The aim of the food learning programme at the Garden Museum is to inspire participants to cook with, learn more about, and enjoy to eat; plants. We base our recipes on vegetables and fruits and like to include botanically inspired foods such as edible flowers and herbs. Where possible we take inspiration from items in The Museum’s own collection, gardens or the temporary exhibitions.
The programme has an emphasis on healthy nutritious food by nature of its vegetable centric recipes, but also through choosing foods that are high in fibre, contain complex carbohydrates, are lower in refined sugar and promoting cooking from scratch. However, the nutritional angle is never pushed or the main focus of the session, as we believe giving our participants the necessary skills to cook delicious nutritious food from whole ingredients is the best way to inspire them to continue with these habits outside of the classroom.
We achieve this through our diverse programme incorporating working with a wide range of groups through our public programme open to all and community based sessions aimed at groups who come along together.
Each cooking session we do includes sitting down together at the table to enjoy what we have made together. Eating together socially and mindfully is an important aspect of the cooking process, and something which can be neglected in modern life.
A list of all our upcoming public Food Learning events are below.