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Cooking on a budget? We know how! say Victoria Ward families
3:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in What's On
BRITAIN’S economy may be “healing” but many of us – especially those with families to feed – are still feeling the pinch.
So, when a course for “cooking on a shoestring”, tailored for families in Bridgwater’s Victoria Ward, got underway at Victoria Park Community Centre, Clare Sherwood, Marisa Moura, and Andreia Reis all jumped at the chance.
Funded by Sedgmoor District Council as part of its family-focused healthy living initiative, families got making cheap, healthy and ‘batch’ recipe ideas, using fresh, home-grown ingredients in the community centre kitchens.
Mum of four, Clare Sherwood, a pr-eschool assistant at Westover Little Stars, took part with daughters Kerys, 6, and Caitlin, 9, and found the experience incredibly positive.
She said: “I’d give it ten out of ten. Money’s been tight an,d while I do cook with them anyway, I wanted to learn about cooking on a budget. It was also about having something to do with the children over the summer because, in Bridgwater, there isn’t a lot.
“They all need to know how to the cook and this gives them the value of money, teaches them that things don’t have to be dear, and about what goes into food and what they’re eating.”
For Clare, 40, the real eyeopener proved the taste test between shop-bought and home-cooked dishes.
“Usually, I don’t like chicken and ham pie from frozen shops but, when I’d tasted what we made, it was completely different.
“Since we’ve done the course, we’ve cooked quite a bit more at home from scratch.
“We’ve made our own pasta sauces, our own cheese cakes. Before, we would have gone out and bought one from Asda.
“When it comes to budgeting, it does depend on what you’re cooking. But then, you can definitely taste the difference. And it’s also the joy of the children making it themselves, and doing it as a family.
“After the first couple of weeks we began to realise what a difference it can make – that cooking on a budget isn’t about just using simple ingredients. We’ve asked if we can do it again.
“As a family I think we’ve got a great deal out of it.”