Fragile X Group experience the Bradford Ministry of Food
Halloween 2012 - six young people with Fragile X Syndrome and other special needs came to participate in a cooking session at Bradford’s Ministry of Food. Fragile X syndrome is caused by one of the genes on the X chromosomes being faulty. The symptoms may vary from minor intellectual impairments to major communication issues with severe learning disabilities.
A message from Rachel Latz, a 14 year Student from Bradford Christian School, Bolton Woods.
Hello, my name is Rachel Latz, I am 14 years old and I have been coming out of my lessons at Bradford Christian School during the day, to do a 10 week cooking course at Jamie Oliver’s ministry of food in Bradford.
During this time, I have learnt to cook many different dishes and met some inspirational people on the course. The first week I was there, one of the people I met was a man called William who is in his 80’s (you’re never too old to learn how to cook!) He had been on a cooking course before but wanted to go on another one.
That 1st week we all made poached eggs, when I went home I made them for my family and taught my dad, who was most impressed. During the course, I made many different dishes and would take them back to school afterwards at lunchtime. My friends were waiting for me and were wondering what I had made and they couldn’t wait to taste it...they ate it all!
Towards the end of the course, my teacher talked about making a meal for my class so they could all enjoy the food I was making, we decided to do this. I mentioned this to Andie, my tutor at Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food, he said that he would help me and be my assistant, which was great. I sent out invitations and invited my class and some of the teachers also and all together there were around 21 of us. So on the 25th April 2012, we went to my friend’s house and we made a 3 course meal which consisted of:
Starter: spinach and lentil soup with cherry tomatoes.
Main: Salmon Tikka with cucumber raita on naan bread.
Desert: butternut squash muffins.
All of my guests said that it was some of the nicest food they had eaten. Who said healthy food tastes bad...it sure doesn’t! One of my friends was so impressed that she wants to go on the course herself. They were asking for the recipes so I got some copies and gave them out.
This cooking course has really helped me with my confidence and cooking skills. I really recommend this course to anyone, any age, who want to learn how to cook, hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
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