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The Bank Cook update

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today. As I write , there have been over 3700 visitors to this blog. And the book has been mentioned in the Times UK, the Church Times, the Croydon Advertiser, Families First Mag and few local newspapers across the UK and a radio interview on a national radio.

the Bank Cook in the Advertiser paper
the Bank Cook in the Advertiser paper

I do hope that you have managed to print few copies and donated them to your local foodbank and various food parcels distributors. I understand that offices where food vouchers are given have also been giving away copies of The Bank Cook, which is great!

I have been receiving feedbacks and one of the most recurring ones were of small charities requesting a version of the book which will not use so much ink.

I have now done it and hope it will be much easier for you to print copies. Please click on the link below to open and save a copy before printing.

Recipes for food bank users – no background low res

If you are from a company which would like to donate copies of the book, please be sure to add your logo or info at the back so people would know that you were the kind donor. You should use the original version of the book. Click here to see it.

The printing guidelines remain the same as previously and if you need a higher resolution, please email me to or DM me via twitter @hjulienne.

any bread will do... this is a tuna & sweetcorn
any bread will do… this is a tuna & sweetcorn

For those who think you cannot reproduce these recipes based on look of the pictures, could I ask you to just take few minutes and just read the rice puddings page and the tuna & sweetcorn page? That will give you an idea on how easy the recipes are and the extra added are £1.00 or less.

Rice pudding with Kiwi (0.20p) and shortbread
Rice pudding with Kiwi (0.20p) and shortbread

Unfortunately, everything is well presented and that might be misleading, but please just take a minute to read through one or 2 recipes and you will see how much more you might get out of the food parcels.

printout of the book
Me holding a printout of the book

Thanks again for checking in.

Every blessing.



Veggies and sausage parcel with beetroot coleslaw

Veggie parcel & beet slaw
Veggie parcel & beet slaw

Ingredients for 5 portions:

Ingredients for this recipe
Ingredients for this recipe
  • 3 medium parsnips
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1 large sausage (long life) or 4 hot dogs
  • 1 large leek
  • 1/2 tin of tomato soup
  • 1 onion
  • 2 beetroots
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 Jus-Rol short crust sheet
  • Vegetable oil


Preheat the oven at 200C before starting the prep.

Cut the medium onion in 2. Keep half for frying and half for later. Peel 2 carrots, the 3 parsnips then, cut each of them in 4 length way. Cut the leek same way. Place them all in a large bowl.

Fry the smaller saussage cuts with onion for more flavour
Fry the smaller sausage cuts with onion for more flavor

In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  Fry one half of onion that has been diced, then lightly brown every side of the browned sausage.

All covered with the tinned tomato soup...
All covered with the tinned tomato soup…

Once that is done, pour the content of the frying pan on the vegetables. Also add the 200ml of tomato soup, salt and Pepper. Then, crush 1 stock cube on the melange before mixing all the ingredients together. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

All in the Jus-Rol pastry sheet...
All in the Jus-Rol pastry sheet…

Spray a bit of oil on the oven tray and lay on it the pastry sheet. Then, carefully place on its middle all the vegetable and the sausage. Making sure that the sausage is placed at the heart of the vegetable heap. Now bring up the sides of the pastry so the content will not fall to the side.

After 40 minutes ... let it cooldown
After 40 minutes … let it cool down

If necessary, cover it all with foil to maintain the shape. Place the parcel in the oven for 40 minutes at 200C. Serve with a small beetroot slaw.

3 colors for the coleslaw
3 colors for the coleslaw

Preparing the coleslaw: peel and grate the beetroot, and the 2 remaining carrots. Also grate the leftover onion. Place all in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, plus 3 full tablespoons of mayonnaise. Mix and set aside. The onion can be replaced by white or red cabbage. If you are not fan of coleslaw just serve the parcel with a simple green salad and a light vinaigrette.

Up close! Bon App'
Up close! Bon App’

Printing guidelines

This is rice pudding
This is rice pudding

So, you have decided to print some copies of the booklet for your local food bank.
On behalf of those who are going to receive a copy, MERCI BUCKETS… (It means thanks a million).

I believe that the work done here is good and the print should reflect that. Download the booklet form HERE.
Imagine that you are one of the end users and visualise how the copy that you would like to receive looks like.

Here are my basic recommendations:
• Request a high resolution version of the book as the one here on the blog has a low resolution.
• The cover of the booklet should be harder than the inside pages.
• Mat or gloss finish is up to you.
• The inside pages preferably should be printed on 160gsm card, which means that the outside cover should be 160gsm or higher.
• The binding should be with glue and not stapled.
• The finished document should be A5 (half A4) full coloured booklet.

If you are going to add your logo at the back of the booklet, I am sure you would like the print to reflect YOU. So, quality is more important than quantity.

Do not print 100 low quality if you can print 50 of good quality. If you visit some food banks you will see that quality of goods that are given are often high end and rarely own brand. That should be reflected on the printed document.

Please let me know if you want to include your logo at the back so I can send you the version of the booklet saying “This print run is sponsored by:”

If you have questions, please email me at

Thanks again for considering printing and donating some booklets for free.

PS: Anyone who uses photos or recipes of this booklet to include in any document that is for sale without my express authorisation will be sued.

Download The Bank Cook booklet

Homemade biscuits
Homemade biscuits

Hi, thank you for visiting the page today. This blog is still being populated but,  If you’d like to download the booklet, please go ahead and click on the link below.

Recipes for food banks users – Low res PDF

If you are business and would like to sponsor the printing of a number of booklets please request the High Res PDF by emailing

Please note, this booklet is not for sale.

Be blessed.




HJ food parcel sample

Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.” Prov. 27:7

Welcome to

Here, you will find extended versions of recipes from “The Bank Cook” booklet that you may have received.

The Bank Cook booklet was created with all food banks’ users in mind. The recipes are free to print, copy and distribute. So, if you receive food parcels, from your local food bank, church bank, council bank or community bank, this is for you!

Please download a free copy from this  link or just ask your local food bank centre to download and print for its clients. A background free version is also available here.

You or your local food bank can request a high resolution  PDF of the book by email to

Thanks for visiting.

Every blessing.