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Flour power – Bread making

By guest blogger DANIEL POOLE This Saturday at Chorlton High School a group of 12, plus Cracking Good Food co-ordinator Tracey and myself joined expert bread maker Rob Tomlinson for a fantastic breadmaking session. The group had the opportunity to learn the principles of breadmaking and to prepare a selection of baked treats. This included their […]

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GUEST BLOG: Back to bake

By guest blogger SIOBHAN KELLYWe kicked off the autumn programme of Cracking Good Food classes on Saturday with our four-hour Breaking Bread session at our Chorlton cookery school. The group of 11 each made an organic loaf, then paired up to make focaccia with sundried tomatoes, red onion, black olives, rock salt and herbs, and […]

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GUEST BLOG: Cooking by torchlight

By guest blogger MONICA BURR As the Late Summer Forage on the evening of Wednesday 27 August was my first forage with Cracking Good Food, I arrived a bit early – so early there was nobody at the meeting spot. I thought maybe I had the wrong place but then I spotted some one with […]

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GUEST BLOG: No waste zone

By guest blogger TRACEYIt’s great how the smell of onions can draw a crowd, but it takes some good tasty home cooking that’ll keep them! Well, our tuna fish cakes and spicy bean and sweet potato patties did just that at Saturday’s Love Food Hate Waste community event in Partington. We cooked and served up just under 200 portions, each […]

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GUEST BLOG: Cooking roadshow

By guest blogger ADELE JORDAN We had a great day running our first Community Cooking Roadshow (hopefully the start of many!) at New Smithfields Market in east Manchester. As ever, all the food was supplied by the wonderful Fareshare, an organisation that redistributes short dated and unwanted food from composting, to people in need.  We cooked three […]

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GUEST BLOG: Stockport projects

By guest blogger TRACEY CGF were delighted to be invited to Stockport Residents’ Findings Launch Event on Monday evening to hear the results of how the Stockport Central Food Project is getting on. This is a scheme set up to identify and try to tackle some of the barriers preventing residents from accessing healthy food in some of Stockport’s […]

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GUEST BLOG: Bread time

By guest blogger SIOBHAN KELLY We had another full house on Saturday for our popular four-hour breadmaking session at Chorlton High School. On the menu today was a loaf of bread, garlic naans and focaccia. The participants were also treated to four freshly made pizzas for their lunch made by volunteer Katya and myself, another use for dough. We […]

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GUEST BLOG: Beside the seaside

By guest blogger TRACEYLast Thursday, we teamed up with environmental not-for-profit organisation Red Rose Forest to show pupils from Thames Primary Academy School in Blackpool about the benefits of growing – and eating – home grown fruit and veg. Red Rose Forest have helped the pupils to create an allotment as part of the Big […]

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GUEST BLOG: Sweet and savoury

By guest blogger HELEN ROADHOUSEWhen you end a school cooking session with the mushroom ‘haters’ saying that they love them after trying them in our savoury pancakes, you know you are doing something right.We were at Wentworth School in Eccles running a cookery session for kids who were involved in growing their own food, so […]

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GUEST BLOG: Bread heads

By guest blogger CORIN BELLOur full-day bread-baking course came to a new home this week, at Prestwich Arts College, and it’s great to be doing some more work in the north! The ever-amazing Rob Tomlinson was on hand to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about yeast, sourdough, flours, processes and myths in […]

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GUEST BLOG: Bread matters

By guest blogger TRACEY Our half day bread session (Breaking Bread) with the Boaz Trust on 24 May was spent baking a basic loaf, naans and focaccia with 12 ladies representing so many corners of the globe; Cuba, China, Iran, Kenya, Uganda and many more. Some were able to share their own native breadmaking styles, whilst […]

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GUEST BLOG: Happy in Horwich

By guest blogger TRACEYCracking Good Food recently delivered a cooking workshop at Places for People (Horwich), an organisation specialising in property management, development and regeneration. We set up at the residential setting as part of a Community Involvement Day event. A group of enthusiastic residents and visitors swiftly prepped the celery and onions for the lentil […]

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GUEST BLOG: Foraging in Hebden

By guest blogger SARAH BENJAMINSA gorgeous sunny day enticed us out to the hills of Hebden Bridge on Sunday 18 May, through beautiful mixed woodland, along babbling brooks and gullies, crossing a hidden waterfall, and up onto sunny meadows. Late spring brings an abundance of interesting plants, both culinary and medicinal, as foraging expert Jesper […]

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GUEST BLOG: Wild night out

By guest blogger SHARON ROBINSON Our forage this week was no more than half a mile, along one edge of Chorlton Water Park and about 50 metres of the River Mersey. Foraging expert Jesper Launder explained that we’re in a bit of a seasonal transition period wild food wise – spring has sprung and the […]

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GUEST BLOG: Great bakes

By guest blogger CORIN BELLIt’s definitely the start of summer, and it was a beautiful sunny day when we turned on the ovens at Chorlton High School for some dough-based action with our resident bread-making expert Rob Tomlinson. The half-day bread-making course runs with a little more speed than the luxurious full-day course we ran at […]

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