but is it? This book is about truth and lies and is engaging to read. I therefore rate it 5 stars and I think children 9+ should read this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: Cat on the Island

Cat on the Island, by Gary Crew

This is a fantastic book based on a true story about a cat on an island.The pictures are really fascinating and it’s an amazing story about protecting our land.This is definitely an interesting book to read.

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 10 years old