From Stall to Stove: Simple and Fast Veggie Patties Recipe

Our parent volunteer Ozen shares her recipe for her simple and fast yummy veggie patties using surplus veg from our ‘pay as you feel’ surplus food stall.

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Recipe:

1. Firstly peel  wash and grate the onion carrot and potato.

2. Chop all other ingredients and mix in a bowl

3. Whisk your eggs I used 2 medium till it forms soft peaks, add to the ingredients 

4. 50g of plain flour with half teaspoon of baking powder sieve this into your mix 

5. Blend all the ingredients together 

6. Place your frying pan on a low medium heat adding 2 table spoon of olive oil

7. Lightly fry patties for a maximum of 5-6 minutes until they are lightly browned and golden. 

8. Serve immediately with dip of your choice and perhaps with a crusty roll or brioche bun from our stall

Surplus food fact: Did you know that over 50% of bread gets wasted?! That is quite astonishing. We waste almost 900,000 tonnes of bread every year – around 24 million slices every day. In terms of calories, that’s enough to lift over 26 million people out of hunger*.

*source: Toast Ale

From Stall to Stove: A Winter Warming Soup Recipe

Our parent volunteer Ozen shares her recipe for a delicious winter warming soup using surplus veg from this weeks ‘pay as you feel’ food stall.

Recipe:    1) Peel and chop the vegetables. This week I used potato, carrots, onions and leeks from the surplus food stall.    2) Sauté the vegetables in a large pan with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes, add vegetable seasoning for flavour.    3) Add enough boiling water so the vegetables are covered. Put on a lid and simmer on a low heat for around 10-15 minutes.    4) Serve in a soup bowl with an optional squeeze of lemon to enhance the flavours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on its own or with some crusty bread.

Recipe:

1) Peel and chop the vegetables. This week I used potato, carrots, onions and leeks from the surplus food stall.

2) Sauté the vegetables in a large pan with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes, add vegetable seasoning for flavour.

3) Add enough boiling water so the vegetables are covered. Put on a lid and simmer on a low heat for around 10-15 minutes.

4) Serve in a soup bowl with an optional squeeze of lemon to enhance the flavours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on its own or with some crusty bread.


Joining up with Stay & Learn at Old Oak Centre

Holiday Club children packing the boxes for the Children’s Centre cooking session over the summer holidays

Holiday Club children packing the boxes for the Children’s Centre cooking session over the summer holidays

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

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Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Since February 2017 Bubble & Squeak have been successfully running their surplus food stall for their parents in Old Oak Primary School every week during term time. Providing fresh healthy surplus food to children and their families via their food stall.

Continuing to use the power of surplus food, enterprise and the wonderful creativity of our Bubble & Squeak children we have tried their hand at numerous things, including running pop-ups, exhibiting at Design Week, hosting intergenerational bingo for their grandparents and successfully running their own crowdfunding campaign for a shipping container to store more surplus food. All done using the space of a free local After School Club as a hub to plan and create.  

Behind the creative surface, we are building other ways to engage our local community using surplus food that would have gone to waste using close partnership work with well established organisations.

Since the summer of 2018 we have been supplying Old Oak Community Centre with a box of surplus food to feed their Stay & Learn 0-7 years cooking session over the summer holiday.  With the holiday club children at Old Oak Centre packing the boxes using donated surplus food from City Harvest and The Felix Project arriving on a Monday morning. 

The holiday cooking clubs in Stay & Learn were such a success Bubble & Squeak then signed them up for Mayor For London’s ‘Kitchen Social’ scheme to tackle holiday hunger.  On top of this Stay & Learn have also now incorporated surplus food into their Snack Time during term time. With staff collecting a box of bread, fruit and vegetables for families to enjoy each week on a Monday morning.

Chantel Gordan, Early years co-ordinator for Old Oak Children’s Centres says “the weekly outcomes for our children is brilliant, as not only are they eating healthy food, they are learning the building blocks for eating well, sitting up at a table and using cutlery in a social setting”.

