Cooking up a cheap treat

Participants in the cook and eat session at West View Community Centre, Fleetwood.
Participants in the cook and eat session at West View Community Centre, Fleetwood.
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Families on Fleetwood’s West View estate have been finding out just how cheap it can be to cook and eat healthily on a budget.

Housing group Regenda has launched a free Cook and Eat Together session last month for all residents living on the estate – and it proved such a tasty hit that the sessions have been re-launched.

The next one takes place on Monday at the West View Community Centre, from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

The first sessions have already produced a few surprises and food for thought, as residents admitted to 
being shocked at how inexpensively they could cook 
simple recipes.

They were astonished to discover that all the ingredients for a leek and potato soup cost just £1.84. They made enough for at least eight people, so each serving of soup cost just 23p.

Similarly, the ingredients to bake two loaves of cheese and onion bread cost only £1.88 – and there was more than enough for eight hungry people. So the cost of the bread worked out at less than 24p per person.

Young mum Kelly Johnson said she would be attending more of the sessions, adding: “The money you save by cooking from scratch instead of buying sauces, side dishes and ready meals is incredible.”

Regenda’s community development manager for West View, Tracey McNamara, said: “Initiatives like this play an important role in the regeneration of the estate by encouraging residents to help themselves.”

The sessions are supported by wellbeing charity N-Compass North West.