Handy Tips from Mandy

Hi Everyone,

This week Local Greens have handed over the weekly email to me – Mandy Mazliah. I’ve been a Local Greens customer and contributor for quite a few years, a chef at Healthy Living Platform, food blogger, recipe developer, and all around champion of seasonal vegetables.

My grandfather was a greengrocer in Sevenoaks, Kent, and I think it must be in my genes because I am a huge fan of vegetables. You can find my vegetable-based recipes on  (healthy kid-friendly ideas) and  (seasonal vegan recipes).

Enough about me though. I have decided to take the opportunity to share some of my favourite community-based organisations and charities with you. I hope you find something of interest.


Tackling hunger:
It’s been a difficult year (understatement, right?) for us all but there are many local people out there who are struggling to put food on the table for their families. If you are in a position to help (either by volunteering or offering a donation) here are some organisations worth looking at:

  • Norwood and Brixton Food Bank - providing food to local people in need
  • Healthy Living Platform - helping local people with healthy, hot meals, food parcels, online events and baby equipment. I work for Healthy Living Platform as a plant-based chef and also run toddler cooking classes.
  • Trussell Trust - supporting the UK’s food banks and campaigning to end the need for them.
  • Magic Breakfast - providing healthy breakfasts for school children living with food poverty.

Want to learn how to cook?

  • Migrateful are one of my favourite local organisations. Their mission is to help refugees and asylum seekers to get work experience by teaching others how to cook the food from their home countries. Classes at the moment are all online and you can find details on their website
  • Made in Hackney run a full programme of online plant-based cookery classes
  • Healthy Living Platform also run Zoom cookery classes on occasion. Check out the What’s On page to find out more

Finally, a few of my best seasonal recipes:
Wild Garlic Pesto
Jerusalem Artichoke Gratin
Cauliflower Salad