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.  Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have taken the programme online and are providing lots of exciting activities virtually.

Since the summer, there has been an increased need for support which has resulted in Edinburgh Community Food delivering food boxes to an increasing number of families.  This Easter we supported 325 families by providing a food box each week of the school holidays.  The Covid-19 crisis has really put pressure on families already struggling financially and this project has supported them at this extremely difficult time, providing healthy food in dignified way.

A girl excited to receive her box!

Via a closed Facebook Group and our YouTube channel, we offered online cooking demonstrations to encourage families to try new meals, making it a joint activity to get the children involved in cooking.  Families received recipes and all the ingredients needed to join in with the online cooking activities. 

Here's Chris showing off the contents of what families received in week 1.


The programme of activities and cooking during Easter was based around the theme of Spring into Action


Easter 2021 Recipes

We provided recipes and ingredients to encourage families to make Vegetable Frittata, tomato and coriander salad, crunchie coleslaw and apple and pear sponge.  Our Food and Health Development Officers, Jo Howie and Theodora Hidalgo, gave live demonstrations of how to make the Frittata and apple and pear sponge via Facebook Live.  Families could either follow along in real time and ask questions/leave comments or they could watch it back later.  We also had Gloria from Made by Flour, who took families on a culinary journey and taught them how to easily make authentic pasta from scratch and a delicious sauce for Lasagna!

Theodora (& Chris) making apple and pear sponge via Facebook Live!

One family's photo of their apple and pear sponge using less sugar! 

Easter Activities

We also provided a food play activity to get the children creative with food and an educational worksheet around fruit and vegetables for little ones to get involved in. 

Other activities arranged by the City of Edinburgh Council included: 

  • A photo competition
  • Story telling
  • Arts and crafts
  • Inspire Theatre workshop
  • Spring Animals
  • Make a spring mobile
  • Leaf Science and Art
  • Music

And much more!