Tuesday 22nd November in the cafe…

It was a very busy, but good day in the cafe today.  Jess and the wonderful team of volunteers cooked up a great menu! Here’s what our 70 customers ordered from it, to eat in or take home for later:

  • 29 portions of garlic and potato soup
  • 14 portions of bean stew and rice
  • 24 portions of spaghetti bolognaise
  • 18 portions of margarita, chicken and mushroom, or ham and onion pizza
  • 13 portions of green Thai vegetable curry and rice
  • 17 portions of cherry and apple crumble
  • 14 portions of strudel with poppy seed filling
  • 7 portions of apple and blackberry sorbet

£79.34 was given in monetary donations and lots of people helped out in the cafe area and the kitchen. 6 boxes of food were intercepted from Leeds West Food Bank. They were filled with tins, packets and jars.

Our customers today Included St Michael’s Green Group.  They loved their experience in the cafe and several of them hope to come back again soon. It is always great to have new customers, who are learning about The Real Junk Food Project for the first time.

In the afternoon we were joined by Adam, Nathan and Chris. Chris was preparing a buffet for this evening, whilst Adam and Nathan were preparing for this evening’s bistro. We all loved watching experienced chefs at work. Bishop Paul then arrived to join in the cooking for the bistro. The idea is that he and Adam will show how great it is to cook with ‘waste’ food. Hopefully convincing other people tonight, to start up new TRJFP cafes!

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us #feed bellies not bins!

Friday 18th November in the cafe…

There was lots of tasty food in the cafe yesterday. Nathan and the team cooked up a great menu. Here’s what our 56 customers ordered to eat in or take away:

  • 31 portions of carrot and coriander soup
  • 12 portions of pork pie, egg, ham and cheese ploughmans
  • 11 portions of creamy bacon and mushroom pasta topped with cheese
  • 14 portions of Mediterranean vegetable pizza
  • 18 portions of cottage pie
  • 22 portions of strudel filled with quark
  • 12 portions of cinnamon roasted pineapple with rice pudding or yoghurt

£83.14 was given in monetary donations and a number of people helped out in the kitchen, cafe and food boutique. Some food was intercepted including 9kg of apples, cereal and lasagna sauce.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe yesterday! You helped us #feed bellies not bins!

Tuesday 15th November in the cafe…

It was a great day in the cafe yesterday! Nathan and the team cooked up some delicious dishes. The favourite one was the ‘sloppy joe’ – a brioche roll filled with beef chilli and served with spicy potato wedges. It was perfect comfort food for a cold day.

Here are all the dishes that our 55 customers ordered to eat in or take away:

  • 28 portions of pumpkin soup
  • 29 portions of Sloppy Joe
  • 10 portions of vegan pasta bake
  • 10 portions of sausage roll with baked beans and creamed leeks
  • 7 portions of ham and mushroom pizza with spicy cheese
  • 1 portion of cheese omelette
  • 13 portions of apple strudel with poppy seed and coconut sugar custard
  • 18 portions of apple crumble with poppy seed and coconut sugar custard
  • 9 portions of banoffee pie

£75.19 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out in the food boutique and kitchen. A range of food was intercepted including pasta sauce and fresh fruit and vegetables.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe yesterday! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

Friday 4th November in the cafe…

It was a great day in the cafe today. Nathan, Jess and the volunteers cooked up some fabulous dishes! The burritos were really impressive. From the outside they just looked like a wrap, but inside they were packed with beef mince, cheese, sour cream and vegetables – delicious. Then there was the egg fried rice which contained ham, egg, vegetables and a very tasty sauce.

Here’s what our 58 customers ordered from this wonderful menu, to eat in or take away:

  • 25 portions of root vegetable soup
  • 15 portions of burritos
  • 12 portions of bean stew
  • 20 portions of bangers and mash
  • 10 portions of egg fried rice
  • 13 portions of plum clafoutis with yoghurt (gluten free)
  • 29 portions of apple crumble and custard

£109.56 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out in the kitchen and with the clearing up.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

Please note that the cafe is CLOSED for the whole of next week. This is for electrical repairs. However, the bistro is OPEN as usual on Friday 11th November from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

Tuesday 1st November in the cafe…

It was another great day in the cafe today! Our 70 customers loved the tasty menu, cooked up by Nathan and the volunteer team. Here’s what they ordered, to eat in the cafe or take home for later:

  • 27 portions of spicy cabbage and potato soup
  • 28 portions of beef chilli and rice
  • 20 portions of spaghetti bolognaise and pasta
  • 5 portions of Greek salad
  • 16 portions of vegetable sauce and pasta (8 as outside catering)
  • 1 cheese and tomato sandwich
  • 21 portions of apple cobbler
  • 10 portions of mango, passion fruit and yoghurt compote
  • 11 portions of hazelnut tart

£98.50 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out in different ways around the cafe. Food was intercepted from 2 food banks and included fruit, vegetables and tinned foods.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us #feed bellies not bins!

Tuesday 25th October in the cafe…

It was a lovely, busy day in the cafe yesterday, with 64 customers. Nathan, Jess and Dylan cooked up some delicious food with the help of other volunteers. One of them said he’d only ever cooked for his sister. Yet yesterday he was cooking up potato cakes and vegetable stir fry for many more people in the cafe!

