Cook up some cash

If you have an appetite to save money and eat well, join one of our free ‘Cook up some cash’ workshops.

There’s plenty on the menu at each session. With take-away tips on shopping, cooking and healthy eating – all on a budget. We also serve-up advice on how to lower your energy bills and save more money.

A good portion of residents have already benefitted. Don’t miss out.

We cater for 10-20 residents per session, so it’s a good opportunity to meet new people and share ideas.

As a taster, the session pictured saw us make chickpea and sweet potato curry (see below). When you take part, you’ll sample three different meals, get a free lunch and leave with a free slow cooker!

Tim Barwood is one of the organisers. Tim is our Environmental Sustainability Manager. We asked him a few questions to find out more.

Where did the idea come from?

Cook up some cash has been developed over time. We’ve run various workshops in the past and sometimes struggled to attract residents with appealing content. We tried offering financial incentives but felt there was a better way to engage people by offering some really practical and useful advice.

Why do you think the workshop is so popular?

Our offer of a free slow cooker and ingredients definitely gets people’s attention. We also do our best to make each session interesting and fun.

Is there anything that surprises you from running Cook up some cash?

The thing that surprises me the most is how little people switch supplier to keep their gas and electricity costs down. The feedback we get is really positive and lots of residents get involved because they’ve heard good things from their friends through word of mouth.

"The workshops are great fun to be a part of as people clearly enjoy them. Sometimes people can take a little bit of persuading to taste ingredients new to them!"

Did you know?

We priced up 21 branded items against 21 own-label equivalents and saved an average of £30.28 on the weekly food shop. That works out at £131 a month and a whopping £1,570 a year.

To find out more about upcoming Cook up some cash workshops, and to book your place, phone Mary on 01204 329710 or email


Slow cooker chick pea and sweet potato curry

Serves: 4 - 6 (0.95p per serving)


  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 big teaspoon garam masala or curry powder
  • 1 small tablespoon plain flour or corn flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 400g tin chickpeas
  • 400g tin coconut milk
  • 50mls water
  • 150g peas

What to do

  1. Finely chop the onion, crush the garlic and peel and dice the sweet potatoes to 1cm cubes.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then add to the slow cooker with the onion, garlic, sweet potato and spices.
  3. Stir to combine then pour over the coconut milk and water.
  4. The vegetables should be coated in the milk and just submerged. Put the lid on and leave to cook.
  5. At the end of cooking, add the peas to the slow cooker.
  6. Stir to combine and cook for a further 4 - 5 minutes to heat through, but keeping them bright green and fresh.

Cook on:

  • high for 5 hours
  • or on low for 8 hours.

OPTIONAL – if you want a thicker sauce, mix a little cornflour with a splash of water to make a paste. Add to slow cooker, mix and cook for a further 20 minutes.

If you have a story to share, please email