A community cookbook has been published by a group of residents from Partington.

Titled ‘From Plot to Plate’, the 38 page fully illustrated book contains six soups recipes, twelve main courses and eight puddings, along with hints and tips for a healthy diet and how to save time.

Jointly funded by housing association, Your Housing Group, which owns and manages 1,500 properties in Partington and Trafford Borough Council, the book explains how to make tasty, nutritious meals from fresh fruit and vegetables grown on an allotment.

More than 50 recipes were submitted and 26 made the final selection, all designed to make the most of the home-grown produce. They include pea and mint soup, red pepper and white bean soup, African stew, Chicken Biryani, smoked Salmon and asparagus risotto and Spanish style sausage casserole. The book ends with a tempting menu of ‘Sweet Treats’ including a caramel apple crumble, rhubarb Eaton mess and Scottish raspberry dessert.

Also included is an ‘eatwell plate’ to help advise on a balanced diet as well as a guide to weights and measures. 

Liz Cole from Trafford College who runs the St Mary’s Community Allotment project said: “All the recipes came from local people who live and work in Partington. We found that people were growing the vegetables but didn’t know how to make tasty dishes with them. So all the recipes are based on what you can do with what you grow. The dishes were prepared, cooked, tasted and photographed in the community kitchen where the Meet and Eat lunch group cook so it really was a community effort. We hope people will try the recipes, experiment and savour the results.”

Copies of the book are a available at Partington Library priced at £5 or can be downloaded for free from the Trafford Partnership and Your Housing Group websites. To order multiple copies please contact Jan Brown at Your Housing Group on janet.brown@yourhousinggroup.co.uk or telephone 0161 775 8421.


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