Cook Along Cookbook launched in Derry kitchen
A new Cookbook has just been published by Apex Housing Association, following the success of a unique cookery programme delivered over the last two years.
The Cook Along programme began in 2021 as a means of tackling social isolation and financial stress during the Covid-19 lockdown. It has seen tenants from across the north take part in cooking demonstrations led by local chef, Charlie Dillon, with ingredients supplied by Apex prior to each session.
The Cook Along Cookbook, launched at an event in Apex’s unique demonstration kitchen in Derry, features a collection of recipes from the programme and has been distributed to more than 5,000 Apex tenants.
Eilish Doherty, Apex Housing Manager, said: “The last few years have been a struggle for many of our tenants, with the pandemic and rising cost of living causing additional stress and worry. Our Cook Along events have provided a social gathering to look forward to, whilst also helping tenants to discover new cooking skills and learn how to budget for food. The launch of this Cookbook is a proud moment for everyone involved in the Cook Along programme.”
Martina O’Neill who participated in the programme, said: “The Cook Along sessions have been absolutely fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed taking part and have made lots of new friends in the process. Chef Charlie has been so patient and always explains everything so well. I was delighted to attend the launch of the Cook Along Cookbook which is a great achievement for Chef Charlie and Apex who have made this programme such a success.”
Chef Charlie Dillon who continues to lead Apex’s Cook Along sessions, said: “It’s been a pleasure being involved in this programme. Delivering demonstrations via Zoom certainly came with its challenges in the beginning, but we soon learned how to make it work and participants really appreciated the opportunity to get involved. Everyone has grown so much in confidence since we started and I’m very proud of what we have all achieved. This Cookbook is a terrific milestone for the programme which continues to go from strength to strength.”