To mark St Petrock’s 25th Anniversary, Linda our kitchen manager, will be sharing 25 of our homeless clients’ favourite meals over the course of 2021.
Food that brings warmth, comfort and a taste of ‘home’ always goes down a treat. We’ll be posting the recipes here so you can try making them at home. Give them a go, make a donation and send us / share a picture of your dish on social media (#stpetrocks25) – we hope you enjoy them as much as our clients do!
- To get us started, a warming winter favourite: Linda’s special chicken curry
2. Just missed Veganaury, but a real treat for the taste buds nevertheless: Veggie & Tofu Stir-Fry.
3. A sweet treat for Valentine’s Day (and a favourite all year round with St Petrock’s clients): Queen of Puddings
4. A warming winter favourite with a hint of spring to come: Linda’s Chickpea, Mushroom & Thyme Pie…
5. A colourful treat to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March: Linda’s Suffragette Key Lime Pie (with purple, white and green!)
6. Old favourites always hit the spot. Linda cooks her Cottage Pie in bulk for our hungry clients – why not make one and freeze one to drop-off to a friend in need, or keep one in the freezer for post-lockdown guests?
7. A topsy-turvy special for April Fool’s Day: Chocolate & Pear Upside Down Pudding. (A potential for charming bank holiday weekend garden guests?)
8. A ‘down to earth’ favourite to celebrate World Earth Day: Quiche Lorraine. Serve with a crisp green salad straight from the garden.
9. Shakshuka: A speciality from North Africa and the Middle East, as Ramadan draws to a close. This easy-to-make take on poached eggs makes a great brunch!
10. Double Dhal with Carrot & Raita Salad: A special from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to celebrate St Petrock’s Day & Devon Day on 4th June.
11. Sardines & Beans: A protein-rich feast from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for St Petrock’s Day – perfect for rough-sleeper lunch packs.
12. Lasagne: This classic recipe was inspired by a kind meal donation from new Exeter restaurant, Sabatini’s. Traditional family favourites always go down a treat with StP’s clients!
13. Mediterranean Ratatouille: A colourful taste of the summer sun.
14. ‘Ready Steady Cook’ Salad Nicoise: Whipping up a nutritious, delicious meal from a sometimes random assortment of donated food items is StP’s chef Linda’s super-power. This unusual addition of fennel to Salad Nicoise was a real hit…
15. Goat’s Cheese & Beetroot Salad: Linda’s version of this ‘You’ magazine recipe is a splash of September sun in a dish (and a great way of using up allotment produce).
16. Millionaire’s Slice: Apparently first cooked by a kindly Kentish woman to feed hungry orphans, this super-sweet treat always hits the spot at StP’s.
17. Low-Carbon Carrot & Corn Soup: StP’s joined in with a Food and Climate Day of Action ahead of COP26 by organising a low carbon lunch (less meat, plenty of locally-grown seasonal veg). Warming rough-sleepers but not the planet – minimising food miles and maximising taste…
18. Autumn Apple Cake: A warming homely favourite of StP’s clients as autumn draws in – and a great way of using up surplus windfalls at harvest time.
19. Cook A Long Cornish Pasties: Warming and easily transportable, these hearty Westcountry favourites are a staple of roughsleeper lunches. Clients at our Cook A Long skills sessions learnt how to make their own from StP’s cook Linda – now you can too…
20. Slow Cooker Veggie Curry: A comforting curry using store-cupboard staples, with a bit of heat to ward off the winter chills.
21. StP’s Christmas Turkey Curry: This easy recipe for your leftover turkey can easily be scaled up or down – great if you’re donated a whopping 18kg bird as StP’s was!