Here’s what was ordered to eat in or take away:

  • 33 portions of country vegetable soup
  • 4 portions of blue cheese and walnut salad
  • 30 portions of vegetable stir fry and noodles
  • 26 portions of chicken and chorizo stew
  • 18 portions of gluten free chocolate tart
  • 15 portions of banana fritters
  • 10 portions of cherry or apple pie
  • 17 portions of banana smoothie

£86.89 was given in monetary donations. Various people helped out in the cafe, defrosting a freezer, organising the food boutique, cleaning and tidying.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe yesterday! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

This week we are open:

  • Thursday, 10am till 4pm
  • Friday, 10am till 4pm
  • Rainbow Bistro – Friday, 6pm till 7.30pm – SOLD OUT

Friday 21st October in the cafe…

Another great day in the cafe today! Nathan and Jess cooked up the delicious menu. Here’s what was ordered by our 41 customers to eat in or take away:

  • 21 portions of leek and potato soup
  • 8 portions of pasta bake
  • 11 portions of chilli, rice and guacamole
  • 4 portions of tomato and mozzarella risotto
  • 9 portions of chicken tikka masala with rice and bread
  • 10 portions of leek, cheese and smoked salmon quiche with salad
  • 7 portions of apple crumble
  • 16 portions of apple and blackberry pie
  • 6 portions of poached nectarines with yoghurt

£76.94 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out with cooking, cleaning, juicing and serving. A range of food was intercepted including the contents of 2 people’s freezers. Thank you so much to those people who contacted us, rather than throwing good food away!

Jenny from Leeds Urban Harvest, spent all morning juicing apples. It’s such a privilege to have freshly squeezed juice in the cafe. A big thank you to Jenny for her time and to everyone who donated apples to juice!

Thank you to everyone else who supported the cafe today! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

The cafe is open as usual next week, but please note that the bistro is from 6pm till 7.30pm. This is because the amazing O’Hoooley and Tidow will be performing at the gig afterwards. If you would like to attend either the bistro or the gig, please book in advance. Thank you!

Tuesday 18th October in the cafe…

It was a great day in the cafe! Nathan and Jamie cooked up some fabulous dishes which our 64 customers really enjoyed. Here’s what they ordered to eat in or take home for later:

  • 30 portions of bean, carrot and fennel soup
  • 29 portions of cheese pasty, mashed potato and salad
  • 17 portions of tomato and spinach penne pasta
  • 7 portions of bagel with various toppings
  • 7 portions of roasted mixed vegetables with couscous
  • 26 portions of blueberry and apple cake
  • 12 portions of fruit salad
  • 8 portions of lemon cheesecake
  • 3 portions of strawberry trifle mix up

£110.02 was given in monetary donations and a number of people helped out in the kitchen. Lots of fresh food and tins were intercepted from food banks, as well as from individuals.

Alex Bateman from Virtual College Bradford came into the cafe today, to present food hygiene level 2 certificates. Virtual College has very kindly given us these courses as a gift for the project. We really value this amazing opportunity to train people! Some of those who have completed the course, will continue to work within the project, whilst others will take their new skills into employment.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

This week:

  • In the cafe on Thurs,  1.30pm – 3pm Ray of Hope Project – clothes run
  • Thursday, 10am – 4pm cafe open as usual
  • Friday, 10am – 4pm cafe open as usual
  • Friday – Rainbow Bistro, 6pm – 7.30pm, pre-gig (George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan)

Friday 14th October in the cafe…

It was another great day in the cafe today. We had the privilege of Nazia cooking with us, as well as Nathan! All of the volunteers were watching on with interest, as the curry and pilau rice was prepared. One of the things that really impressed me, was the way that Nazia shakes up the pan of rice to distribute the flavours evenly once it is cooked. Today’s pan was very large and heavy, in and of itself, let alone the weight of rice and seasonings that were in it too! I’m not sure that I would have managed that weight. Then, as Nathan was preparing food for tonight’s Rainbow Bistro, he was telling a little bit about it. For example, we saw and tried a prickly pear for the first time. It is always wonderful to see the beautiful ingredients that he finds to cook with.

Our 59 customers really enjoyed Nathan’s soup and Nazia’s curry, along with the rest of the menu. Here’s what they ordered to eat in the cafe or take home for later:

  • 28 portions of spicy split pea and carrot soup
  • 27 portions of vegetable curry and pilau rice
  • 18 portions of kale and cheese quiche
  • 14 portions of beef burger with potato wedges
  • 19 portions of New York cheesecake
  • 12 portions of fruit salad
  • 9 portions of cherry or apple pie with clotted cream

£118.44 was given in monetary donations and lots of people helped out with ordering, serving, washing up and tidying away. A range of food was intercepted including bread and sandwiches.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

The cafe is open as usual next week:

  • Monday 10am till 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am till 4pm
  • Thursday 10am till 4pm
  • Friday 10am till 4pm
  • Rainbow Bistro – Friday 6pm till 7.30pm (book on Facebook or in the cafe to avoid disappointment!)

Tuesday 11th October in the cafe…

Lots of tasty food was cooked up by our fabulous volunteers today. Our 53 customers really enjoyed it. Here’s what they ordered to eat in or take home for later:

  • 28 portions of mixed vegetable soup
  • 29 portions of chicken pie and vegetables
  • 21 portions of bean stew and pasta, with or without chilli cheese (8 for outside catering)
  • 20 portions of apple toffee pudding
  • 14 portions of torta andalusa (8 for outside catering)
  • 8 portions of fruit salad and yoghurt

£81.95 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out in the kitchen or in other areas of the cafe. A range of food was intercepted – mainly fruit and vegetables.

A massive thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

This week we are open:

  • Thursday 10am till 4pm
  • Friday 10am till 4pm
  • Friday – Rainbow Bistro 7.30pm till 9.30pm (book through Facebook or in the cafe)