This week we were cooking with Nacro, the crime reduction charity, at a women’s hostel in Withington. Nicola (pictured below in the stripy pinny) showed the group how to make a really tasty tomato and lentil soup and some wholemeal pitta breads to go with it. Once we'd mixed and kneaded the dough (so easy!), we rolled it into separate tear shapes before placing these under a hot grill to puff up and brown. How simple is that!
The lovely Jenny, who runs the community group and is full of boundless energy, got cracking with a spicy apple tea that filled the room with some fabulous aromatic smells that are strangely often only associated with Christmas but were great on a chilly February day. As we sipped our tea, we got stuck in to some great conversations about food, especially the issues surrounding fish at the moment. See the Cracking Good Food Facebook page for more photos - click here.
We're really looking forward to cooking with the ladies again next month. The upcoming classes we have chalked up include Chinese "takeaways" and meals cooked from a sad-looking fridge, and we're also planning on having a barbecue once the weather gets a bit warmer.