Friday 2nd December in the cafe…

We had a wonderful team of volunteers in the cafe again yesterday. They did a great job preparing the menu, serving the food and clearing up. Our 57 customers loved the dishes that were on the menu. Here’s what they ordered to eat in the cafe or take home for later:

  • 27 portions of root vegetable soup
  • 43 portions of chicken, bacon and sausage hotpot with roast potatoes
  • 8 portions of pasta bake with pesto
  • 6 portions of vegetarian pizza
  • 28 portions of apple cobbler and custard
  • 8 portions of fruit salad

£79.05 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out around the cafe. Lots of food was intercepted from ITV Emmerdale. Thank you very much to those who brought it along to the cafe!

And as always, a big thank you to everyone who supported the cafe yesterday! You helped us to feed bellies not bins!

Tuesday 29th November in the cafe…

It was a fun day in the cafe, as we had the extra challenge of electrical work in the entrance area. However, we just about kept things running as usual…just using the side door instead of the front door. Nathan and our wonderful team of volunteers cooked up a delicious menu, which went down well with our 45 customers. Here’s what was ordered to eat in or take home for later:

  • 28 portions of leek and potato soup
  • 18 portions of pesto and pasta
  • 11 portions of vegan turkey and chorizo style stew
  • 13 portions of squash and black rice risotto
  • 3 portions of cauliflower cheese
  • 20 portions of poppy seed and apple crumble
  • 16 portions of bread and butter pudding
  • 5 portions of raspberry cheesecake
  • 7 portions of pumpkin blondie with marshmallow cream
  • 1 portion of blueberries and yoghurt

£64.77 was given in monetary donations and various people helped with jobs around the cafe. A large amount of food was intercepted from the Food Bank. It included tins, jars and packets.

As we had so many willing volunteers today, we took some time to clean and organise the kitchen. It was a very rewarding experience, as we found various items that had been lost, and saw the true colour of some surfaces that had been hidden for a while. The stock cupboard is now neatly arranged, with ingredients labelled in tubs. This makes cooking so much easier as you don’t have to hunt around for what you need.

A massive thank you to everyone who supported the cafe today (including all of the hard working volunteers)! You helped us to #feed bellies not bins!

Friday 25th November in the cafe…

It was another great, busy day in the cafe today. Jess, Nathan and the volunteer team did a great job, as always. Our 67 customers really enjoyed the menu. Though I have to say that the rice pudding received the response that you often get to marmite (other brands readily available). People either loved it or hated it. Interestingly the colour seemed to be the main problem. Anyway, here’s what was ordered to eat in the cafe, or take home for later:

  • 23 portions of Mexican bean soup
  • 14 portions of chicken and bacon stew
  • 14 portions of chickpea and potato curry
  • 37 portions of shepherds pie
  • 22 portions of rice pudding
  • 10 portions of strudel filled with poppy seed filling
  • 21 portions of apple or pineapple crumble

£93.63 was given in monetary donations and various people helped out in the kitchen, and in other parts of the cafe.

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

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!