Whitworth House Cookery Lessons
Cambridge Soroptimists are helping young women residents at Whitworth House to build up their culinary skills by providing cookery lessons in their kitchen. Members are sponsoring professional demonstrations by expert Rose Juhl who teaches in the Saffron Walden area.
The first menu was tomato soup and fish pie and Rosie got the girls involved straight away by peeling potatoes and chopping herbs before making a roux for the sauce.
Chairman of the Club’s programme action group, Janet Crofts says she’s delighted that cookery demonstrations have started at Whitworth House. “It’s a natural extension of what we have provided for some time by way of a starter pack of store-cupboard groceries for girls moving into the House. “
It was staff at Whitworth House who suggested the lessons might help residents to make the best use of fresh ingredients to make dishes which can be stored in freezers instead of relying mainly on more expensive microwaveable ready- made meals. The Friends of Whitworth House provided suitable kitchen equipment.
Soroptimists Jane Pearson, Joye Rosentiel and Margaret Hyde acted as “galley slaves” for the first two lessons. “The young women seem keen for us to carry on. Rosie is an excellent teacher – she involved everyone in the preparation right from the start, “said Margaret.
Now members of SI Cambridge are busy fund-raising to keep the lessons going – appropriately with a “Puddings and Poems” afternoon. They chomped their way through more than half a dozen different desserts in between reading out their chosen poems.