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Recipes made local

Recipes and guides to make popular meals using locally produced, seasonal ingredients.

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Most households cook the same handful of meals each week, often using ingredients that are imported. In developed countries we are also eating too much meat yet there is little advice around reducing meat consumption other than going vegetarian.

I'd like to see a guide or recipe forum that shows how to achieve similar recipes using locally grown produce as the main bulk and less emphasis on meat (yet not entirely vegetarian - more using the 80/20 rule).

If the recipes are online they could also cater for when there are gluts in production by promoting certain recipes. This seems like a good way to tie people's eating habits in with sustainable farming methods. 

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

There are already companies producing weekly food boxes built around a menu. Perhaps one of these could be persuaded to try a "local" box. Or maybe a chef could be encouraged to write the guide and make it available online.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Within the UK the ideal route seems to be to persuade a TV chef and waste campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to get involved. I'd love any ideas or contacts as to how to get to talk to him.

Tell us about your work experience:

I used to work in the Finance industry. I now work for myself as an Interior Designer. For many years I have had a big interest in the environment and sustainability.

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  • It’s just been created! It’s existed for 1 day - 1 month

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