by Rachel Wheble
Ormskirk Foodbank has been open for over 18 months and in that time has helped feed over 700 people.
October has been a very exciting time; we are pleased to be working with Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative to bring a basic cookery course to Ormskirk, to offer the opportunity to learn cookery, budgeting and nutrition with some fun and laughter along the way!
The classes consist of an initial meet and greet session for everyone to get to know each other and a chance to discover how much cooking they do, what they and their families enjoy eating and what they would like to learn to make.
The following three classes take place in the kitchen in the wonderful Ormskirk Civic Hall and are all centred around cooking and learning:
Class 1 Tasty topped fish with roasted vegetables
Class 2 Delicious chilli with rice
Class 3 Fresh vegetable curry, fresh vegetable soup and eggy bread we slightly over ran on this class because we were having so much fun!
All participants get the food they have cooked to take home and also the basic ingredients so they can cook that meal again.
Each class begins with a brew so we can catch up on the week and have a chat about the class ahead.
During the class we cook and also learn about the Eatwell plate, food labels and learn about what food we are eating and how we can perhaps change our diets, plan our meals and budgeting and enjoy being in the kitchen. The budgeting and nutrition element as exciting and interesting as the cooking and all the participants thoroughly enjoy it.
We are really excited that more courses are planned for November and February next year; in addition, we have a baking class planned for the October and November basic cookery participants to give an opportunity to bake cakes and biscuits and enter the Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative bake off on 10th December. Its an opportunity to bake, which many havent done since school, and an excuse to get together for a bit of fun and laughter.
At the end of the basic cookery course all the participants received a fabulous certificate and an apron kindly donated by Marks and Spencer's Ormskirk store.
We are extremely lucky to have the support of several local businesses with whose help we can hopefully host more basic cookery sessions and build on the first steps that these people have made.
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