The Real Food Guide has been created to provide information on what ‘Real Food’ is, why to buy and eat it, and how to find it in Manchester and the locality.

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      Bee-friendly shopper’s guide to Local Rapeseed Oil

      An earth- and pollinator-friendly diet is healthy for us as well as various wild bees, honey bees and other pollinators. This is so whether we are vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous and especially if it includes the best oils and fats.

      10th Jan 2018

      We’re updating the Real Food Guide

      We’re currently in the process of relaunching the Manchester Friends of the Earth Real Food Guide and we’d like you to help us out. This is our online guide to environmentally friendly food shops and restaurants in Greater Manchester – … Continue reading

      6th Jul 2016

      Cauliflower fritters

      This recipe has been adapted from a recipe in Ottolenghi’s Plenty.  You could alter the vegetable to reflect what is in season.

      24th May 2013

      Recipe Competition – David Hall – Refried Beans with quorn mince and onion

      Refried Beans with quorn mince and onion Served with nachos and natural yogurt (if allowed) 2.5 cups of dry pinto beans 3 quarts of water 0.5 cup chopped onion 2 tbsp olive oil 2 crushed garlic cloves 0.25 cups of … Continue reading

      28th Jun 2011

      Recipe Competition – Abi Herron – Allotment Risotto

      Risotto Rice 500g Co-op fairtrade organic white wine Seasonal veg – great for when you have a glut of courgettes and potatoes Pumpkin seeds and pine nuts Onions Oat cream Margarine Stock Add it all in a big pan, you … Continue reading


      Recipe Competition – Debbie Ellen – (Vegan) Spicy Pumpkin Soup

      1 small pumpkin peeled and cubed 3 carrots diced 1 small onion 2 tbsp oil 1tsp cumin seeds 1.5 tsp mustard seeds 0.5 tsp tumeric 0.5 tsp cinnamon Toast whole spices until the mustard seeds pop. Fry onion in oil … Continue reading


      Recipe Competition – Jane – Veggie Chilli

      Ingredients 2 cans of kidney beans 4 cans of chopped tomatoes 2 onion chopped 2 cloves of garlic chopped 2 peppers chopped 2 carrots chopped 1 chilli chopped 1 veg stock cube Method: Fry onion and garlic together Transfer to … Continue reading


      Recipe Competition – Katy Carlisle – Beet & Potato Pie

      The pastry 200g flour, 100g butter, a bit of salt and a tiny bit of water Dice a few potatoes – cook them for 5 mins or so Chop an onion – fry them for a few mins. Dice 3 … Continue reading


      Recipe Competition – Sarah Williams – Baked Stuffed Aubergine

      Baked stuffed aubergine with feta, walnuts and butternut squash mixed with cumin, thyme and garlic served with butternut squash and sour cream mash and wilted spinach


      Recipe Competition – Catherine Lindley – Basmati rice with raisins, saffron and grated orange rind. Mung dal and sauteed mixed vegetables.

      A tbsp of sunflower oil, warmed. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric powder to warmed oil, followed immediately by chopped ginger root. Begin to add chopped vegetables – (onion, garlic if you can handle them), zucchini (courgettes), celery, grated carrot, toss and … Continue reading