Parents agree with one saying “it is a great opportunity for children to have a meal together, to see how fruit or vegetables are cut.  It encourages children to try new foods and I hope this scheme continues”. 

With thanks to our brilliant surplus food partners The Felix Project and City Harvest (who collect and distribute the surplus food) that make this work possible. We look forward to working with Mayor For London’s Kitchen Social too.

Bubble & Squeak meets .... Day Old Eats

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A few weeks ago we invited Jo from @dayoldeats to talk to our Bubble & Squeak children about her amazing social enterprise rescuing surplus bread and pastries for her subscription box scheme.

She said the children were 'incredibly knowledgeable about food waste & sustainability and their socent is making waves - I regained my hope for the future". The children LOVED speaking to Jo and were so inspired themselves they want to run their own surplus pastries stall in the new year to raise funds for her upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

A big thank you to Jo for taking the time to speak to us. Watch this space for more ‘Bubble & Squeak meets …’ guests in 2019. Exciting!

OpenCell London Design Festival: Exploring Science with Bubble & Squeak

Back in October, we were invited by OpenCell to exhibit our Bubble & Squeak project as part of their BioDesign: HereNow London Design Festival.

OpenCell is a really innovative biology meet design meet technology space in Shepherds Bush Market, built using shipping containers (the best type of containers for startup spaces we think!). They are home to lots of really brilliant start-up companies doing amazing things with biotech. Such as Chip(s) Board, the eco-friendly alternative to chipboard and MDF made using potato waste.

We had been down to the area a few times to visit our friends at Shepherds Bush / Market & Old Laundry Yard, as well as take part in the wonderful Studio Hache’s art workshops.

The biggest question for us when doing our pop up exhibition for OpenCell was ‘what is BioDesign?’ and secondly ‘how does Bubble & Squeak fit into it?’.

We like to see ourselves as innovators with our own startup kid’s run surplus food social enterprise. So we decided to exhibit our Bubble & Squeak story so far in our pop up container space for the week. It was amazing to pull all our work together and showcase the children’s amazing achievements since we started in February 2017.

Secondly, we wanted to use this opportunity to use the language of food to engage our children with bio-design and all things science. So we reached out and pulled together two science workshops, which (to put it mildly) went down an absolute storm with the children.

Science Workshop One: Gene Biscuits with Hasmita Chavda

Hasmita Chavda is a Business Councillor working for Business Launchpad and using her science background hosts science workshops on the side. We invited her to our After School Club in Old Oak to run a Gene Biscuits workshop. The children 'spliced genes' cream from biscuits and placed into another to create a new biscuit with a different flavour or characteristics. We learnt about what is DNA, how to splice a gene and recreated our own ‘lab’ conditions using trail and error methodology. The children by recreating this process also learnt sometimes things go wrong, you get better at splicing biscuits the more you practise it and we really like the flavour combos of a Jammie Dodger mixed with custard creams (amongst other biscuit combos.)

Science Workshop Two: Family Day with Mikkaila Mckeever-Willis

Mikkalia is an ex-chef turned teacher turned Chemistry PhD student at Imperial College. On the Family Day at OpenCell, we came down with the Bubble & Squeakers to get involved with her natural household product cleaning workshop using fruit and vegetables and a secret message writing challenge.

Also on the day the children got creative with plastic with @studio.hache and did our very own treasure hunt with @ashleyscarborough.

Thank you so much to OpenCell for the opportunity and to our scientists to bringing so much fun and learning for the children. We had a lot of fun doing this and would love more opportunities to bring the world of science + food together at Bubble & Squeak.

Come to our next Brilliant Big Feast on Sunday 2 December run by the amazing FoodCycle East Acton with special help from our Bubble & Squeak mini volunteers.  We had a great time at our last one with lots of local families coming to enjoy a delicious 3 free course meal using surplus food. This one will have a festive theme and family friendly activities. 

Remember Food Cycle East Acton also run their free community meal open to all every week at the Centre too. 

