20 June 2010

Cooking session #3: Tasty salads With Pulses'n'grains with Avril

Avril Povah works for Nutrimens and The Sunshine Cafe in Sale, and is on Cracking Good Food's team of Cracking Cooks. She recently coordinated a session on puddings for Chorlton Good Neighbours, assisted Kim with the Easy Puddings class last week and joined coordinator Adele on a trip to see the set-up at Jamie's Ministry Of Food in Bradford. She will be running a public session called Tasty Salads With Pulses'n'grains on Tuesday 22 June at Chorlton High (6-9pm).

Avril says: "I'll be showing how to use different grains to make tasty salads, perfect for the summer, for vegetarians or for those wanting to adopt a more healthy lifestyle. We will be making Tabbouleh - a refreshing Middle Eastern bulghur wheat salad full of fresh mint and fresh parsley - and a tasty quinoa salad, which makes a great gluten-free option.

"For the pulses part, we will be making easy snacks to accompany summer barbecues or pop into school lunchboxes. Homemade hummus, sweet potato and lentil dip, and refried beans are packed with protein and nutrients and can be used as sandwich fillers, on baked potatoes or as dips. To accompany these, we will prepare some vegetable crudites using fresh carrots, cucumber, celery and peppers for all those vital vitamins, and some homemade pitta breads."

It all sounds amazing - healthy, flavoursome and perfect for accompanying all those World Cup barbecues! Once all the dishes are ready, you all get the chance to dig in, but don't forget to bring a container in case you want to take any leftovers home to impress your friends and family.

All details on the June and July sessions, which cost just £15 for three hours (£10 concessions), are on the Cracking Good Food website here.

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