Hi guys Sara here,
Hope you all had a great time over the festive season. And you are keeping up all those healthy low-carbon, zero waste, low-cost food resolutions.
During the first term in 2012 the Transition team has organised and delivered several events across Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley campuses such as cookery workshops, demonstrations and lower carbon living courses.
Before the holiday break, we hosted an international dinner party in Hamilton Students’ Union; the event included a cooking competition. Students were asked to team up to present a dish from their country. The dishes had to be vegetarian and the category for the winning dishes were, the most economic dish and the second category was, best meat alternative to Christmas tradition.
The Christmas dinner table was set and the dishes started to arrive, all the dishes looked very tasty and were made from scratch using ingredients as local as possible.
Here are some pictures of the competing dishes:
Mediterranean Couscous salad and home-made Humous by Katja
French courgette muffins made by Maud and Margot
German potato salad made by Julia
French Tapanade made by Florent
Each team was given a limit of £6 to prepare a dish; the total cost of the whole dinner was about £35. For this amount 11 people enjoyed a 3 course dinner, for example one winning dish the apple crumble, cost only £5 to prepare and made two large trays.
This shows how cooking from scratch not only has great health benefits, but can also save you money and make sharing food much more fun!
During the events that Transition team held, we had the opportunity to learn some great healthy recipes from other cultures, such as a fruit ice cream which is only made from frozen fruit, mixed together with added syrup. Also the French Tapande which is made very simply of 3 ingredients, garlic, olives, olive oil and served on toasted bread, it’s a dish that you can prepare very fast and costs only £2.5, and you can enjoy it as delicious snack or a starter.
Cooking is fun and will save you a lot of money, if you would like to learn how to cook fast and tasty recipes, get in touch with us and we will let you know when our next cooking workshop is. You can also arrange to prepare your own dinner party or cooking competition and the Transition team will provide you with great ideas and recipes that will save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and let you share amazing meal with your friends or flatmates.
More details and pictures from Transition events can be found on our Facebook page Transition UWS https://www.facebook.com/#!/UWS.Transition
P.s. Here are a couple more photos from the event in Hamilton. More on our Facebook page!