Sadly we had to abandon our popular EAL Healthy Cooking Club from the beginning of lockdown and we are still unable to reinstate our face to face weekly cooking sessions.
However, a group of enthusiastic members have ingeniously set up a weekly remote cooking club on Zoom. Here are some photos of their excellent dishes and an article by Anudhi who organised this lovely activity.
The current participants speak the following languages: Japanese, Malayalam, Sinhala, Spanish and Tamil.
COOKING CLUB by ANUDHI CONNOLLY
Just after lockdown, Tomomi, Manju, Ayako, Antonette and myself decided to start a weekly cooking club. The idea was that each person would distribute a recipe beforehand so that we could all cook together on Zoom. Since starting I have also invited a school friend Amani, who feels quite at home with us and faithfully joins us from Sri Lanka every Thursday. Her poor husband has to sometimes have a very late dinner if for some reason we alter the time of our meeting!
Our main focus is on cooking and promoting healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes. We follow a few simple rules so that we do the best we can as a cooking club. We continue to grow and learn from each other the subtle differences of our cultures and our cooking methods.
After a few weeks of cooking we got the news that Tomomi and family had to go back to Japan. We met in Kew Gardens for a picnic to see her and bid her goodbye. Tomomi still keeps in touch with us but hasn’t been able to cook with us because of the eight hour time difference and her busy schedule.
So far we have cooked dishes such as Tofu Doughnuts, Flourless Chocolate Swiss Roll, Potato and Pepper Curry, Tomato Chutney, Dhal Curry and Coconut Sambol, Onion Bhaji, Pizza, Ratatouille, Calzone, Spicy Couscous, Paneer Curry and Pumpkin Curry. Every Thursday we make our families feel as if they are in a five star restaurant!
We are very grateful to Manju for her excellent graphic design skills and displays of her culinary creations. We all get inspiration from her in food presentation which is an art in itself.
We have had a few teething problems with Zoom which is all too familiar but we are all determined to overcome any obstacle to continue with the club and our social interactions across the globe.
The cooking club has given us all optimism and the joy of friendship during these uncertain times.