Mary Rutter of Orkney Zero Waste, gives us this delicious, and easy to make, recipe for Orkney pâté.

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With the annual avoidable food waste for the Edinburgh City Council area being 33,000 tonnes - that’s the equivalent of 74 million meals per year or the weight of 165 blue whales - Zero Waste Scotland have put together a collection of easy to make recipes to help reduce the food waste in your home and make the most of the foods you love.


  • 1 small tin of mackerel in oil
  • 1 tbsp heaped or 2 sachets of horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 tub of soft/cream cheese
  • A good squirt of lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • Black pepper to taste


Orkney pâté

1. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork until you get the consistency that you want – coarse or smooth.

2. Serve straight away or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.

3. Serve with bread, crackers or oatcakes.

Tip: Tinned tuna or salmon is a great alternative here. You can also top up the soft cheese with cream or crème fraiche if needed and if you used a fresh lemon, grate zest over as a garnish.

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