FOOD AND FAMILY COURSES
More than 300 families have attended our 'Food and Family' courses helping us to prepare, cook and share thousands of recipes. Each course is slightly different as we work closely with the centres to deliver training that is best suited to the families taking part and the facilities available. Over a six week period we explore foods, try new recipes and share simple ideas for making mealtimes healthier.
“I found it useful learning to read food labels, seeing how to make healthy and tasty food without added sugar or salt and having knowledgeable staff who could answer our healthy eating questions” (Parent, Children's Centre at Gainsborough)
HAGGERSTON RAW FESTIVAL
The theme of the 2014 Haggerston School festival was raw materials, we were asked to come up with a project that would inspire the students to cater for the event. Together we explored a global menu of dishes, preparing, cooking and testing them out in the school’s food tech facilities. The students rated each dish on its taste, how well it met the theme and how successful it might sell at the festival. From this we developed a menu that included Chicken Moambe, Plantain, Pepper Sauce, Raita, Masala Vada, Greek Salad, Bejinho de Coco and Sticky Rice & Mango. On the day of the festival the students successfully served and sold over 150 dishes.
RECIPES OF LIFE
The ‘Recipes of Life’ Project was a creative collaboration with the Vietnamese Mental Health Services and the BME Access Service of East London NHS Foundation Trust. Inspired by the work of Natale Rudland Wood in Australia, the project integrated talking therapy with healthy cooking and eating sessions, proving an accessible and culturally-relevant way of talking about health, wellbeing, resilience and recovery. The foods prepared during the sessions held specific meaning to the group allowing them to tell stories associated with their favourite recipes and helping them to get in touch with their strengths and resources and those of their families, communities and culture. Having appreciated theses strengths and resources, they create their own recipes for life.
"Social Kitchen has established full trust and confidence from users whenever they run healthy cooking sessions" (Vietnamese Mental Health Services)
Some of the best conversations are had over food and this was the premise on which we put together the Tottenham Talking training for the Bridge Renewal Trust. The project, funded by Time for Change, aims to give people with a mental health condition the confidence to engage in conversations about mental wellbeing with members of the public. We were brought in to develop a training project that addressed all the practical skills needed to set up a food stall and run a café service offering tasty food in exchange for a conversation about mental health. The project runs until March 2015 and you can meet the volunteers, try some tasty food and help break down some of the stigma associated with mental health by visiting them at community events across Haringey as well as a regular café service at the Tiverton Community Hut. For more information click here
COOK AND EAT @ THE HUT
We aim to give young people the opportunity to enjoy food, understand the fundamentals of cooking, combine flavours and create great meals. Cook and eat @ the hut began with providing a drop in after school cooking club for local 11-17 year olds. The young people taking part soon gained the skills and confidence to prepare complex dishes and as the recipes became more advanced so to did the discussions as we explored the relationship between food and wellbeing.
“I enjoyed cooking new food, taking it home and letting my parents taste what I made. I have learned how to make new things for my family now” (Attendee, cook and eat @ the hut)
FAMILY ACTION CULTURAL FOOD EVENT
We love working in partnership with other organisations, drawing on their expertise to create a tailored service that meet the diverse needs of any given group. One such collaboration has been with Family Action, who we have a developed a strong working partnership to deliver some fantastic outreach and engagement events specifically targeting the Congolese, Vietnamese and Somali communities in Hackney. We’ve prepared and shared foods from each of these communities and used these dishes as a way to explore cultural similarities and differences. We are building on this work to engage the wider community and share some incredible food through our current Mamas to Market project.