Family wellbeing is at the heart of our organisation. The activities and projects our families create our centered around challenging isolation and promoting a holistic approach to wellbeing. Basically it means we believe you cant really improve your body without really improving your mind or environment.
Every Tuesday afternoon we have a range of wellbeing and mindfulness activities for under fives and thier families.
"The warm welcoming atmosphere, the lovely staff who run the club and the rich activities available for the children." - Family survey 2018, Why are we unique?
Thanks to all the organisation and people that has supported our food surplus project which has now come to an end, it’s been great working with Marks and Spencer, Neighbourly and Skills and Care.
Please do enjoy the recipes, tips and food surplus information we have produced onsite and online. If the opportunity arises in the future to participate in the future we will let everyone know.
Now if you ask me my dad makes the best bread and butter pudding (and if you ask him about it, he is guaranteed to shrug his shoulders and say “it’s a Delia recipe, it’s nothing”).Read more
If we are being honest I may of picked up a few extra pounds over Christmas. This week I have been to Large and Legging it and have recommitted to healthy eating, healthy living and remembering to wash my plastic containers before putting them in the recycling bin.
Marks and Spencer’s Neighbourly delivery from Skills and Care this week included a lot of root vegetables that are stodgy enough to fill you up. But as I know from the 17th quality street I consumed last week, every little bite counts. So this leek and potato soup cuts out the sautéing of the leeks and replaces cream/ crème fraiche with zero fat Greek Yogurt.Read more
Apart from bananas, we also get a lot of sprouts in our weekly M&S neighbourly delivery and do you know it is always the last veg to be picked from the box.Read more
I'm sure like most of our volunteers, while I have had a great summer holidays, I have missed club and the Marks and Spencer food deliveries. So imagine our joy as they started again when we returned, and the excitement of what we could make with all the lovely ingredients.Read more
In a household full of fussy eaters yet short on time, it's easy to become trapped in a cycle of eating the same things over and over again.
Potatoes are something that usually go down well here,( and something that The Big Red Bus Club get most weeks in the M&S deliveries!) with everyone having their own favorites. Roasts always go down well but time restraints mean these are often a weekend treat. So here I've listed some of our midweek favorites.
Mash is a huge hit with the kids can be pretty quick and can be a great way to use up fridge ingredients.
Instead of using butter why not try using mayonnaise, milk, cream, grated cheese, garlic, or cream cheese.
-Chop the potatoes into small chunks so they boil quicker
-Make extra, it stores well in the fridge and re-heats well. It can also be used to make fish cakes another day.
-Bulk out with other veg. Carrots or Cauliflower are favorites here
Jacket potatoes are a favorite for me as everyone can have different toppings, yet I don't feel I have made several different dinners.
-Pre cook the potatoes in the microwave or slow cooker first, then crisp up in the oven for 10-15 minutes to save electricity.
-Cook extras, they freeze and reheat really well
-Sweet potatoes make for a healthier alternative and cook quicker.
Nothing beats home made chips! You can oven cook, shallow or deep fry for delicious results.
-Leave skins on to save time and for extra fibre.
-If I have recently made roast potatoes I use this dish and oil( I don't wash it up unless I have burnt dinner too much!) to make extra crispy Wedges.
- If frying, blot the cooked chips/Wedges with kitchen roll to absorb excess oil.
Pan cooked Potatoes.
These beauties are so versatile that you can use any potato and season in so many different ways that they will go with any meal.
Boil chopped potatoes until tender. Add a small amount of hot oil to a pan whilst you drain the cooked potatoes. Add potatoes to the pan, season and stir regularly to prevent burning.
-Add a sprinkle of dry polenta for extra crispness.
- Experiment with Seasonings; salt, paprika,fresh herbs, garlic, lemon and lime,
-Add double cream, cheese and garlic for a luxurious treat.
-Once cooked add a small amount of butter and mix.
Over the last two weeks local charity Skills and Care has been dropping off Marks and Spencer's surplus produce to the Big Red Bus Club. The Neighbourly Project drops surolls products to a number of local charities throughout Greenwich.
Our users have created a wonderful range of meals and shared their creations on our closed Facebook Group and at the club.
Nadiya's Brussel Sprout Cheese Muffins and Helen's Banana Ice Cream are just crying out to be shared with the world.
This blog aims to share the best of the Neighbourly Projects receipes, the hints, cheats and shortcuts we take to make great meals.Read more