Thanks for a Souper Evening!
WLWA’s first-ever Disco Soup on 27 October was a souper success with over 50 residents coming together to create a delicious meal from surplus food! In the lead up we saved approximately 60 kilograms of perfectly edible surplus food from FareShare and the local Pinner Sainsbury’s that was then transformed into a delicious feast by you and our lovely chef Marie Cudennec.
The night kicked-off with a warm welcome from WLWA and our fabulous carrot friends from This is Rubbish. Our guests quickly set to peeling and chopping onions, spring onions, carrots, potatoes, beets, grapefruits, apples and nectarines faster than we could bring them out! The experience, all set to tunes from our excellent DJ, was a great way for residents to share tips with each other about how they make the most of their fruit and vegetables at home! For example, turning potato and beetroot peelings into crisps by laying them flat on a baking sheet adding oil and herbs and popping them in the oven.
While Marie and her assistant were busy in the kitchen cooking we heard talks from the inspirational food redistribution charity FareShare. Last year alone the charity saved over 9,000 kilos of perfectly good food from going to waste by collecting surplus and redistributing to those in need. Next we listened to a presentation from Olio, the new mobile phone app that allows neighbours to share their extra food with each other instead of throwing it away. There’s already a number of Harrow residents using it and we hope that number grows after the night!
Before the food came out everyone had the chance to test their knowledge with food games at our stalls and learn more by sharing information with each other. Harrow residents could also pick up a free food waste caddy to start recycling the inevitable peelings and shells that arise no matter how good we become at preventing food waste!
While many of us were busy creating delicious second chance smoothies on our smoothie bike, a surprise visit from a wonky carrot taught us all about the strict cosmetic standards some of our vegetables face before being sold in the supermarkets. Now we may all be more inclined to pick up the imperfect ranges at our shops after seeing just how charming and delicious they can be!
We were all in good spirit when all our delicious food came out and what a creative use of ingredients it was. There was an onion beet root soup, spiralised potatoes with Chinese herbs, pasta in fresh pesto made from salad leaves, and apple crumble with quinoa! There were lots of requests for recipes, which we will feature on our website soon. Until then have a look at Marie’s blog for some recipe inspiration!
We hope everyone had as much fun as we did and went home with lots of new and useful ideas about how to reduce their food waste! If you want to stay up to date with us and continue to receive tips on how you can waste less at home why not sign-up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!