By guest blogger TRACEY
It's great how the smell of onions can draw a crowd, but it takes some good tasty home cooking that'll keep them! Well, our tuna fish cakes and spicy bean and sweet potato patties did just that at Saturday's Love Food Hate Waste community event in Partington. We cooked and served up just under 200 portions, each served with fresh and crispy iceberg lettuce and topped with some sauteed samphire sprinkled with chilli flakes (see bottom photograph - more photos on our Facebook page).
Our 'diners' were shocked to learn that nearly all the fresh ingredients (120 kilograms of it!) we used to make their lunch and fill their FREE bag of fruit and vegetables were destined for composting had Fareshare not intercepted; especially as Manchester has the highest figures for child food poverty in England. They could easily see that the tomatoes, lemons and watermelons were juicy; the lettuce, chillies and peppers crispy, and the skin on the potatoes and beetroot was wrinkle free and firm. OK, the juices from the onions were going to bring a tear to most eyes, but in reality, it was seeing the amount of food which could have gone to waste that was the real tear jerker.