Keen to try some new recipes this summer? Here are some recipes, shared by FoodCycle volunteers, to inspire you. They have been making these dishes in community kitchens across the UK.


Summer Recipes From FoodCycle Volunteers
Photo: FoodCycle


1 onion, finely chopped 

2 bulbs garlic, finely chopped 

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely chopped 

1 tsp cayenne pepper 

1 tsp smoked paprika 

2 tsp garam masala 

2 tbsp groundnut oil  

2 tbsp of tomato puree  

2 fresh red chillies finely chopped  

2 tablespoons of ground almonds 

1 tsp cumin 

1 tsp coriander    

1 tin chopped or plum tomatoes  

1 tin coconut milk 

500g jersey or new potatoes  

1 sweet potato, chopped into chunks  

Half a butternut squash, chopped into chunks 

2-3 carrots, chopped into chunks  

Half cauliflower, chopped into chunks 

500g runner or fine beans 

½ a bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped 

½ a bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped 


  • Parboil potatoes for 8-10 minutes and drain  
  • Meanwhile make the curry paste by blending together the dried spices, with chillies, ground almonds, groundnut oil and tomato puree 
  • Sweat onions, garlic and ginger in a large cooking pot on low heat until soft then add the curry paste and cook for a further 2-3 minutes 
  • Add tinned tomatoes, parboiled potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower with a pint of water and cook until tender then add coconut milk and simmer 
  • Meanwhile, blanche beans in boiling water for a few minutes then drain and run under cold water to stop them cooking 
  • Once the curry sauce has reduced by one third, turn off the heat and add the beans 
  • Serve with basmati rice cooked in coconut milk, a few cherry tomatoes and garnish with the chopped herbs 


Summer Recipes From FoodCycle Volunteers
Photo: FoodCycle


5 eggs  

125g melted butter 

200g flour 

50g caster sugar  

½ pint milk  

1tsp vanilla extract 

800g grapes and raspberries or any leftover fruit you fancy 


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees 
  • Grease a large baking tray 
  • Put grapes and or raspberries or any other fruit in the bottom 
  • Make a sweet batter by mixing together the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter flour, sugar and milk (batter should be quite liquid but thicker than water) 
  • Pour batter over fruit and cook in the oven for about an hour until the mixture is golden brown on top and doesn’t wobble  
  • Serve by itself or with custard or vanilla ice cream 

These summer recipes originally posted here.

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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