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5 Star Review For Bubble & Squeak

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This week we we were delighted to get a 5 star food hygiene rating from Hammersmith & Fulham council, who came and inspected our shipping container. We take a lot of behind the scene care in the setting up and running of the stall and we are super proud to get this result. Its lovely to get recognition that at the heart of what we do, which is redistributing fresh and healthy surplus food to local families of Old Oak Primary School is done well and is established not only amongst our families but with the council as well. Also well done to FoodCycle East Acton for their 5 star result. As you may know, back in July we provided an innovative solution to the group by providing storage in our shipping container for their bits and pieces. They run a free 3 course community meal at Old Oak Community Centre every Sunday at 2pm using surplus food that would have gone to waste.

Bubble & Squeak Showcase @ BioDesign: HereNow London Design Festival

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Launching this Wednesday 19 September, Bubble & Squeak will be popping up at OpenCell: Biodesign Here Now at Old Laundry Yard inside Shepherds Bush Market for the week.

Invited by the innovative Open Cell, who are hosting a line of exhibitions, performance, workshops and talks by international artists and designers as part of London Design Festival 2018. Projects exhibited breaks the boundaries between biology, design and technology.

We are super excited to be part of such an amazing showcase of talent and to promote Bubble & Squeak further in the wider community, opening our networks and scope of possibilities into the world of Bio design!

Exhibitions open to the public: 19 - 23 September
Wed - Thurs 12 - 8.30 pm / Friday - Sunday 12 - 11pm
Family Day Sunday 23 Sept (Bubble & Squeak will be hosting a an exciting science workshop for kids - time to be announced soon!)

To get your free ticket visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/biodesign-here-now-tickets-49037336995

Pitching Pros At The Lilla Huset Professional Centre

Before we broke up for summer, the Bubble & Squeak crew were invited down by Keith from The Lilla Huset Professional Centre to pitch their surplus food social enterprise to his team.  

This is not the first time the children have been involved with public speaking, having won funds at Mayor For London's City Pitch 2017. 

Elly prepped the powerpoint slides, and the children rehearsed their lines all week with Lydia.  We then jumped on the school bus to go to Lilla Huset's office in Hammersmith (thanks Bill for the lift!).  The children then confidently gave an impressive public speaking performance - pitching for support from Lilla Huset to help us grow.  

Many thanks to Keith for organising us to come down.  We look forward to developing further links with your organisation!

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BINGO TAKEOVER: Marks & Spencer Making Every Moment Special Campaign

 

On Wednesday 20th June Bubble & Squeak had a rather special intergenerational bingo event take place at Old Oak Primary School.  

Using the connecting platform Neighbourly Bubble & Squeak partnered up with their nearest Marks and Spencer store in White City, who came to help out at our last intergenerational bingo event of the school year! 

Between 18th - 22nd June, staff from every M&S store in the UK had the opportunity to volunteer for a project that will create a lasting benefit to a local charity or community organisation. A huge range of events was planned, from revamping community centres to hosting tea parties for service users, to visual merchandising of charity shops. 

We were lucky to be chosen by the White City Team who sent down ten volunteers to help out at the event. Everyone was amazing at pitching in to help out at the event, doing a lot of carrying, cutting, cleaning, serving and all-around amazing teamwork! 

The concept followed the same set up as our last event with the children working together with an older person to win a bingo prize.  This time we had the generous prize donations from Marks & Spener team and anticipation was high! 

Thank you City Harvest for the amazing donation of surplus cakes.  We had some amazing feedback from the older people who came to the event, from the prizes to the staff to the refreshments.  A HUGE thank you again to Marks & Spencer White City store.  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

BIG NEWS: FOODCYCLE IS COMING TO EAST ACTON

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We are delighted to announce the amazing surplus food charity FoodCycle are coming to East Acton and Bubble & Squeak are helping them to do it. 

What is FoodCycle?

FoodCycle serves meals across the country to anybody in the local community by using surplus food cooked in spare kitchen space.  

