Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas

Class educates mayor on cooking

Nutritional Literacy class aims to teach healthy, budget friendly meals.

Every Thursday afternoon a delicious aroma wafts from the Literacy Alberni kitchens as 10-12 eager cooks learn how to make simple and budget-friendly yet nutritious meals.

And this time they have a special guest “chef” whose rice pilaf is cooking in the oven.

“The cooking of it went very well,” said Mayor John Douglas, before adding a caveat: “well it’s still in the oven, so we’ll see.”

The class is taught by Marjorie Jarrett, a Port Alberni resident who considers teaching this weekly two-hour long class to be a “zen vocation.”

“It’s so much fun,” she said of the program, which attracts both newcomers and repeats of varying skill levels.

“I think people can always learn and [this program] opens windows for people,” said Douglas, “and cooking is a really great skill to acquire.

“I like cooking but I’m really interested in healthy cooking, cooking from scratch instead of buying a microwave dinner or opening up a can,” said Jarett.

The class focuses on teaching participants to make a main meal with an emphasis on vegetables. Since novice cooks may not have or want to invest in much kitchen equipment, Jarrett focuses on meals that can be cooked up in a skillet.

“Quite a few people don’t have a lot of cooking equipment, they don’t have a stove with an oven, they don’t have pots and pans so we try to do minimal stuff. A cutting board, a knife and a skillet and there you go.”

Nutritional Literacy meets every Thursday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Literacy Alberni kitchens at 5100 Tebo Ave. The class is a drop-in.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Port Alberni millwright brings Beatles’ iconic yellow submarine to life for ice show

Beatlemania is set to take the ice on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Battle of the Bands winner set to perform at Char’s Landing

Sean Lyons is a singer-songwriter originally from Port Alberni

Port Alberni sends large contingent of athletes to Special Olympics Winter Games

Veteran curler Simone Myers dreams of gold in her seventh provincials

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Unplowed Roads parody song destined to be a classic

Move over Weird Al, Island elementary students on the same level

Do you live with your partner? More and more Canadians don’t

Statistics Canada shows fewer couples live together than did a decade ago

B.C. child killer denied mandatory outings from psychiatric hospital

The B.C. Review Board decision kept things status quo for Allan Schoenborn

Searchers return to avalanche-prone peak in Vancouver to look for snowshoer

North Shore Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog teams and personnel will be on Mt. Seymour

Market volatility, mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canada’s big banks

Central bank interest hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins

Hearings into SNC-Lavalin affair start today, but not with Wilson-Raybould

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

B.C. pot giant Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.

Most Read