SW9 – Loughborough Junction – Levi Roots’ Big Lunch

Having worked as a steward on The Big Lunch on Lavender Hill in Battersea a couple of years ago, I was delighted to see that the initiative is still alive and well. I’ve also been involved in a few community-based festivals and food events – see my post last week on The Fabulous Feast.

As a little warm up to the main event on June 2, Brixton-born celebrity chef Levi Roots hosted a special cooking demonstration from at the Marcus Lipton Centre near Loughborough Junction.

The Big Lunch, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Eden Project, encourages people across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.

Showcasing five recipes costing just £5 each, Levi demonstrated to residents from the Loughborough Junction community that holding a Big Lunch doesn’t require a lot of money or preparation.

Levi’s Jamaican cooking style helped to inspire the street party recipes, which were tried and tested by Big Lunchers from the area, who are planning to hold the event on Sunday 2 June.

Taken from his own collection, Levis’ recipe demonstration included haloumi 50/50 Kingsmill Wraps with melon and mint salsa, chill tomato toasts, hot cheesy potato skins, barbecued sweetcorn and flavoured butters and roasted treacle toffee bananas, all of which are easy to prepare and can be cooked on a grill or a barbecue.

I’m always a big advocate of community gatherings and initiatives, and although this isn’t the thing I usually post on my blog, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s good to see everyone getting involved in cooking and community.

Local Big Luncher Hazel Watson tucks in to Levi Roots' Roasted Treacle Toffee Bananas

Local Big Luncher Hazel Watson tucks in to Levi Roots’ Roasted Treacle Toffee Bananas

Levi Roots demonstrates his Five Recipes for a Fiver to local Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers

Levi Roots demonstrates his Five Recipes for a Fiver to local Loughborough Junction Big Lunchers

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