Over the last three years, H3 has worked with 4Lunch to deliver fun and inclusive cookery courses for people experiencing homelessness and living in temporary accommodation.
School holidays can be a difficult time for parents to find affordable activities for children. Providing weekly cookery sessions during the summer months gave everyone a chance to join in, cook together and eat together. And there was always food to take home at the end!
The families made a variety of dishes, including crepes, stir fries, curries, muffins, savoury scones and even strawberry tarts, always using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. Those involved said:
“I feel inspired to cook at home”
“I’ve tried different foods that we wouldn’t usually eat”
“I’ve tried mushrooms and broccoli today”
Some of the recipes the families cooked together
Each week a new food preparation technique was practised, for example, as the adults worked on the hob, the kids prepared the vegetables. They even did the washing up and drying together, teaching kids about being safe and hygienic when working in the kitchen.
The sessions were not just about making good food – new friendships were made too. One parent said:
“My children have made friends and so have I. It’s not just about the food, but about getting together.”
H3 and 4Lunch hope they helped make the summer holidays enjoyable and memorable for everyone involved, and are looking forward to working together again to do some Christmas cookery in December!
4Lunch is a social enterprise working with communities in Greater Manchester, delivering cookery courses, catering and food business training.