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Cooks strut their stuff

The first of an eight-week cooking course kicked off at Tatura Men’s Shed on Wednesday with nine participants (several others were unable to make it on the day).

February 20, 2014 4:25am

Jaala Freer with the Community Kitchens Recipe Book.


The course, conducted through The Men in the Kitchen program, is supported by Australian Men’s Shed Association, Greater Shepparton City Council and the Community Kitchen Program, which is funded by the Healthy Communities Initiative.

The course is being presented by council’s healthy communities project officer Jaala Freer, and on Wednesday the menu was chicken stir fry and apple scrolls.

The nine participants split into two groups to cook their preferred meal. Concise and easy-to-follow recipes were provided by Ms Freer from the Community Kitchens Recipe Book.

It was then down to the preparation of ingredients, with all participants ‘‘getting their hands dirty’’ at some point before starting to cook.

The end result was two hearty meals that participants could eat there, or take home to eat.

‘‘Imagine going home tonight and telling my wife I am going to cook stir fry for dinner,’’ participant Vince Vincitorio said.

Other participants were also proud of their culinary skills on the day.

The course not only covers learning how to cook, but also how to budget, spend less on food, try new recipes and make new friends.

Aimed at men aged 65 and over, the eight-week course allows participants to work together to complete two recipes each session.

‘‘The recipes prepared are meals that are nutritious and can be prepared on a low budget,’’ Men in the Kitchen co-ordinator Alex Carter said.

‘‘The success of the venture has been really pleasing, and we are looking forward to the next seven weeks.’’

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