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Cracking Good Food Chorlton Cooking Workshops

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Cracking Good Food is delighted to announce the next round of Cracking Good classes for the public, running between 15 January and 15 February 2011.

This Chorlton-based cookery network encourages more home cooking through hands-on classes for paying members of the public, funded workshops for community-based groups plus pop-up Cooks On The Hop sessions at local events.

Our purpose is to cook together and eat together to pass on food knowledge and share ideas for tasty, affordable meals. Adele Jordan of Cracking Good Food, now a social enterprise and a year old, says: “The support and demand for cooking sessions has been astounding. People really enjoy getting stuck into good food when they’re shown what to do, and it’s so social too!”

Funded by the Local Food Fund (National Lottery) and The Co-operative Membership, Cracking Good Food classes cost just £20 (or £15 for the unemployed, students or over 65s) for three hours of prepping, cooking and eating. The new Saturday classes run between 11am and 2pm while the Tuesday classes take place 6pm to 9pm, all at Chorlton High School on Nell Lane.

Places are limited to 12 so everyone has the chance to get hands-on and ask plenty of questions. The ingredients we use are seasonal, organic and fairtrade where possible, and bought from Chorlton’s great independent retailers. We’ll show you how to eat meat ethically, fish sustainably and veggie and gluten-free easily.

Sat 15 Jan: Breadmaking for Beginners (Cracking Cook Rob) Sat 22 Jan: Breadmaking Advanced – Sourdough (Cracking Cook Rob) Tues 25 Jan: Breadmaking for Beginners (Cracking Cook Rob) Sat 29 Jan: Spicy Vegetarian (Jam Street Café’s Kate) Tues 1 Feb: Breadmaking Advanced – Sourdough (Cracking Cook Rob) Sat 5 Feb: Curry Up (Kath from Unicorn Grocery) Tues 8 Feb: Marvellous Meat (Beth of Electrik’s Guestrant Wild Food fame) Saturday 12 Feb: Mexican Tapas (Unicorn’s Fernanda) Tuesday 15 Feb: Risottos Demystified (Kim from Islington Mill Café)

Full details of the classes can be found on the website (currently being developed, so bear with us!): http://crackinggoodfood.org/ and our blog: http://crackingcooks.blogspot.com/

Bookings can be made online, via email (fiona@crackinggoodfood.org), by calling 0845 652 2572, or in person at Hickson & Black’s deli in Chorlton. Vouchers are also available.

Community groups interested in working with CGF should contact Adele. We’ll also be recruiting for new cooks and volunteers next month: please email Fiona for details.

2010 Cracking Good Food Chorlton information:

The Chorlton-based cooking network brings together local residents with experienced chefs who can help them develop their cookery skills and expand their recipe repertoire. Individuals and groups of friends or family learn how to rustle up simple, delicious and affordable dishes together, then everyone sits down to eat the feast they’ve made.

Each one-off three-hour class costs just £15, or £10 concessions, thanks to funding from the Local Food Fund (National Lottery), The Co-operative Membership and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Places are limited to 12 to give everyone a go at prepping and cooking, and so everyone has the chance to ask plenty of questions.

Classes take place every Saturday from 11 September, and run between 11am and 2pm in the well-equipped domestic science rooms at Chorlton High School on Nell Lane.

The first six sessions are in conjunction with Chorlton’s Unicorn Grocery:

Saturday 11 September: Gluten-free treats (with Fernanda of Unicorn) Saturday 18 September: Seasonal roots and squashes (with Unicorn’s Nina) Saturday 25 September: Great Bakes (with Richard from Unicorn) Saturday 2 October: Tasty Tofu and Tempeh (with Unicorn’s Lorenzo) Saturday 9 Octobe;r (starting at 10.30am): Use Your Loaf! (with Cracking Cook Rob) Saturday 16 October: Mexican Tapas (with Fernanda)

Other events on the menu for autumn are: Cooks On The Hop stir-fry outside Unicorn on Saturday 4 September (12-4pm); Wild food forage and feast on the Ees with local herbalist and guest Cracking Cook Jesper Launder on Sunday 5 September (2-5pm) A special cook-up at Glebelands City Growers in Sale on Sunday 12 September (2-5pm).

Details of the Cracking Good Food classes from Saturday 23 October will be confirmed soon, and will include four weeks of Christmas baking and caking.

Special dietary requirements can easily be catered for and bookings are taken online at http://crackinggoodfood.org/when-and-where or in person at Hickson & Black’s deli in Chorlton.

Find out more about Cracking Good Food via the website crackinggoodfood.org, by emailing Fiona via fiona@crackinggoodfood.org, or by calling 0161 881 7070.