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Novice cooks in Alcester can have their tea and eat it too

Ross Crawford 18th Oct, 2020 Updated: 23rd Oct, 2020

SOMETHING smells good in the kitchen at the Eric Payne Community Centre in Alcester.

‘Cook and Eat Your Tea’ is a new series of free cookery classes aiming to show meal preparation can be easy, as well as cheap, healthy and fun.

Run by Alcester Town Council, and under the watchful gaze of chef Anita Hallyer, the best bit comes right at the end, when everyone sits down together to enjoy the meal.

Project leader Wendy Sherwood said: “The idea is we help different groups of people cook a meal and then they sit down to eat the meal they’ve prepared.

“People learn how to make a simple meal and pudding from scratch with recipes they can take with them so they can also enjoy the meal at home.”

Run in four weekly blocks from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and all socially distanced and within ‘bubbles’, themes include ‘Impress not Stress’ for teenagers, and ‘Lads Night In’.

There’s also ‘Family Tea Time’, a ‘Get Nifty in the Kitchen’ block for those over 60, and a ‘Mums and Dads and Toddlers’ session.

Wendy added: “We’re working in partnership with Alcester Minster as well as with St Benedict’s and Anita.

“We’re happy to have other volunteers involved and anyone who wants to help with the cooking, although they will need Level Two in Food Hygiene.”

Backed by Hilliers Farm Shop at Dunnington, which is supplying free fruit and veg, and Your Farmer which is donating free meat, it’s a collective enterprise to benefit the entire community.

Email info@alcester-tc.gov.uk or call 01789 766084 to take part.

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