Residents of two retirement housing schemes in Rochford have built up culinary skills thanks to the success of a cookery course.
Funded by Sanctuary Housing and Rochford District Council, Radish Cookery delivered slow cooker classes for residents at Wedgwood Court in Ashingdon and Spa Court in Hockley.
The seated sessions caused a stir among participants, including one 104-year-old and others with limited mobility and dexterity.
The aim was to improve culinary skills and promote the importance of healthy eating in older age.
With fresh ingredients provided, the session-leader demonstrated how to prepare seasonal specials including homemade casseroles and stews.
Advice on meal planning, batch cooking and freezing was also on offer, to help reduce food waste and costs.
Residents returned to their flats to switch on their slow cooker for up to six hours, using no more electricity than a light bulb, before serving up their delicious dishes.
One resident said: “I now see how easy it is to cook for two days in a row using the slow cooker. It’s more economical that way and I spend less time cooking.”
Clare Mitchell, community cookery leader at Radish Cooking, added: “An important aim of the course was to reduce the consumption of convenience and ready meals, which can contain a lot of salt and sugar.
“We highlighted the use of seasonal produce and built confidence in cookery to help people to make healthy food choices.”
Sarah Alderton, health improvement officer at Rochford District Council, said “This was a fantastic initiative which demonstrated how easy and enjoyable it is to produce healthy meals from scratch, with minimal prep and washing up! As well as helping our residents to improve their eating habits, it provided an opportunity for them to try new recipes and flavours and increase variety within their diet.”
For more information about Radish Cookery courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.