Cracking Good Food (CGF), in partnership with Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) and Recycle for Greater Manchester, started its third round of free food and information sessions yesterday. This event saw us in Horwich’s Resource Centre near Bolton, where we made a delicious vegetarian quesadilla with re-fried beans and salsa.
CGF’s chef Maz (pictured standing, below) started by asking how many of the participants had eaten quesadillas before and only a few had tried them. The great thing with quesadilla - a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savoury mixture - is that it is so cheap and easy to make, and you can put anything in it. To flavour the re-fried beans, we used dried chipotle chilli, a spice that might not be used often but is becoming more readily available, but you could use chilli flakes and paprika power instead. After being shown a few safe and fast chopping tips, everyone got stuck in preparing the onions, garlic, peppers and sweet potatoes for the quesadilla filling, and tomatoes and fresh herbs for the salsa.
While Maz was cooking the dishes, we discussed what we can do to waste less food and therefore save the environment – and help our purses. Shopping habits are always interesting to talk about and if you look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer, make a ‘menu’, and make a list before you go shopping, you can use up the items in your kitchen and save money.