By guest blogger TRACEY
It 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 with couscous and a lentil tarka dhal with rice, allowing us an excellent opportunity to show how to use up store cupboard ingredients and veg that looks past its best. Many people were surprised to learn how wrinkled produce can come back to life once rehydrated, and how cheap and versatile the dishes were to make, especially as they are ideal for freezing. They were delighted with the fresh and new spicy tastes and were interested to hear that the fresh produce had come from Fareshare, an organisation that intercepts food from manufacturers and retailers which otherwise may have gone to compost - once attention was drawn to how much food goes to waste, they were shocked and failed to understand how this could be so! It's great to know that CGF fed over 170 people today, each leaving with a good bag overflowing with this saved food to cook for their families and friends - so well over 500 people will benefit from today!
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