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Butternut Squash Muffins and Christmas Frittata

Our cooking classes might be on hold for a while but it’s not stopping us getting food to people.

Since our last Cooking Hub update, we’ve had a really busy Christmas period. We started the festivities early by putting together 35 Christmas biscuit recipe bags to be sent out to some of the families supported by Bradford Inclusive Disability Service. We had some great feedback and people really enjoyed a bit of home baking.

Much of December was spent planning our Christmas cooking classes. We continued with our
social distancing measures, and this time really put ourselves to the test by delivering nine
classes over three days.

However rather than just our usual healthy eating classes we thought everyone deserved a bit of a change, and alongside our regular classes we offered some workshops making Christmas truffles, decorating Christmas biscuits and chocolate-dipped fruit kebabs.

We also did some festive recipes and were determined to get people eating sprouts so we tried a Christmas Frittata with shredded sprouts and feta cheese. It proved very popular and everyone enjoyed the festive twist.

We managed to get a short break over Christmas, making sure we were well rested for any challenges the New Year might bring.

Our Social Supermarket is proving popular, with new customers each week enjoying the variety of products on offer. Since the weather has been so cold recently we decided to make some fresh tomato soup for our customers to take home and also provided a bag of ingredients and the recipe to make some more at home.

In addition to the Christmas biscuit recipe bags, we were also asked to put together some for Butternut Squash Muffins – a great way to get a bit extra veg whilst enjoying a sweet treat. We’ve had some great pictures from families enjoying a new recipe. Hopefully there will be more recipe bags to follow.

Finally, we’ve been trying for some time now to start a new adult cooking class. We were hoping to hold these weekly, but due to the current lockdown measures we’ve had to postpone them again. Rather than putting them off altogether though we’ve decided to have a go at some online sessions. Although these aren’t for everyone, a couple of people were keen to give it a go and so far we’ve done three great classes making a soup, Mexican breakfast and Keema curry. The sessions have been really well received so far by those taking part and they’ve already noticed improvements in knife skills. We’ve got a few more sessions planned, so hopefully can pass on some more tasty recipes for people to enjoy.