The weekly sessions provide a space for the community to come together, serving nutritious meals and are led by a strong network of local volunteers.  Combating loneliness, food poverty and putting food that otherwise would have gone to waste to a better use.  

How are Bubble & Squeak helping? 

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Old Oak Community Centre are going to be their next London hub and first (woo!) West London outpost.  

Bubble & Squeak co-founder Elly has been working in close collaboration with Old Oak Centre, FoodCycle and Old Oak Primary School to set the session up.      

We are also supporting FoodCycle East Acton by providing an innovative storage solution in the form of our crowd-funded shipping container! 

The partnership is a great opportunity to pool resources between Old Oak Centre, Old Oak Primary School and FoodCycle. 

At Bubble & Squeak we love a collaborative approach to overcoming obstacles to make good things happen in our local community - powered (as always) by surplus food. 

How Can You Help?

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With their first session starting on the 15th July (with the meal kicking off at 2pm) there are 3 ways you can help: 

1) Please SPREAD THE WORD.  Why not show your support and pop in on a Sunday and extend the invite to someone you know locally who might like to come along? 

2) Give their social media a follow and help generate a buzz:  you can find East Acton's FoodCycle social media accounts here: TWITTER / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM

3) Check out their volunteering page.  They are always on the look for new volunteers and sign up is really straightforward. 

Oh and did we mention this session is happening EVERY SINGLE WEEK!?  Even during the school holidays? We are very excited for this to happening and hope to see you there!

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Move To The Shipping Container

Well! What a busy couple of months at Bubble & Squeak HQ it has been with our move to our shipping container space at Old Oak Primary School.  

It has been brilliant to get settled in and have proper storage to run our Monday surplus food stall from.  As always the children still set up the stall and sell the surplus produce from their pop up food stalls.  

The container was funded out of our successful crowdfunding campaign we held last year and we were lucky enough to be put in touch with a local resident who had a second-hand container we could take for free! Fitting in perfectly with our environmental ethos it was great to put back into use the unit. 

Bill the site manager of the school was fundamental in managing the project.  Organising the removal from Acton to Old Oak Primary School, working out if it would fit into a very narrow space (with quite literally inches to spare), organising contractors to install the gates and hooking us up to the electrics.  THANK YOU BILL! 

For our banner to go on the shipping container, we worked with local artist and Old Oak friend Jo to run a series of workshops with children in Old Oak Primary.  Each child designed their own Bubble & Squeak hand, with their usual flare for creative phrasing.  

So far the move from the playground to the side of the school has gone well and we have noticed more parents coming round as the weeks go on.  We look forward to developing the space further and have some exciting news coming soon for a new partnership opportunity coming to Old Oak, making further good use of your crowdfunding pledges.  

The container from the side squeezed into its new home at Old Oak Primary School! 

The container from the side squeezed into its new home at Old Oak Primary School! 

The stall with lots of surplus fruit and vegetables for parents next to the shipping container 

The stall with lots of surplus fruit and vegetables for parents next to the shipping container 

Bubble & Squeak volunteer distributing surplus bread (collected by local parent from a bakery) 

Bubble & Squeak volunteer distributing surplus bread (collected by local parent from a bakery) 

Inside the shipping container 

Inside the shipping container 

Checking out the produce before the stall on a Monday afternoon 

Checking out the produce before the stall on a Monday afternoon 

The finished banner before going up on the side of the shipping container

BINGO TAKE OVER Returns!

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We are very excited to have our next intergenerational bingo event lined up, taking place this Wednesday 20 June 2018.  

For this one we have teamed up with Marks & Spencer for their ‘Making Every Moment Special’ campaign.  For a week in June M&S will be donating volunteer time and skills to causes in each of their local communities.  We will have Marks & Spencer volunteers from the White City store who have generously signed up their time to help out on the day! 

Local grandparents and non grandparents alike local to Old Oak are warmly invited to come along and play bingo with the help of your grandchild or an Old Oak Primary School child.  To book your place please ring Lydia on 020 8743 7629 at Old Oak Primary School.  

