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GUEST BLOG: Spring into action

At the ‘Well Seasoned’ session last Saturday Jules Bagnoli shared her incredible knowledge of how to use food and flavours to their absolute maximum and avoid waste. Renowned low-carbon chef and slow food exponent Jules, who has run two celebrated Michelin-listed restaurants, led one of the free cook and dine sessions Cracking Good Food organised last […]

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GUEST BLOG: All in a day’s work

By guest blogger CORIN BELLOur full-day bread-baking course, Our Daily Bread, kicked off in style on Saturday in our new, very spacious venue at Flixton Girls’ School. The amazing Rob Tomlinson was on hand to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about yeast, sourdough, flours, processes and bread-making myths. The session started with a […]

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GUEST BLOG: Vegging out

By guest blogger CHRIS YOUNG Cracking Good Food partnered up with the Vegetarian Society on Saturday, holding three free cooking sessions for the general public outside the wonderful Post Box Café in Chorlton. This event was to celebrate the upcoming National Vegetarian Week (19-25 May) – we wanted to show how easy and delicious vegetarian meals are, […]

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GUEST BLOG: Wild times

By guest blogger SHARON ROBINSONIt is amazing how much tasty food there is free on your doorstep. Jesper, a cross between Brian Cox and James Martin, shared his amazing scientific knowledge and love of cooking with butter in Fletcher Moss Park and the surrounding green belt. This started right at the entrance to the park […]

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GUEST BLOG: School trip

By guest blogger KIM IRWINTuesday 29 April saw the CGF team at an eco primary school in Ashton-under-Lyne, Canon Burrows.  It was the earliest of starts in order to get set up and ready for 9am… lots of coffee did the trick! We kicked off with year 3 and ran four workshops back to back throughout the […]

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Bean feast

GUEST BLOG: Pound saver

Special blog by Cracking Good Food director JULIET LAWSON I heard about the Live Below The Line challenge last year when Jack Monroe signed up for it. Back then, I told myself I’d do it this year, but it crept right up on me, I hadn’t seen it promoted anywhere and suddenly it was the following week and it […]

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Game dish

GUEST BLOG: Winning game

By guest blogger SIOBHAN KELLYOn Saturday, participants at Cracking Good Food’s Chorlton Cookery School were lucky enough to have the fantastic opportunity to meet the renowned nose-to-tail chef Robert Owen Brown and to cook under his guidance and expertise. The group prepared and cooked three restaurant-standard dishes: wild rabbit with bacon, baby onions and Schnapps, branchlings (baby […]

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Jesper foraging

GUEST BLOG: Out and about

Guest blog by SARAH BENJAMINSA St George’s Day forage wouldn’t have been complete without finding some of the tasty edible mushrooms named after this day… and we gathered them in relative abundance, despite the lovely dry weather we’ve been having of late. Fungi usually appear after rain, but on the evening of Wednesday 23 April, the rain held off […]

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GUEST BLOG: Green party

By guest blogger TRACEYWe had such a great time at Chorlton’s Big Green Happening on Saturday, and the sun was out and brought the crowds with it. While many stalls provided information and fed the public’s interest in local environmental and sustainability issues, Cracking Good Food fed their appetite with a flavoursome Punjabi lentil tarka […]

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cooking outdoors foraging

GUEST BLOG: Inside out

By guest blogger CLIO SCUTTThe weather almost managed to hold out for us on the Early Spring Wild Food Foray in Fletcher Moss Park last Sunday! We spent the day foraging for edible plants and fungi – learning about their properties, learning how to recognise them and distinguish them from their deadly lookalikes, and most […]

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naan vegetables

GUEST BLOG: Rainbow warriors

By guest blogger TRACEYThe guys at the Approved Premises in Salford chose a great menu with which to finish off their six-week cooking course last Friday. A tasty tuna pasta bake was served with cheesy garlic bread (see picture below), and there was a rhubarb and apple crumble for afters.The dishes were carefully chosen by the participants […]

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GUEST BLOG: Life on the veg

By guest blogger TRACEYIt was non-stop at Middleton’s Demesne Community Centre recycling event on Saturday 29 March! Over 200 people dropped by to learn how to reduce household waste in their local area and we were there to share Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Love Food Hate Waste messages.  We cooked two dishes: a tasty vegetable tagine […]

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Rolling dough

GUEST BLOG: Flat pack

By guest blogger TRACEYYou’d be forgiven for thinking the guys would be slowing down in the fifth of six classes at the Approved Premises on Friday 28 March – but it was still full steam ahead with this varied Mexican menu including salsa, guacamole, refried beans, and fajita mix with grated cheese wrapped in freshly […]

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GUEST BLOG: Saving time

By guest blogger CORIN BELLI can’t believe it was the grand finale of our Love Food Hate Waste sessions last Tuesday – what an adventure it’s been! We spent the afternoon with some lovely folk in St Herbert’s Parish Centre in Chadderton showing how to make Mexican quesadillas with refried beans and spicy salsa… yum! Cracking […]

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GUEST BLOG: Flipping great

By guest blogger KIM IRWINYesterday, the team arrived nice and early at Prestwich Arts College in North Manchester to cook savoury pancakes with two groups of year 9’s. We divided each group of 14 pupils into three teams and between them they prepped sweet potatoes, red onions, leeks, mushrooms, garlic and fresh coriander.  The pancake […]

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