Recycling bosses teach people how to cook without wasting food
ANYONE who has ever has had the fortune — some would say misfortune — to sample a tasty dish served up by yours truly would testify that I am no Jamie Oliver.
So given the chance of taking part in a cookery class, aiming to show how to transform even the most basic ingredients into a plate of food to remember, I would bite your hand off.
Organised by Recycle for Greater Manchester, the Love Food Hate Waste cookery class, as well as showcasing new recipes for amateur chefs to get their teeth into, aims to highlight the importance of cutting down on food waste.
They say that the average family of four could save up to £680 per year just by changing the way they shop, store and cook food.
And judging by the turnout at the session I went along to on a wet Monday night, that statistic is very appealing to a number of people.
The scale of the problem that food waste has become was just last week brought into reality by figures released by supermarket giant Tesco.
The statistics show 8,500 tonnes of food waste were generated at its stores and distribution centres in the first half of 2013 alone — and that 40 per cent of apples are wasted with just under half of bakery items regularly thrown away.
The free session was led by Gideon Foster of Cracking Good Food, a social enterprise which teaches people around the region to cook cheaply and efficiently.
On the menu was a vegetable tagine, using parsnips, potatoes, onions, carrots, cucumber and almonds.
The near 20-strong group of punters were tasked with slicing and dicing the vegetables, which were then put into the stove, which was left in Gideon’s capable hands.
Helen Roadhouse, of Cracking Good Food, who also helped to lead the session, said the classes were about using what food people have to create a spectacular dish on a budget.
“We want people to learn to cook cheaply. It is about using what you have in your cupboard. Just a little bit of spice could really transform what might look like a boring meal into something brilliant.
“It is about supporting people. Sometimes they feel a little intimidated when exper-imenting.”
After all the hard work, we are allowed to tuck into the finished product.
I may not have left as the next Heston Blumenthal, but I got home armed with some useful money saving tips.
For more information and tips visit lovefoodhate waste.com • The next free Love Food Hate Waste cookery class in Bolton takes place on Wednesday, December 4, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Halliwell UCAN Centre, in Hatfield Road, Halliwell.
For information call tracey@ crackinggoodfood.org or call 0798 990 6416.
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