Ba­sics of bak­ing are back


A Pukekohe cook­ing class is stretch­ing both the cook­ing and bud­get­ing skills of lo­cals.

Bud­get Bud­dies of­fers cook­ing classes and bud­get­ing ad­vice for the com­mu­nity and is held at Puna O Te Ora in Pukekohe.

The six-week course is run by He­len Pull­man, who of­fers it through­out the year.

There were a lot of men and women who didn’t know the ba­sics of cook­ing, Pull­man said

‘‘Now when they’ve got a fam­ily they’ve got to get a meal of some sort.’’

Ros­alie Bromwich helps Pull­man to run the cook­ing seg­ment of the course - and stu­dents learn how to cook many vari­ants of one recipe.

‘‘I love bak­ing and I love teach­ing like He­len does - teach­ing the ba­sics.

‘‘Girls now and par­tic­u­larly boys do not get taught the ba­sics of cook­ing, sewing or ba­sic med­i­cal knowl­edge.’’

The course uses do­nated in­gre­di­ents and this teaches stu­dents how to be ver­sa­tile cooks, Bromwich said. ‘‘We get a lot bread, so the first cou­ple of ses­sions we cooked bread recipes - bread roll ups, bread and but­ter pud­ding.’’

The bud­get­ing as­pect of the course was also em­pow­er­ing, Bromwich said.

‘‘I’ve been with He­len when she’s been do­ing the bud­get­ing course and it’s fab­u­lous.’’

Bromwich of­ten found Work and In­come bud­get­ing sem­i­nars she at­tended in the past quite daunt­ing.

‘‘It made you em­bar­rassed, you felt like you were in­ca­pable of putting your life and fam­ily to­gether.’’

Bud­get Bud­dies of­fers cook­ing lessons and ad­vice to the Franklin com­mu­nity.

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