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16th Oct, 2021

Wellbeing charity worker compiles digital recipe book after cooking demos go viral

A CREATIVE wellbeing charity in Stratford has compiled a digital recipe book after its lockdown cooking demonstrations went viral.

The Escape Arts team developed a series of creative projects to continue supporting people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wellbeing officer Abbie McFarlane was behind the cooking demonstrations, filmed from her kitchen to provide viewers with a weekly dose of lockdown comfort. The videos proved a great success, attracting an online audience reach of over 20,000. Each family-friendly recipe and associated video has now been produced into a free online recipe book.

Abbie said: ‘It was so much fun creating a cookery book that showcased simple cookery techniques and using cheap store cupboard ingredients. “Lockdown was hard for so many people but this showed them just what they could do even with limited resources.”

Charity CEO Karen Williams Escape said: “This project took us back to our community cooking days when Abbie and Escape worked with the Hairy Bikers on their ‘Mums Knows Best’ series, working with food to bring people together and help make people feel better.

“Although apart over lockdown, this project helped build an online community and really demonstrated how easy it can be to make amazing, tasty and nutritious meals that the whole family can get involved with, especially if you have limited resources. The online book means everyone can access the recipes at any time.”

The charity’s other lockdown projects included singing sessions, inventive craft videos and a virtual community garden, to continue supporting the wellbeing of locals and the wider nation.

Escape also wants to hear about people’s favourite family food memories and recipes for a new project. Email them to to get involved.


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