Cooking up a healthy community one meal at a time

WANT to improve the health of your family or just tired of your old recipes? if so, attending a new weekly cooking class in vegetarian cooking at New Norfolk could be just the answer. The classes are being organised by Seventh Day Adventist pastor Henry Higgins and his wife, Chanel, following a community survey which identified a strong interest in improving eating habits and healthy cooking.

About 40 people have already booked for the first class to be held this Thursday (July 4) in the Seventh Day Adventist Hall on the corner of Officer and Montagu streets beginning at 5pm. The cooking demonstrations by Mrs Higgins, with the support of some volunteer helpers, will be supplemented by health talks provided by a registered nurse and a GP. The classes will run over an eight week period.

Mrs Higgins acknowledges it’s a big challenge but one she’s familiar with having grown up watching her grandmother, Verona Rosevear, and mother, Lois-Joy Scheman, providing a similar service to their communities. “It’s something I’m very passionate about because I’ve seen the positive effects of healthy eating in my own family,” Mrs Higgins said.

“With my grandfather now well into his 90s, I’ve seen at firsthand how beneficial a healthy diet can be and I want to share that with others,” she said. Originally from New South Wales, the Higgins family moved to Tasmania three years ago and as well as cooking they also grow their own vegetables, and their two young daughters already are big fans of steamed broccoli.

Not only will class participants be able to watch Mrs Higgins prepare a main course, side dishes and a dessert, they’ll be able to share in the delicious meal afterwards. Handouts of the recipes will be available on the night and copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase with all profits supporting the healthy living program. An activity table will be set up so that mothers can watch the demonstration while keeping an eye on their children.

For further information or to book a place, call 0410 869 137.

By CHRISTINE WARD

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