Waste not want not

Christmas Day has been and gone for another year and here at Norfolk Winter we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, wherever you were and however your celebrated.

Look familiar? Love Food Hate Waste has a number of great ways that you can use up your remaining turkey. Credit: I Believe I Can Fry
Look familiar? Love Food Hate Waste has a number of great ways that you can use up what’s left of the turkey. Credit: I Believe I Can Fry

By now the chances are that you’ve got a fridge full of food carried over from Christmas Day and you’re not quite sure how to make the best use of it. Binning your leftovers when they’re still perfectly edible is clearly a big no-no, as not only are you throwing money away but you’re harming the environment too.

Love Food Hate Waste brings together creative and inventive ways of getting the most out of your food and we’ve had a look through their website and found a number of great ideas to help you finish off the rest of your Christmas feast and left the ingredients.

All you need to do is click on the title of each recipe to find out how to cook up these culinary delights.

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Take a country walk this Christmas

Need to get out of the house this Christmas. Put on your coat and gloves and take a walk in Norfolk - for example, here in the Nar Valley.

Need to get out of the house this Christmas? Put on your coat and gloves and take a walk in Norfolk – for example, here in the Nar Valley.

For many of us, Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without a stroll. We’re blessed in Norfolk with some beautiful landscapes and getting out in the countryside and fresh air is a great counterbalance to all that turkey and tinsel.

We wouldn’t blame you for looking out the window and having doubts about going outside today but with more optimistic forecasts on the horizon, there should be an opportunity to get out and about without getting wet over the holidays.

We asked the Norfolk Trails Team based at Norfolk County Council for their top picks for great winter walks in the county and they came up with some crackers. Ahem.

A very merry Christmas from all of us at Norfolk Winter and happy walking!

Whether you’re young or old, fighting fit or still working off the effects of a big Christmas dinner, anyone can take part in a good walk, and here in Norfolk we’ve got walks that cater for everyone.

Walking isn’t just a nice social pastime, it’s also a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and see some of the great sights of our county over the holidays.  Continue reading

All about bins

Bins for recycling and domestic waste in Norwich, one of the seven borough councils that will be changing their bin collection timetables over the holidays. Credit: Leo Reynolds.

Bins for recycling and domestic waste in Norwich, one of the seven borough councils that will be changing their bin collection timetables over the holidays. Credit: Leo Reynolds.

Once Christmas dinner’s been eaten and all the presents have been unwrapped, you can be left with a mountain of packaging and enough wrapping paper to cover the floor of your house.

Clearly Christmas is not a good time of year to miss out on a bin collection but with bank holidays, your normal collection day may well be different

We’ve taken a look through the websites of Norfolk’s seven borough councils who arrange picking up our rubbish so you can find your local collection dates and avoid being overloaded with festive leftovers this Christmas and New Year. 

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The post of Christmas past

Only a week to go until Christmas  – where has the time gone?

If you’re anything like us you’re probably frantically out shopping for the perfect turkey, booking your panto tickets and keeping your fingers crossed that the weather’s going to be nice enough to go on a Christmas Day walk.

A Trowse cottage covered in snow back in the 19th century

A thatched cottage in Trowse covered in snow back in the 19th century.

But what was Christmas like in Victorian Norfolk without supermarkets, online booking and weather forecasts? Norfolk Heritage Centre has the answers, and have managed to unearth some fascinating stuff.

The Norfolk Heritage Centre is a great place to explore the lives of our ancestors, whether local or global. It’s also a great place to research wider Norfolk life and communities over the centuries, including how Norfolk’s residents used to celebrate Christmas.

We’ve dug deep into our two volumes of Norfolk Annals, which were recorded back in 1901 by Charles Mackie when he summarised the Norfolk Chronicle from 1801-1900, to find the most weird and wonderful stories from Norfolk Christmas past.

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Getting the #dontdrinkdrive message out

Christmas and New Year are great excuses for a party. It can also be a time of overindulgence, and this combination can be a lethal one if people get behind the wheel of their car after drinking alcohol.

Norfolk Police will be using Twitter and Facebook throughout the day tomorrow to highlight the dangers of drink driving. They explain below how you can keep updated on their work to tackle drink driving in Norfolk.

We’re almost halfway through our festive drink driving campaign and the party season is getting into full swing.

Lots of factors can affect your tolerance to alcohol, so the safest option is not to drink and drive at all. Picture credit: James Williams

Lots of factors can affect your tolerance to alcohol, so the safest option is not to drink and drive at all. Picture credit: James Williams

During last year’s Christmas campaign, 5958 drivers were breath tested and 185 tested positive. So far during this year’s campaign, 72 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving or related offences.

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Share your cold snaps

The crispness of snow, the sparkle of frost and the silhouette of trees bereft of their leaves all have a real beauty to them. So what better excuse do you need than to grab your camera and get snapping some of the beautiful Norfolk scenery?

We’re encouraging people all winter to get snapping their best wintry shots of our county and submit them to the Norfolk Winter Flickr group.

The grounds of Blickling Hall, near Aylsham, covered in snow. Credit: Gerry Balding

The grounds of Blickling Hall, near Aylsham, covered in snow. Credit: Gerry Balding

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The wInterview: Driving in a winter wonderland – part two

We promised you the second half of our ‘Driving in a winter wonderland’ wInterview…and here it is.

A van causing snow to fly up off the road in Norwich last winter. Credit: PGBrown1987

A van causing snow to fly up off the road in Norwich last winter. Credit: PGBrown1987

In the second half of our chat, Iain Temperton, Manager of Casualty Reduction, Education and Development at Norfolk County Council, tells us how you can avoid skidding, how much sooner you should be braking and why snow and ice are far from the only weather conditions that could cause road accidents this winter.

And once again, you can listen to this wInterview by using the audio players at the bottom of this blog post.

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