Friday cookery classes at Dr Bell’s Family Centre are so popular there is now a waiting list among young mothers – and at least one father – keen to try their hand at healthy recipes they can afford.
Three weeks into the scheme, Steve Cochrane, cook trainer at Dr Bell’s, is delighted with the response to the new community project that aims to help people on low incomes put healthy meals on the table.
“The present healthy eating focus on organic and fair trade food misses an essential point,” he says. “I believe in organic and fair trade too but if you have only £5 in your pocket that is not your top priority.”
Cookery classes at Dr Bell’s explore how to turn goods on sale in local shops and cut price stores into healthy soups, stews and staple meals. “The kind of thing your mum would teach you, we are trying to get back to some good basic skills.”
The cookery classes at Dr Bell’s are funded by a mixed partnership of public agencies and charitable trusts. For more information contact Dr Bell’s Family Centre on 0131 553 0100 or leave a message for Steve Cochrane on 0131 553 0105