Eat Better, for Less

Learn how to cook better than the takeaway, eat delicious food and save money with Bags of Taste’s free Home Cooking Course..

How it works

Take part in our Mentored Home Cooking course and you’ll learn how to make delicious, healthy meals for less than £1. Designed to be done at home at your own pace, this interactive course is done via Whatsapp or  over the phone. The groups are fun and it’s a great way to make new friends.

We’ll also give you tips and advice on how to budget and save money when you’re shopping. To get you started, we’ll send you a free bag of food to your door with all the ingredients you’ll need, some equipment and a local shopping guide.

We’ll be with you every step of the way, even after the course.

At the end of the course, you’ll receive your graduation pack containing more exciting but wallet-friendly recipes which build on the ones you have -, so you’ll be able to continue saving money while cooking, sharing and enjoying great food with your family and friends.

You’ll also be invited to join our friendly online community and get access to some amazing recipes from all over the world. There are also videos and tons of ideas, tips and food inspiration as well as all the support you need to continue on your cooking journey!

“I actually really enjoy cooking now, it’s not a chore for me anymore I’m really excited to see what I can make and cook up.”

“I must admit, it’s very enjoyable to be able to fend for myself after been sheltered from the kitchen for all my life”

“I’m cooking a lot more at home, I’ve got children and I want them to know that healthy eating is important and easy”

Please select from one of the locations below

HASTINGS

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

HACKNEY

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

HARINGEY

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

ISLINGTON

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

CITY OF LONDON

We are running a full programme of distance learning courses in the City of London district to provide free weekly-ingredients bags for 4 weeks (8 recipes, 16 meals in total) – spaces are limited.

THIS IS ONLY FOR RESIDENTS IN ELIGIBLE POSTCODES – PLEASE CHECK YOUR POSTCODE HERE

NEWHAM

We are running free courses for Newham residents as part of Newham Council’s Healthy Weight initiative.  Please click HERE for further information.

SUTTON

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

TOWER HAMLETS

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

WALTHAM FOREST

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

WANDSWORTH

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

MALDON

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

NEWCASTLE

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

SHEFFIELD

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

THANET

We are able to offer residents a free, delivered, ingredients bag and course materials, containing the food for 7 meals (3 recipes) and all materials required to participate in our 2-week course.

I decided to get involved during lockdown to help the Sheffield community during a difficult time where many people are isolated and in financial difficulty because of the pandemic.

Cooking is a big hobby of mine so I really enjoy getting to combine something I enjoy with teaching people from different backgrounds to cook healthy and tasty meals on a small budget.

I love the community vibe within the groups and that it gives people new-found confidence when it comes to cooking.

— Dani, volunteer