Craigmillar’s Food and Blether Group are meeting through Zoom every week to share recipes – this has included a variety of meals, including a traditional aubergine dish.

Every Tuesday, cooking lunch virtually together has kept them in touch with one another. They can share recipes, stories and even ingredients. They even deliver flour to a front door or a pot of chili jam in case anyone is without!

This past week pakoras were on the menu. Sarah showed everyone how to make two types. The first was with thinly chopped potatoes, flour, water, salt, chili powder, coriander, cumin, baking soda and turmeric. Once all mixed together, Sarah dipped the potatoes in the mix and fried them in shallow oil, continuously flipping them until golden brown. The second, she added white onion, spring onion and cut the potatoes into small cubes. They were dipped in the same delicious mix and spooned into the oil and cooked also until golden brown.


To serve, Sarah showed the group how to make a quick accompanying sauce. She mixed plain yoghurt and mint sauce together to be a great addition for the pakoras to be dipped into.

New members of the community join when they like and all cultural backgrounds are welcome. It has been a place of moral support during lockdown, especially as they cannot physically cook together as they did before.

Donna, a regular attendee, cooked along with Sarah. She said: “This is here for us to help each other. I’d never have cooked this myself. This gave me the confidence to just do it, and it’s delicious, so thank you for teaching me.”

It is proving a great source of community, a place to chat and a means for the Food and Blether group to share resources.

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