The idea behind today was to ask our growers and other residents in Breightmet to bring a carrot, potato, onion or other vegetables that they might have spare to our food growing Hub site to enable us to cook a large meal. There were a few reasons why we came up with the idea of doing this way, firstly it gave our growers a chance to see some of the meals that can be made from fresh ingredients, secondly it gave people on the estate who attended a healthy meal in their bellies, and thirdly those who had hardly anything (or nothing) in the cupboards could join in and get to eat with us. Jean a founder member of our team took the lead with todays cooking session.
For the first half hour of this session there was only a handful of people who came to the site. then from out of know where the site suddenly filled up with people very quickly, it was game on big time! Local residents Mick and partner Maggie, and their Cousin Alan Chadwick pitched in helped Jean with the Cooking, whilst project worker Charlotte kept the younger children occupied by playing games with until the food was cooked.
In the end we managed to feed everyone on the site with a lovely vegetable curry served with Basmarti rice and chappatti, by our estimations we gave out around thirty five to forty portions of food to those who attended. It was also great to people from diverse global communities who have recently moved onto the estate attending the event along with the older more established community.
All in a all a great day, still shocked and over the moon with the amount of people that turned up, there is definately a need for these types of events to run at least once a month, people on the estate get to know each other and get to eat healthy food together at the same time. just a quickie before I go, there is a minutes video footage of today here, I would have liked to have made a longer one but got busy giving food out and helping with the tidying up.