With bingo prizes, surplus food refreshments (generously donated by our surplus food partners) and lots of Bubble & Squeak helpers hosting on the day we can't wait! 

Cooking With Wild Child Kitchen

On the last day of the school holidays, Bubble & Squeak were delighted to host the amazing Wild Child Kitchen at Old Oak Centre's Holiday Club! Wild Child Kitchen are London's new healthful food service for children and mission is to inspire the next generation of little foodies with a menu of colourful dishes influenced by cuisines from around the world.

Natasha and Lu cooked with 24 little foodies cooked up delicious Apple & Plum Crumbles free from refined sugars (but just as delicious).  The children had a fantastic time and they loved making and eating their crumbles. 

Wild Child Kitchen reached out to us after our mention in February in Time Out.  They loved we are addressing food waste and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the school community.  

Here at Bubble & Squeak, we think it is so fantastic such inspiring businesses want to take the time be part of what we are doing and believe in our mission of being the change we want to see in the world!  It is equally great that Bubble & Squeak can be a platform to connect our community with such great organisations and businesses.  

A Big Thank You To The Wild Child Kitchen Team! 

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Bubble & Squeak make Old Oak Primary School's Ofsted Inspection

Bubble & Squeak were mentioned in Old Oak Primary School's recent successful Ofsted inspection.  We think it's wonderful to be recognised as contributing to the schools 'good' inspection outcome.  They said: 

"Pupils who have roles in the school's 'Bubble and Squeak' food waste project are impressive and mature ambassadors for the school.  They are making a difference to their world through their actions". 

You can read the full report here: Ofsted Inspection 

Bubble & Squeak BINGO TAKE OVER! A big success powered by surplus food

On Tuesday we hosted our Bubble & Squeak BINGO TAKE OVER at Old Oak Primary School. 

We had over 50 older and younger people get together from the local community for our intergenerational event. 

Grandparents and non-grandparents alike were partnered up with their younger helper. The aim of the game was to skill share and most importantly have fun! 

Hosted by our Bingo compere Fleur (dressed in suitably sparkly attire), the children in their own bingo fancy dress jumped into action when their corresponding number was called out, adding an extra level of excitement to the game. The 'two fat ladies' were a particular hit with the crowd. 

We had prizes too! With both children and adult prize tables of lovely goodies. 

In the interval, guests were entertained by the creative Dance West Final Performance inspired by the superhero movie Black Panther. 

The tables were decorated with beautiful flowers donated by the Felix Project. With food refreshments of cake, biscuits and tea donated by City Harvest and the Felix Project. 

Site Manager Bill went out of his way to pick up and drop off in the school minibus a group of local older people from John Betts Housing to come along. 

Guests on their way out picked up their shopping at our 'pay as you feel' surplus food stall manned by our food waste warrior volunteers. 

A big thank you to everybody who came along, to all the staff at Old Oak Primary for making the event such a success, to City Harvest and the Felix Project for such wonder donations of surplus goods, to Jean from Friendship club for her very kind Bingo machine loan and to Lydia for upping those Bingo standards. 

Lastly to the Bubble & Squeakers at Old Oak Primary School who did such a fantastic job. 

We look forward to the next one!

VOTE FOR US IN THE 2018 FOOD WASTE AWARDS

Another month, another competition for Bubble & Squeak. 

This time we are successfully through to the finals of the 2018 #FoodWasteAwards hosted by Food Win.  Food Win are a Dutch based organisation who run the  'Food Waste Innovation Network', reducing food waste through inspiring and supporting citizens, entrepreneurs, governments and food companies in their battle against food waste. 

It's fantastic to be nominated in the 'change makers international' category and we would be ever so appreciative if you could spare a minute to vote for us by following this link.

The page will be in Dutch (naturally!) and to vote you have to select an organisation from each category.  Just make sure to click us when you get to the international change makers section, leave your email address, answer the security question and click submit.  Easy! 

Online voting begins Monday 5th of March and runs until Friday 16th of March.