The CookABILITY series is back for a second run of videos, offering festive cookery tips for people with learning disabilities and autism.
The YouTube video series, which aims to encourage people with learning disabilities and autism to cook for themselves, is back for a Christmas run. The CookABILITY video series launched in December 2018 and returns this year for a six-part run in the lead up to Christmas. The videos are being released on YouTube and offer accessible recipes and cooking advice, including how to cook Christmas meals and festive treats. This include making giant pigs in blankets, turkey and mince pies. All videos are hosted by and feature those with learning disabilities and have been made by the charity United Response, which is hosting the series on its YouTube page.
Kitchen skills, cooking techniques, knife safety and kneading dough also feature in the videos, which were recorded at United Response’s centre in Devon. Two of the videos are now online, with the remaining four being released in the festive run up.
"Home-cooking a meal from scratch can seem daunting for people with learning disabilities and many will often choose the easy, sometimes unhealthier, option," said Bex Gingell, Senior Service Manager for United Response in Devon. She added: "We want to empower the people we support to make informed and independent choices about the food they cook and eat. "That is why we’re bringing people with learning disabilities together this Christmas and equipping them with the tools and knowledge to cook with friends and family in confidence. "But CookABILITY is not just about ease and accessibility, it’s also about tackling isolation. Our latest series demonstrates how Christmas is as much about letting your hair down and cooking comfort food as it is spending precious time with loved ones". Last year’s videos looked at issues such as tackling obesity and featured the preparation of meals such as spaghetti bolognese, chill con carne and paella.