Reconnect through Cookery

Reconnect through Cookery brings together over forty adults with a range of learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and autism. Some of our members also struggle with mental health on top of everything else. On the menu last Friday was beef chilli tacos, and they tasted amazing. Some of us had never seen or tasted a taco, but they went down a storm, along with the fresh salad our members prepared.

We chatted about what makes you feel healthy and captured some of our thoughts. Georgia said walking, swimming, and salad makes her feel healthy. Richard said he enjoys singing in a music group, chicken, and rice. Our lovely members Richard and Mandy, who are a couple, said their relationship makes them happy, as they go on walks and feel good being together. Gethin said he likes meeting friends, walking, and going to activities.

Thank you so much to Sarah Ballett for hosting the quiz, and Hayley Fishbourne for seeing to the bingo and raffle; your help is most appreciated. Thanks also to Zoe Dummett, Cheryl Smith, and Lauren Price for being hands-on, and to Rees, Mark, Natalie, and Connor for helping in the kitchen (and not forgetting our long-time volunteer Chris who was awesome on the kitchen clean). Our sessions couldn’t go ahead without your support and help.

This project is funded through the National Lottery Community Fund, thank you.

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Volunteers and members did a great job on Friday making tuna pasta salad. For those who don’t like tuna, there was a sausage or ham option. Everyone prepared tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, and carrots for the homemade coleslaw to serve on the side. Well done everyone, lunch looked amazing!

Thank you to our volunteer Rees Powell and our lovely member Connor for working so hard on washing up, to Alex for hosting the quiz, and to our amazing volunteers Cheryl Smith and Zoe Dummett for running the group and serving up forty-six beautiful meals.

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On Friday our members were busy making lasagne. They prepped mushrooms and onions to add to the ragu and cauliflower, and carrots and broccoli to serve on the side. Members also enjoyed a quiz hosted by Sarah, and took part in a consultation with Liz Sharma and a member of the team from Caerphilly Council about recycling.

Thank you so much to all our lovely, hard-working volunteers. We don’t have a cookery session next week, so we’ll see you all on Friday May 10th for pasta bake.

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At Friday’s Reconnect through Cookery session our volunteers and members cooked hot dogs and burgers, and chopped tomatoes, lettuce, spring onions, and cucumber for the salad to accompany them. We also made fresh, crunchy coleslaw using carrots, white and red cabbage, and mayonnaise. Well done, everyone! Lunch was served with a side of fries and onion rings.

Our member Gareth turned 40 on Saturday, so we celebrated with a disco, cake, and a visit from his favourite Pokémon character, Pikachu. Everyone had a blast dancing and socializing with friends, old and new.

Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, and to Jenna for arranging for Darren to come and do the disco. See you all next week for lasagna.

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Chicken curry – served with prawn crackers and spring rolls – was on the menu at Friday’s Reconnect through Cookery session. Thank you to our volunteers Cheryl, Zoe, Ffion, Connor, Rees, Alex, Gethin, and Delyth for your hard work in prepping and cooking the food, and washing up. Thank you also to Alex for running the bingo session. Next week burgers and hot dogs are on the menu, and there will also be a disco for Gareth’s birthday.

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At Friday’s cookery session, fajitas were prepared and cooked by our amazing members and volunteers. They tasted delicious and were enjoyed by everyone at our Reconnect through Cookery group.

A big shoutout to all our volunteers who worked incredibly hard cooking, washing up, doing the quiz, raffle, and bingo, ensuring everyone had a fantastic time!

It was great to welcome another new member today, Jane, who gave wonderful feedback and will be coming back to help us prepare, cook, and eat chicken curry next week.

We ended today’s session by wishing our member Anthony a big happy birthday with a yummy chocolate cake that he kindly shared with everyone.

These sessions are kindly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

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On Friday our esteemed members became master chefs, whipping up a scrumptious spaghetti Bolognese. We chopped celery and mixed it all into a yummy mince and ragù sauce. Linguine, garlic bread, and Parmesan were added to make it a feast fit for royalty.

A big shoutout to our amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, cooking and serving a whopping 45 delicious lunches. Your hard work and dedication made this event a huge success.

And guess what? The Easter bunny hopped by early with a special delivery of chocolate eggs! We’ll be taking a short break next Friday, so we decided to indulge in this sweet treat a bit sooner.

Thanks to The Parent Network Community Forum for lending us the bunny costume, and thanks to all our special supporters who donated money for Easter eggs.

Mark your calendars for April 5th because we’ve got a sizzling fajita fiesta coming your way. Our very own Rees Powell handpicked this tantalizing meal.

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At Friday’s cookery session members made cottage pie. Everyone had a go at preparing mushrooms, onions, and carrots to add to the mince beef filling, which was topped off with cheesy mash. This was served with a side of fresh broccoli, roast parsnips, and green beans.

Many thanks to all our volunteers/members who worked very hard as always. It’s great to see so many people coming to our sessions every Friday – this week we had 55 in attendance which means we are now full.

Thank you to the National Lottery Community fund for making this group possible – the difference it is making to so many individuals is immeasurable. The group will be back on Friday 22nd March to cook Spaghetti Bolognaise together.

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On Friday our cooking group celebrated St David’s Day and enjoyed traditional Welsh faggots, Welsh Pork and Leek sausage, and homemade Welsh cakes.

Lunch was followed by a Welsh-themed quiz hosted by Ffion, bingo hosted by Alex, and a disco. Jamie won the best-dressed award (everyone looked great in their Welsh-themed costumes) and Richard (whose 50th birthday we celebrated) won the award for best dance moves.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the kitchen, cooked, dished up lunch, and washed the pots and pans. We’ll see you all next week for cottage pie and fresh vegetables, chosen by our member Nat.