Cooking, computer classes

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Cooking classes using vegetables from the Mataura Community Garden are to be hosted in the town.

Mataura community development co-ordinator Eleanor Ranstead will host the cooking sessions, in conjunction with Southern Reap.

There would also be beginners’ computing classes, Mrs Ranstead said.

“Both are going to go for four weeks,” she said.

“I’m trying to bring more adult education, in particular, to Mataura as part of my role.”

She intended to run classes on various topics each term, she said.

It was hoped to host the cooking sessions in term 1.

“It’s [the cooking classes] something they have had in the past and it’s gone really well.”

The idea to host the cooking classes was spurred by the growing interest in healthy eating and creating family meals on a budget, she said.

Television shows about cooking had also heightened enthusiasm for the culinary arts.

The classes fitted in with the community garden concept.

It was hoped the sessions would also fuel an interest in growing vegetables and maybe becoming involved in the community garden, she said.

Participants would be able to take home what they cooked at the sessions, as well as the recipe.

“We would like 10 people at least in a class.”

The basic computing classes would be held at Mrs Ranstead’s office in McQueen Ave.

The classes would focus on basic computing skills such as how to use Facebook, Skype and email, she said.

To register for the classes call Southern Reap on 0800 111-117.