Our informal cooking sessions enable people with little or no previous cooking experience to gain a better understanding of the importance of healthy eating and to develop the necessary skills and confidence to be able to budget, shop for and prepare simple meals.
Our cooking sessions have evolved to meet their needs, with emphasis on learning basic nutrition and the core skills necessary in preparing and handling food. We have learnt correct hand washing techniques and knife skills and participants have enjoyed tasting different and unfamiliar foods. We’ve had great fun sharing experiences of culinary disasters and successes and learnt together, passing on recipes and sharing tips.
Service users are involved in the whole process, from choosing a meal they would like to cook to sourcing ingredients, shopping for them and then having fun preparing their “meal for one” to eat later. Recipes have included pizza, savoury pies and quiches, mince and dumplings, curry, chicken casserole and pasta dishes. Volunteers have put together simple recipe cards for the group to keep for future reference.
From September we will be teaming up with the Ministry of Food at Leeds Market and clients will be able to access an 8 week structured programme and learn to cook a range of dishes from scratch. We are grateful to everyone at the Ministry of food for this opportunity
Cooking group works!
“I’ve never cooked anything before from scratch – I’ve surprised myself”
“It doesn’t have to be perfect – I will give it a go!”
“Really liked making the pizzas – choosing all the toppings was the best bit!”
“If I had known how easy it was to do chicken I would have saved a fortune on takeaways”