EATING well doesn’t have to be expensive claims a Warwick mum who is hoping to help people save money at mealtimes.
Anne-Marie Lambert found herself questioning the cost of food after being made redundant from her managerial job at Premier Foods, where she provided recipes for customers.
Finding herself short of cash, the mum-of-two had to cut down on the weekly shopping bill and decided to take an old-fashioned approach to cooking.
She said: “I was brought up in a household where my mum would make the most of the roast meat on a Sunday. She would stretch it out to at least Tuesday. Leftover meals were a part of my childhood and when I was made redundant I found myself revisiting mum’s way of cooking by using my slow cooker more, meal planning, batch cooking, changing brands, growing vegetables and using leftovers.”
And after talking to friends about her new-found frugal skills she discovered how many people did not know how to cook simple meals on a budget.
The 43-year-old started writing down hints, tips and recipes and has now published a free book – Canny Cooking – available at local community centres and food banks.
She said: “Last year it become very apparent that while Warwick and Leamington Food Bank was doing a wonderful job providing healthy food parcels, many families did not know how to make the most of the produce they had been given.
“That’s when I produced ‘Canny Cooking’ to teach people how to cook healthy, everyday food using basic ingredients and leftovers.”
Keen gardener Anne – who also has her own business offering cookery lessons – is now taking the next step and branching out into fast food.
Anne has teamed up with local organisations such as Saltisford Church, The Gap and Orbit Housing to offer a free course teaching people how to make their own takeaways – from Chinese to chips.
She said: “Everyone loves a takeaway but they are expensive and not always healthy. One of the reasons people buy convenience food is because they lack the cooking skills.
“I will be running a course showing people how to cook a ‘fakeaway’ – making simple, cheap, healthy alternatives to takeaways from scratch.”
The course starts on Tuesday (February 24) at St Pauls Church Hall in Warwick, running from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07956 955951 to book or find out more.