​Ideas about developing and running cooking skills courses

Cooking skills blog 32: Practitioner guest blog: ‘the benefits of being forgetful and burning rice’

Chris Mantle ANutr, Senior Food and Health Development Worker, is our guest blogger this week. Chris is a member of our cooking skills study group and runs regular cooking courses for Edinburgh Community Food. Chris gives his thoughts on the benefits of not always being the perfect cook when running community cooking courses. ‘Having grown up – essentially …

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Cooking skills blog 30: What are the best recipes to use on a cooking skills course? Part 2.

All the practitioners in our cooking skills study group hope that people on their courses will make the recipes they have learned on the course again at home. Most are encouraging course participants to choose the recipes for some, or all of the course sessions, and I have already written a post (see blog 14) …

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Cooking Skills Blog 17: What are the benefits of running a structured cooking skills course?

Earlier this week I attended the Community Cooking Network event at the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre in Glasgow. It provided updates and ideas for those interested in, or delivering the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) ‘eat better feel better’ cooking courses. This course was designed and piloted by the NHS’s Health Improvement Team …

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Cooking skills blog 16: practitioner guest blog –Gail Hutchison: reflecting on two very different approaches to managing and evaluating cooking courses

Gail is a member of the CFHS cooking skills study group on behalf of both NHS Forth Valley and Edinburgh Community Food. Her role at both is to manage and deliver cooking skills courses, but each organisation runs these differently. Gail explains the challenges and advantages for both her learning and as part of the …

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Cooking skills blog 14. What are the best recipes to use in a cooking skills course?

One of the topics that I would like to find out more about is: What are the most successful type of recipes for community cooking skills courses? ‘Success’ for members of our cooking skills study group means recipes that are cooked again at home by participants, (and preferably repeatedly). What’s the best way to choose …

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Cooking skills blog 13: How can ‘significant others’ help (or hinder) the aims of your cooking skills course?

Our cooking skills study group recently met together and shared ideas about running effective cooking skills courses. One topic they discussed was the role of ‘significant others’ attending courses. That is (for example), family members attending with their child, or support workers attending alongside the person they support. Significant others can help (or hinder) the …

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Cooking skills blog 5: Does your group eat together at the end of a cooking skills session?

How do you decide what to do with the food that has been cooked? Should participants take the food home (to share with others, or eat later) or is it better to eat a meal together (prepared either together or separately) or a mixture of both of these? Does it matter? Your choice might depend …

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Cooking skills blog 4: Do you tailor (or target) your cooking skills courses to suit individual needs?

Our cooking skills study group has already met and agreed a list of outcomes that each of them will evaluate when they run their courses over the next six months. However, all members of the group run their cooking skills courses differently to each other, and they run each of their courses differently. They will …

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