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Charly, one of Centre 404’s Support Workers at Leigh Road has put together this week’s blog post. Not only has Charly set up a healthy living café at Leigh Road but a few weeks ago she took some service users on a great night out clubbing.

CHARLY’S CAFE

Charly’s cafe opens on a Thursday at Leigh Road. The food is served at 6.30pm but the cafe opens at 4pm for the tenants to come help prepare the food and learn how to cook and what ingredients are in the food.

What we make is pre discussed in tenants meetings and all the food we make is 500 calories or less ranging from dinners to desserts. I collect all the money from the tenants and I prepare ‘menu cards’. On these I put pictures of what is in the food and the quantity needed and the steps on how to make the food. When it comes to buying the food I support the service users to the local shops to buy the food.

The last time Charly’s cafe was open we made chicken and peppers in whole meal wraps with sweet potatoes wedges and a side salad. This cost only £1.90  per serving  and was only 450 calories.

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gardening-group  It may be getting colder and darker but that hasn’t stopped our volunteer gardeners coming each Thursday to help with tidying up the garden, mowing the lawn, sweeping the leaves and still doing some planting. We thought we would have to put the compost bag away until spring however there are still certain plants and herbs that can be planted in autumn time. This Thursday saw us plant some broad beans, garlic, red onions and tulips.

We took some useful tips from James Wong’s guardian article on ways to boost our garlic where we learnt that we needed to ‘Pick the sunniest spot  and plant individual cloves 15cm apart any time between now and late January, and water in well. Scattering a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts over each square metre of planting bed can up the strength of your garlic.’

As it is the week before Halloween we also thought it would be the perfect time to have some pumpkin pie! Pumpkins are great fun to grow. They are easy to cultivate, but need a sunny position, plenty of water and shelter from cold winds. Once harvested, pumpkins can be used for delicious soup, pies and for roasting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Now that the weather has finally started to reflect the early openings of Spring, our gardeners were feeling much more eager to stick their wellies on and get productive in the garden this week. Although still a fair bit chilly, the sun beaming down was enough incentive to get outdoors rather than stay inside.

Ashley and Ian got busy with planting some rhubarb whilst Debbie planted some beetroot and summer flowers. We also came across some forget me nots’ which hold such a lovely idea in planting seeds for a loved one.

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As Easter was just around the corner, Elsa made a delicious Simnel cake using Mary berry’s recipe. It was so delicious most of us couldn’t resist a second piece!

Here is the recipe if you would like to try making this at home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mary_berrys_simnel_cake_49483

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The garden is definitely looking more colourful with the daffodils starting to bloom, however we still have a lot to do before the AGM party in July. This is a special event as not only is it a chance to showcase our annual review but we will be celebrating our 65th anniversary!

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Stay tuned with our gardening progress on our blog and if you fancy yourself a budding gardener, do not hesitate to get in touch and volunteer with us. http://www.centre404.org.uk/volunteer