Building on the success of our 4-week ‘learn to cook’ course in autumn 2011, Didsbury Dinners aims to teach another 100+ people how to cook, for free!
We’ve recruited a team of 12 Volunteer Community Cookery Champions to help us achieve this ambitious goal. Each member of the team will teach a free 6-week cookery course (consisting of six 2-hour cookery sessions) in South Manchester. The team will be supported by, and accountable to, the Didsbury Dinners ‘learn to cook’ planning group, and will work closely with the local community.
To register your interest in attending a free cookery course, please email us your completed application form. Priority places will be given to people with below average cookery skills, a small regular income, and low savings.
Our Cookery Champs were recently set the challenge of preparing a quick and easy dish from the contents of a seasonal veg box and a handful of cupboard basics. You can see some of their fantastic recipes here.
About Didsbury Dinners
Didsbury Dinners is a community group based in Didsbury, South Manchester. We signed Manchester’s climate change action plan ‘Manchester: A Certain Future‘ and again wish to make sustainability the focus of the Didsbury Dinners ‘learn to cook’ sessions.
This means teaching people to cook in a way that has a positive benefit on their health, saves them money, and also helps the environment. So we’ll be focusing on making it easier for people to:
- buy or grow their own local, seasonal food
- cut down on food waste
- reduce meat and dairy consumption
- avoid packaging, and
If you would like to help with the day-to-day running of the project, or to be a helper at cookery sessions, please do get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you!
About our pilot ‘learn to cook’ course
Our four-week pilot ‘learn to cook’ course was led by Alison Maudsley, a cookery tutor for the Cracking Good Food cooking network based in Chorlton. Priority places on the course were given to people with below average cookery skills, a small regular income, and low savings. Participants learnt how to make quick and easy stir-fries; simple sauces; soups, stews and pies; and Mexican dishes.
Amanda Woodvine, editor of Didsbury Dinners: The Low-Carbon Community Cookbook, taught the group about food sustainability issues, including reducing energy when cooking, how to source food locally, and how to cut down on food waste.
After completing the course, all of the budding chefs rated their skills as either very good or excellent. One participant, Mario, noticed a definite improvement in his cookery skills over the four weeks. He said:
“The course has made me more aware of environmental issues, and the importance of eating healthy foods rather than ready-meals. I will now cook more vegetarian foods at home. I’d recommend the course to everyone I know!”
Another participant, Priscilla, commented that the course had helped her enjoy cooking and learning about ingredients:
“Cooking can be fun!”
Details of other cookery classes local to Didsbury can be found here.