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Come cook with me…come cook with me!

Love food? Love cooking? But hate food waste?…. come and see the experts in action as two chefs give live cooking demonstrations in 2 of Lewisham’s markets.

Richard cooks up a few treats for all the on lookers.

TV chef, Richard Fox, has been talking, demonstrating and presenting at food events around the world for the last few years and this Saturday, the 17th of November at the Brockley Market Richard will be giving a live cooking demonstration with emphasis on food waste reduction from 10am – 2pm.

Richard gives lots of tips on cooking and storing food.

Following this, on Wednesday the 21st November at Deptford Market from 10am – 3pm, wholesome food chef Leigh Adams, will also be showing how to make quick and easy meals from all sorts of leftovers found in the typical kitchen. Leigh Adams has been a chef for 10 years, living in the west midlands he has worked in some of its most prominent pubs and restaurants.

A member of the recycling team will also be on hand to answer some questions.

The two chefs will be dishing out yummy samples as well as advice and tips on how to cook great tasting recipes with leftover ingredients, how to make your food last longer and money saving food ideas.

The cooking demonstrations are part of European Week of Waste Reduction with this years theme on the reduction of food waste and promoting the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which provides simple practical help to reduce waste, save money, and enjoy the food they’ve bought in an inspiring way.

For recipe suggestions and food saving tips go to:

http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

 

 For more information about recycling in Lewisham visit

www.lewisham.gov.uk/recycling


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Food and cooking demo goes down a treat

There might have been a bit of a chill in the air but there were plenty of hot and spicy treats for the large crowds that gathered throughout the day for Lewisham’s first Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) cooking demonstration.

Richard cooks up a few treats for all the on lookers.

Richard cooks up a few treats for all the on lookers.

On Monday 21st November, celebrated chef Richard Fox spent the day just outside the shopping centre near Lewisham market showing people how to make simple yet wholesome food from ingredients that they might on another day have considered throwing away.

 First up on the menu was a biryani accompanied by flat bread made from left over chicken, sausages, peas, green beans an onion, some rice, some flour and a few herbs and spices that are probably lurking in everyone’s cupboard somewhere. This was all cooked and dished up within 10 mins or so and served to show the shopping residents of Lewisham just what could be achieved using simple everyday ingredients.

 As well as showing people simple and easy to cook recipes, Richard was also giving out many tips on how to make food last longer and therefore increase its chance of being used up and of course not wasted (which is what the event was all about). For example, he demonstrated how to make coriander last at least a week longer by simply wrapping it in paper towel, sprinkling it with some water and then wrapping some cling film round the stalks.

He also showed a plastic punnet filled with mushrooms that didn’t look their best and asked the crowd how many people would throw the mushrooms away with many agreeing that they would. Richard then cooked the mushrooms in some hot rapeseed oil before leaving them to cool. Once cool they could be put back into the fridge where they will keep for up to another 4 or 5 days and can be added to stews, curries etc. when required. This method was also demonstrated with some very overripe tomatoes which Richard explained were probably at their tastiest now and would be ideal for pasta sauces.

Shoppers gather to watch Richard in action

A second cooking demonstration is being planned for tomorrow (24th November) just outside the shopping centre again where chef Leigh Adams will be in action showing people how to make simple dishes and to think about not wasting food when there is really no need to.