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Cooking with Surplus…Isabel’s Blueberry Banana Bread

24 January 2020

A delicious blueberry banana bread to go along with your January cuppa!

“In addition to hosting the event and providing food for those who can attend, we also supply the recipes for the dishes we have made so attendees can build up a back catalogue of recipes to make themselves!”

Isabel Rice, Senior Dietitian and Manager of social supermarket Food Point

Joining us for this week's cooking with surplus blog is Isabel Rice, Senior Dietitian and Manager of social supermarket Food Point, located at Centrepoint in Lambeth.

Food Point run a pop up shop for young homeless people. Shelves are stocked with surplus and other donated items in order to make it easy for young people to do their weekly shop at a very low cost. In addition to the weekly pop up shop Isabel and the team run regular social events including a group meal cooked from FareShare's surplus food.

Isabel wants to ensure people have the tools and recipes to do it themselves and shares any hints and tips she can with guests.

“In addition to hosting the event and providing food for those who can attend, we also supply the recipes for the dishes we have made so attendees can build up a back catalogue of recipes to make themselves!”

Isabel's Blueberry Banana Bread is just one of the treats you can see on offer at a Food Point social!

FareShare provide food to charities and community groups all over the UK, helping projects like Food Point to support and empower others. FareShare and Honest Crust have teamed up to find the best surplus recipes from our community chefs and we are sharing our favourite recipes every week. Find our more about our collaboration with Honest Crust by visiting their website.

Isabel's top tip: Keep a cupboard full of spices/herbs/seasonings so you can easily add flavour and excitement, google an ingredient if you are unsure what to do – loads of recipes and flavour combinations will come up, freeze things you don't need now, you can freeze pretty much anything, and wilting vegetables into a soup or stew or curry, and ripe fruit into a smoothie. A particular favourite of ours/the young people is to bake excess fruit or vegetables into a cake!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas
1 pack of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup caster sugar
1 cup self raising flour
½ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180℃.
  2. Grease a cake tin with butter or oil.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix together.
  4. Mash the banana in another bowl and whisk in the eggs.
  5. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, add the oil and mix in. Add all the blueberries and mix together.
  6. Pour mixture into cake tin.
  7. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  8. To check if the cake is cooked, insert a skewer/knife into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.