By guest blogger HELEN TAYLOR, one of Cracking Good Food’s new trainee co-ordinators
On a surprisingly warm and sunny 1 November, the Cracking Good Food team set up our outdoor cooking pods in a community garden next to the Church of the Apostles in Miles Platting for a double session of cooking veggie and bean burgers, and a colourful vegetable stew, all made with surplus produce from FareShare Greater Manchester that would otherwise have been composted. All the participants commented that although the veg was officially past its sell-by date, it was still in beautiful condition and there was enough left that they could take some home with them at the end of the session. But how could it be past its sell-by-date if it doesn’t look as if it is?
Marcello at the stew pod taught mixed groups of adults and children how to blend flavours together to make a tasty meal out of whatever you have to hand, while Maz on the burger pod showed us how to mash beans and sweet potatoes with veggies and ‘barbecue’ spices to make quick and easy burgers that need no special equipment to make. We sliced up peppers, and red and white cabbage, added a simple dressing, and made a fresh, crunchy salad to complement the burgers. Everyone had a go, even the people who were a bit wary of getting their hands into the burger mixture at first, and we all shared the results together in the late autumn sunshine.
Around 30 people dropped in to watch and learn, including some budding cooks of a very young age, youth peer counsellors and church leaders from the local community. Everyone left this lively, free session – organised in association with YPAC in east Manchester – with full tummies and smiles on their faces. Great to see so many happy customers!
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