Making Good Use of Surplus Food with Nourish Food School

We caught up with Nourish Food School to talk about their partnership with JET. Check out their surplus Pulled Turkey Burger – great for leftover turkey after Christmas!

Nourish Food School is a brand new social enterprise on a mission to positively shape the way people see, eat and experience food every day. With a cookery school and a food education company, they work in Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas. Their aim is to give people the skills, knowledge and confidence to feel great about having transformed simple ingredients into delicious, nutritious meals.

In September 2021, Nourish partnered up with charities JET and FareShare North East to bring food skills to local people and places, with a key focus on ‘saving the surplus’. From The Wicker Chair cafe at the FareShare North East site, Joanna and Dorothy have been running weekly cookery demonstrations, free recipe card giveaways and training workshops for catering trainees. More opportunities for hands-on food skills and cookery classes are planned for the very near future. Keep an eye out for more news soon!

“We want to showcase those ingredients that are often abundant at the FareShare warehouse on any given week. If we can come up with recipes and ideas that inspire FareShare member organisations to use food in different ways, then surely this is going to help save that surplus from becoming food waste and take the boredom out of making soups, which is often our go-to solution. Our live cookery demonstrations have been taking place every week in The Wicker Chair cafe, but are also live-streamed on social media for anyone wanting to watch from afar. We’re super excited to announce that we’ll be running some of our cookery classes on-site soon too - meaning absolutely anyone can get hands-on with cooking from scratch and understanding how to use some of those less common ingredients that might baffle them when the FareShare delivery drivers drop them off.” (Joanna Lacey, Managing Director, Nourish Food School) 

Festive Leftover ‘Pulled Turkey’ Sandwich Filling

Don’t waste leftover turkey this year! Transform this traditional meat into tasty sandwiches, perfect for Boxing Day. 

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 200g leftover turkey
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 5 tbsp ketchup
  • 20g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard (or mustard powder)
  • 1 tbsp wine or rice vinegar

For the slaw, use any leftover bits of veg you have in the fridge, such as:

  • 2 carrots, grated
  • ½ cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red onion (or 4 spring onions), finely slice
  • 100g nuts (any kind)
  • A bunch of fresh herbs (like parsley)
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 orange


To make the festive slaw:

  1. Prepare all your salad vegetables by either grating or thinly slicing.
  2. Finely chop any fresh herbs and nuts.
  3. Whisk together the honey, mustard, olive oil and orange juice in a bowl.
  4. Add the veg, herbs and nuts, then season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Leave for an hour or more in the fridge so the vegetables soften.

To make the filling:

  1. Shred or cut your leftover turkey into small pieces.
  2. Whisk the chilli powder, cumin, ketchup, sugar, mustard and vinegar together in a bowl.
  3. Add the turkey and sliced onion to the sauce and mix to coat all over.
  4. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes until the meat is hot.
  5. You should end up with a sticky shredded dish of turkey, perfect for filling a large bread roll… enjoy!

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