Cooking on a budget

Nothing brings people together like good food

As more and more Borderers are turning to Food Banks to put food on the table we recently joined forces with social enterprise organisation ‘You Can Cook’ to help people feed their families by ‘Cooking on a Budget’.

In partnership with Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) and Waverley Housing under the banner of the Financial Inclusion Borders Project, we organised a series of  You Can Cook ‘Cooking on a Budget’ workshops throughout the Borders from Cockburnspath and Reston in the east to Hawick and Jedburgh in the west. These were open to everyone, not just the housing associations’ tenants.

The format for each workshop included You Can Cook’s Executive Director Bosco Santimano and his team cooking two budget recipes, tasting, advice, conversation and awareness of how supermarkets encourage us to buy what we don’t need. Advice was also given on the changes we can make to enable us to be more savvy with our food shopping.

Goodie bags containing ingredients, recipes and additional information were presented to each attendee to take home with them.

Bosco Santimano said:

“Having a healthy diet is the key and first step to leading a successful life.

Budgeting and organisational skills will empower participants and give them the tools that will allow them to differentiate the cost of ‘ready meals/takeaways’ and cooking from scratch. This cookery session will reinforce to participants the ethos that cooking your own food is not only healthy but they will also know exactly what is in the pot while saving money.

All our workshops encourage learning through active participation which allows everyone involved to interact and learn from each other.

As an organisation with healthy living at our core, our ethos is to motivate communities and individuals to enhance their health and well-being through food.”

The workshops were held throughout the Borders from March until June with a total of 111 people attending 15 demonstrations.

A booklet was produced containing all the recipes used and posted out to the attendees at the end of the final event.


Recipes from the workshops.