Hazel

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a retired university librarian managing to keep myself busy and active in retirement. As well as volunteering with Food etc I am an Independent Custody Visitor (we visit all Custody Suites in Bedfordshire to check on the welfare of people detained in police custody) and a Trustee at the Rothsay Education Centre.  I also play tennis regularly, walk with the Rothsay Ramblers and do yoga.

Why did you decide to volunteer with Food etc?

I am passionate about good food and cooking. I’m always trying new recipes and reading cookery books and magazines. I wanted to share my enthusiasm with others. It’s especially rewarding going into schools and community centres and working with children and their parents.

What do you enjoy most about working with Food etc?

I enjoy the fact that we can make a difference. Getting children who are fussy about food to try new things. Helping parents to cook nutritious food from scratch. I love the delight on children’s faces when they taste what they have cooked.

Have you had any challenges?

Sometimes the kitchen spaces we work in are less than optimal. Small, or (even worse) temperamental ovens pose a challenge, as do children handling sharp knives and graters. But parents are supportive and understanding. We get the job done!

What would you say to someone considering volunteering with Food etc?

I would say come and give it a try. We are a very caring and friendly team and most of us have no

formal cookery training. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

What’s you go to healthy meal – inspire us

I eat very little meat (and no red meat) so a vegetarian option is my preference.

Something like harissa spice butter beans with peppers & feta cheese’ for supper, or grilled avocado with tomatoes, basil & mozzarella for Sunday brunch.