Healthier food - Healthier lives - Healthier futures
Every school holiday we offer cooking classes to families around Edinburgh as part of the Discover! programme in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. This year, due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have taken the programme online and are providing lots of exciting activities virtually.
During the summer school break we delivered food boxes with fresh, tinned and frozen produce including all the ingredients and equipment needed to join in with the online activities. We also added in all sorts of exciting extras, such as books for children and teens, treats, lunchboxes, useful information and handouts, chopsticks and fortune cookies, kids' knives for cooking and loads more.
You can read more about our activities during Summer Discover! here.
Since the summer, there has been an increased need for support which has resulted in Edinburgh Community Food delivering food boxes to approximately 180 families around Edinburgh in the October break. The Covid-19 crisis has really put pressure on families already struggling financially and this project has supported families at this extremely difficult time, providing healthy food in dignified way.
October 2020 Food box contents
The programme of activities and cooking during the Discover! October 2020 were based around the theme of Autumn. Families received arts and crafts, active schools equipment and Edinburgh Community Food provided all the ingredients needed to make Mean & Green Mac 'n' Cheese, Cornflake fishcakes, Overnight Oats and Toasty and Warming Pear and Ginger Pudding plus extra food to help feed the families over the week.
October 2020 Recipes
Families also received the latest activity and recipe book from the Veg Power campaign Eat Them To Defeat Them. We also encouraged families to make the Mean 'n' Green Mac 'n' Cheese from the book. VegPower is on a ten-year mission to turn around vegetable consumption in the UK. The mission: to get every kid in the UK eating one more portion of veg each day. Edinburgh Community Food fully support this campaign and encourage everyone to eat more veg.
Mean 'n' Green Mac 'n' Cheese cooked by one of the families
Doesn't it look awsome?!
The families couldn't wait to get cooking once their box arrived!
"Thank you for our box kids loved looking through it and exited to get to do some cooking."
Cornflake fishcakes, broccoli & peas!
"Thanks for the food box! The recipe sheets were SO good. My youngest and I had a morning in the kitchen cooking, (yes, in our pyjamas 😂). We made the fishcakes, and pear and ginger pudding. Both went down a treat tonight! Thanks again."
Toasty & Warming Ginger & Pear Pudding
Louise Cairns, Food and Health Development Officer (only 2 weeks in post!), delivered her first live online health talk on reading food labels to over 200 Facebook group participants. Louise discussed reading food labels, understanding what they mean and how to tell between food facts and fraud!
Jo Howie, Food and Health Development Officer, demonstrated how to bake the Pear and Ginger pudding live within the private Facebook Group with the assistance of fellow team member Theodora Hidalgo (also only 2 weeks in post!). They provided a friendly chat offering nutrition information and tips for substituting ingredients and different fruits to use in the pudding if pears weren't available. Jo nearly had an amusing accident with an overflowing jug of milk/egg combo! Luckily it all ended up in the pudding as planned and not all over the kitchen.
Jo & Theodora having fun in the kitchen for Facebook Live!
Other events which took place over the course of the week included...
"Thank you for a fun week Discover😊 we loved the baking and cooking and leaf making pictures❤️ learning about the pandas was awesome too, we are so grateful and thankful to you 🤗"