While reading Frugal Girl today I was inspired to start a new tradition on my blog. Food Waste Friday.

Frugal Girl said it all when she explained that she started Food Waste Friday in response to the amount of food she was throwing out each week.

Wasted food drives me crazy and is something that is so easy to do. If you don’t do a proper stock taking of the fridge each week you could easily have to toss hundreds of dollars of items a year.

The waste of money is bad enoough but when you factor in the environmental cost too…I don’t think my Irish, guilty conscience can survive it.

So… each Friday I’ll post a recipe that is geared to get rid of the odds and sodds in my fridge.

This week I have a lot of cheese to use up from the baby’s party last week so I will whip-up a cheese fondue for the husband and my father-in-law to feast on for their lunch on Sunday.

It is easy to do (let’s face-it, this is just melting cheese). There is an episode of “Sex and the City” where Carrie makes cheese fondue and it is awful-other than burning the whole thing, I don’t know how you can do this.

1 garlic clove (peeled and cut in half)
1 1/2 cups dry white wine

2 teaspoons kirsch
4 cups of grated sharp cheese (I’m using old cheddar because that is what I have-traditionally you should use gruyere and emmenthal) tossed in 1 T. of cornstarch.

To serve with it; cut-up vegetables and chunks of crusty bread.

Fondue pot (you can use a double-boiler if you don’t have one)
Fondue forks (use long skewers if you don’t have any)

1.Rub the inside of a fondue pot with the cut sides of the garlic to flavour the pot. Discard garlic. Add the wine to the pot and bring to a mild simmer over medium heat.
2.Gradually add the cheese to the wine pot and cook, stirring constantly, do this until the cheese is just melted and creamy do not allow this mixture to boil.
3.Stir in the kirsch. Bring fondue to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened about 5-8 minutes.

Depending on how you play this or for that matter who with-you traditionally have to kiss everyone at the table if you drop a chunk of bread (or veg) in the pot and lose it.