Wednesday, 5 August 2020

L8 Slow Food - Slow Cooker Project

Our L8 Slow Food - Slow Cooker Project came about following discussions about the food and hygiene parcels we have been providing as part of our COVID-19 support to local residents.

As we prepared for the lockdown restrictions to start easing, we had to think about how we support people as our delivery services tapered down and we try to get back to a more normal way of operating.  We know that the people we have been supporting have needed a bit of extra help for a whole host of reasons whether they have been shielding, furloughed or adjusting to the whole family being at home all day.  So the idea for a slow cooker project was born - as a way of saving money, creating a more sustainable way of cooking for the whole family, learning new recipes and healthy eating tips.

We have created a distance learning course using our Liverpool Adult Learning Service community learning funding that provides learners with a FREE slow cooker, recipe cards and FREE veg bags.  Learners will how to cook with their slow cooker, but also:
  • how slow cooking can save money
  • basic food hygiene tips
  • basic herb and vegetable growing skills
  • how to cook healthy meals for one or for a family using a slow cooker
And the response was incredible!  Over 65 people took part and we already have a waiting list for the new academic year.

Our learners have provided us with the following comments and pictures.

"I just want to say that the presentation booklet GTDT did for the slow cooker course is fabulous and very professional and the shop where the veg came from has got a convert!"

"Just thought you might like to see my second attempt at slow cooking (first was a veg curry which was good but I had forgotten the oil so it was a bit dry).   The Lasagne however was great. My daughter is encouraging me by eating it! And she says it's amazing!"

"This is really safe to use compared to my cooker and with my health problems will make cooking a joy again, instead of a chore"

"Can I please say a big thank you for my slow cooker and delicious vegetables! Such a wonderful initiative and valuable for the health and wellness of our community!"