Cooking

Create healthy, tasty and cheaper meals

Cooking in a Men’s Shed? Absolutely. The old saying, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ probably still holds true for many of us, who love food. But we have found in Scotland that there are only a few buddy chefs compared to those who know how to ‘top and tail’ some veg. This was/is traditionally often the domain of our women in the house and now days with ready meals and fast food, many men are still at a major loss in the kitchen. They can build an oil rig or a ship but creating anything which has more ingredients than a bacon roll is a bridge to far. In many Men’s Sheds across the world we find retired and budding Chefs sharing their culinary experience shoulder to shoulder in the Shed kitchen with their fellow Shedders. Not only do the men learn how to create healthy, tasty and cheaper meals in a great environment but they sit down around the table afterwards and share a meal together with all the lads.

Some Sheds even have their own Polytunnels and are growing their own vegetables. These they use in the Shed for their meals and as a fundraiser for the excess amongst the Shedders. You might also get involved with the Fareshare Food scheme. More than 1,000 charities and community groups are receiving free surplus food from several supermarkets through FareShare FoodCloud. Feeding people, reducing the national carbon footprint and landfills. Makes sense to help them out and turn it into delicious Shedder fuel.

Some Sheds have also created some ideas around ‘Cooking for One’. If we become divorced or widowed it’s often a hard enough time to keep going and to learn to start cooking for yourself is just too much for many of us. Learning to cook before that happens (you might not get divorced then) or to be able to support a friend in that circumstance would be most welcome. Some of the Sheds have created their own favourite Shed recipe cookbooks, which we have in our Members online Resource section to help get you going at home first and then in the Shed or visa versa. It’s also a very good idea if your Shed gets into this, is to think about hosting a Big Lunch for your community. That way they get to know about your Shed, you attract new members, possible donations and it’s a great community initiative.

We look forward to receiving your favourite Shed recipes so our Scottish Shedders Cookbook has more in it than Bacon Rolls. Come on lads, put down that spanner and pick up the spatula, hungry stomachs are waiting for you in the Shed and your community.

Send your favourite ‘successful’ recipes  and the ones to avoid to: info@scottishmsa.org.uk

What our members say

In short. We already feel invigorated, more motivated, more active, healthier and indeed happier. Isn’t that what a Shed is about?- Bill B
Your advice and help in negotiating and securing us a lease has been invaluable. We wish you every success in developing the SMSA to the point that every area in Scotland will have a regional advisor. - Alan P
There have been times when the task ahead of us has seemed too much and without your presence to re-kindle our motivation we might have faltered.- Peter
Many thanks for such a fulsome conversation this morning. Both Lawson and I learnt a great deal from our chat and from your advice. Well Being!- Alan S

Men involved in community Men’s Sheds report living healthier, happier and more connected lives.