NELincs Food News

Mary Vickers – Community Food Co-ordinator

NE Lincolnshire

Tel: 07736 939171


Normal working days: Monday-Thursday

NELincs Food Bites

Please see the latest edition of “NELincs Food Bites” from Mary Vickers the Community Food Co-ordinator in NE Lincolnshire.


Another project I’m involved with is encouraging communities to have a go at growing some of their own food. Some are doing this using land around their community buildings. Others have taken on allotments. Yet others are exploring agreed use of other public, or private, land. If you are interested in exploring this too, then just get in touch via the contact details above.

Post added 07 July 2021

Slow Cooker Recipes 2 & 3 – Sausage Casserole & Sausage Cassoulet

We had 2 slightly different sausage recipes written for us. The second cookery demonstration video combines them, but both recipes are downloadable separately using the links below.

Here is the video:

Links to both recipes:

Post added 09 June 2021

Slow Cooker Recipe 1 – Rice Pudding

The first recipe cookery demonstration is for Rice Pudding.

Here is the video:

Here is the recipe:

Post added: 02 June 2021

The Slow Cooker Project

This has been an exciting project to work on…..

Slow cookers are easy to use once some basics have been explained.  They’re also cheap and efficient to use as far as electricity is concerned.  It’s estimated that an average 3.5 litre slow cooker uses about 1.3 kWh of electricity or 21p to power eight hours of cooking – that’s less that 3p per hour.  They’re also safe enough to be left and for the cooking to happen whilst people are out of the house or otherwise occupied.  Another bonus is that slow cooking tenderises cheaper cuts of meat, whilst also cooking vegetables without them going too mushy.  They also enable batch cooking, effectively making meals even more affordable. These assets are why we’ve christened this project with the hashtag #OnePotWonder

All this means that slow cookers are an ideal tool to assist those who are unable for whatever reason to provide healthy food for themselves and/or their household.  The aim of the Slow Cooker project was to provide households with a slow cooker, plus recipes and cooking demonstrations at no cost.  As Community Food Co-ordinator, I worked with a wide variety of community organisations, and it was them who decided which individuals and households would receive a slow cooker.

It was important that recipients are in an active relationship with the community organisation who nominated them – that way they can receive regular encouragement about healthy eating and cooking for themselves.  Each recipient also received a set of 18 specially chosen recipe cards.  Video cookery demonstrations were produced and posted online.  Some of the organisations have also decided to offer their own cookery lessons once Covid19 regulations allowed face-to-face participation.

Hopefully, this project will enable more people to explore this type of cooking for themselves, enjoy it, and so be encouraged and enabled to cook for themselves more frequently, more cheaply, and more healthily.  Additional hopes are that this will reduce reliance on free food parcels, increase confidence, improve quality of life, encourage healthy eating, and enhance skill development.

Overall, 375 slow cookers plus recipes cards were distributed between March and May 2021, via 21 different local community organisations.  I am grateful to the funders; to Sylvester Keal, who ordered and warehoused all the slow cookers; to Blue Lights Brigade, who delivered both the slow cookers and the recipe card packs to each organisation; to the chefs who contributed recipes; to The Community Shop (part of Company Shop Group) for producing the initial video cookery demonstrations; and to all the community organisations who have engaged with this project so creatively.

The initial 18 recipes will be added to this page bit by bit, and more can be added in future. Let me know if you’ve a recipe you wish to add. Also contact me if you have any questions about the project.

Post added: 02 June 2021

Welcome to this new page all about food!

American restaurateur Guy Fieri once said Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.”.

It is, of course, a reality in life today that not everyone has enough food. That reality takes up a lot of my time as Community Food Co-ordinator in North East Lincolnshire – an important part of my role is to work with the variety of voluntary food providers that we have in NELincs. However, another big part of my role is to encourage & enable both people & projects which help people move away from reliance on ‘free food parcels’.

So, on this page, I’ll sometimes talk about foodbanks and what our local ones are up to, but I’ll also talk about exciting food-related projects, whether these are projects going on locally or ideas that I’ve come across elsewhere, that might be worth us thinking about. These projects might be about cooking food as well as growing it, finding food as well as sharing it, buying food as well as selling it, local food as well as international food – basically anything to do with food and our local communities. The variety is endless….

And you can add to that variety too. If you have something that you would like shared on this page, just get in touch – my contact details via the details above the ideas and content needn’t all be mine – if you have something that you want put on this page, get in touch. My contact details are at the top of the page – I look forward to hearing from you….

Post added: 02 June 2021