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​Alun Davies AM cooks up a treat for the Waundeg Warriors

Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies has been cooking up a healthy treat for the Waundeg Warriors at their community flat near Tredegar.

Mr Davies put together one of his signature dishes, Sausage and Stir Fry Noodles, as part of a healthy eating campaign he is working on with Tai Calon Community Housing.

He said: “It is vital that we instil the importance of healthy eating in our young people and it was a pleasure to work with Tai Calon and the Waundeg Warriors on this project. Everyone is on a budget but as we’ve proved here, healthy eating does not have to be expensive and time consuming.

With a little planning, we can all enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables at a fraction of the cost of buying ready prepared and produce family meals that we can all enjoy."

His cooking demonstration was filmed and Tai Calon will be broadcasting it as part of a week long “healthy eating on a budget” campaign in the run up to its third tenant funday, Tai Fest, on Saturday, 20 July. It will be shown on Tai Calon’s facebook,facebook.com/taicalon, and website, www.taicalon.org as well as at the funday … where tenants will be able to get copies of the recipes and tips.

Ross Watts, Head of Communities at Tai Calon said: “We wanted to show that you still can eat well and relatively cheaply. During the week we will be giving people lots of ideas on recipes and good living tips. We are very grateful to Alun Davies for his time and the support he has given us for the project. We would also like to say thank you to the Waundeg Warriors for their help. ”

The Healthy Eating week is just one of a number of ideas by Tai Calon, Blaenau Gwent’s largest social housing landlord, to help tenants affected by the benefit changes and economic downturn.

Tai Calon has restructured its teams to make sure it has more staff working in its neighbourhoods to support tenants. It can offer free appointments with an independent money advisor as well as advice on budgeting and reducing fuel bills.

Sausage and Noodle stir fry

  • 12 sausages
  • 250g egg noodles
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 200g sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 red chillies
  • Thumb-sized piece of root ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. runny honey
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower oil

Method of Preparation:

Make meatballs from the sausages by squeezing the meat from the sausages and then patting the meat into meatball shapes. Place the meatballs onto a baking tray and cook them for 12 minutes or until heated through in a 220C oven.

Cut the carrots into matchsticks and then prepare the peppers by deseeding them and removing the pith. Finely slice the peppers. Cut the ginger into matchsticks. Finely slice the chillies and mince the garlic cloves. Finely chop the spring onions.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles if they need to be cooked or get them to hand if they're ready cooked. Mix together the honey, orange juice and soy sauce in a small bowl.

Heat the oil in a wok and then add the garlic, ginger and chilli and then fry them for one minute. Add the carrots and peppers and cook them for three minutes and then add the sugar snap peas and spring onions for the final minute of cooking.

Add the noodles and meatballs to the vegetable mixture and then pour the orange sauce mixture over the top. Heat through until warm and then scatter with the sesame seeds to serve.

Try using sausages that already have lots of flavour – think chilli sausages or herb sausages.

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