All proceeds from our events go towards supporting our work changing lives through food, including teaching people to cook on a budget, providing flat pack meals for people to cook at home and meal deliveries for those with no food or funds.

If you would like to block book an event, please contact foodeducation@cyrenians.scot 

Persian cooking with Solmaz

Saturday 23rd January at 11am-1pm

Come and join us online on for a Persian cooking class with a Scottish twist. Chef Solmaz Eradat will be showing you how to cook a vegetarian Haggis Kookoo (a traditional vegetable flan with saffron) and delicious Yazidi cupcakes that are flavoured with rosewater and cardamom. Both recipes are vegan and so perfect if you are doing Vegan January and of course the haggis recipe would be perfect for Burns night on the 25th January. View the recipe here.

Italian cooking with Lucia

Lucia Ortisi in her chef whitesSaturday 27th February at 11am-1pm

Many British kids grew up with macaroni pie, a casserole dish of pasta and cheese that in Scotland is typically prepared using a hot water crust pastry. The roots of the dish go way back to the 18th century, with a recipe appearing in Elizabeth Raffald’s book The Experienced English Housekeeper, from 1769.

There can be no doubt that its ultimate origins are Italian, as one finds macaroni and cheese recipes from the late thirteenth century in southern Italy. Although there’s no direct link between the dish and Scotland, Walter Scott may have given a helping hand when he started to invent Scottish traditions.

It was around this time that the first big wave of Italian migrants arrived in Scotland, driven from their homeland by extreme poverty. Almost all of these Italian newcomers to Scotland worked in food shops.

The macaroni pie became an everyday dish in Scotand, but its origins in southern Italy were altogether more opulent. The Timballo, as it was known, is described in Giuseppe di Tomasi di Lampedusa’s most celebrated novel, “The Leopard”, where it takes centre stage in a sumptuous aristocratic banquet. This hearty dish of macaroni and meat encased in pastry also featured on the menu of chef Antonio Carluccio. We are going to make it too, as a celebration of Scottish and Southern Italian culinary traditions united under the same tasty crust!

4 easy steps to a great event

1. Check on your neighbours

If you can afford to buy extra ingredients, we would love for you to share your food with your neighbourhood community. Some people may need extra care and love right now.

Get in touch with them (Template note in PDF and Word) in advance to offer your cooking.

2. Learn to cook

Learn to cook with restaurant chefs, school cooks, bakers, and many other excellent food lovers, who are finding it tough right now because their place of work has been affected by the pandemic. They love to cook and share their passion. Get involved and learn to cook tasty, nutritious dishes whilst having fun doing so for a good cause.

3. Enjoy Entertainment

Listen to singers, bands, story tellers, poets and many other entertainers, who will make the one hour event fly, as they jump in to sing, talk or entertain while you prepare the dish.  These top quality entertainers are struggling to make ends meet at the moment because of the lockdown and gathering restrictions.  Enjoy their talents right here.
Singer while you cook

4. Share your creations

Follow our chefs’ recommendation on how to store the food safely, then take it to those in your neighbourhood who you’ve arranged it with.

Enjoy the experience of cooking and baking, and spread the word on your social media…

Twitter @communitykitchn

Facebook fb.me/virtualcommunitykitchen

 

Book now to cook, enjoy and share.