A GROUP of mothers have been stirred to inspire others as they create their own cook book.
Murton Mams hope their recipes will help fill the plates of their community as they put together dishes which are simple to prepare and balanced.
The newly-formed group, set up to bring together women after a study found they are most likely to be isolated in the village, jumped at the chance when they heard about the Community Cook Book project.
East Durham Trust, which is helping the team put together their ideas, said it was a great opportunity for them to learn new cookery skills and pick up hints and tips on how to feed their families a healthy meal.
Each week for the next four weeks a group member will take along a healthy recipe to share and cook together to a session, with all recipes made being included in the book.
Over the coming months similar cookery sessions will take place in various venues across East Durham, including The Robin Todd Centre in South Hetton; Blackhall Community Centre, Wingate and Station Town Family Centre and the Greenhills Centre in Wheatley Hill.
A total of 24 recipes will be shared and included in the book, which will be printed and distributed to hundreds of people.
Residents are being encouraged to join in the events, with project managers keen to see a diverse range of recipes shared, inspiring people to follow a healthier diet and showing health foods are not necessarily boring or expensive.
East Durham Trust’s chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “We are constantly looking for innovative ways to promote healthy lifestyles and this is a great example of getting to the heart of community.”
Among those taking part in the Murton group is Stephanie Carrel, who said: “I though it was really good. I enjoyed it and got some good tips. Looking forward to making soup this week.”
Another mum Rebecca Wadey said: “I really enjoyed it, I always do. Looking forward to this Friday as I’ve never made soup before.”
The Community Cook Book project is an initiative managed by East Durham Trust and supported by East Durham Health Network and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundations Cook for Life initiative.