South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors

I had promised Minoo and Stella to visit the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors since it was established in January 2008. The South Arm Cooking Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday. Unfortunately, Tuesday is my cake meet day with Polly because she is off on Tuesday. As all the cooking clubs are coming to an end in June for the summer break, I decided to cancel my cake meet in order to visit the cooking club for seniors on their first meeting in June. I was lucky as this will be the last meeting to cook for the club as they decided to go out for lunch instead of cooking for the last meeting.


It was a huge turn out that day. There were thirteen in the meeting including me, some had shy away from the photo session. The young lady at the far left, Stella is the coordinator for senior programs in the South Arm Community Center while the lady at the far right, Minoo is the coordinator of all the cooking clubs in Richmond.


The group made a scrumptious meal that day. We had Basmati Rice Flavoured with Saffron, Meatballs with an Italian Tomato Sauce, Spinach Salad with Orange Sesame Dressing, Sesame Baked Tofu and Baked Sweet Potatoes.


The group was divided into 3 groups to work on different recipes. Above are the salad and tofu groups.


The group here is working with the meatball recipe.


After labouring in the kitchen, the group is enjoying the food they prepared.


After lunch, the group is divided into two groups. One group is to divide the leftover food for them to take home.


While another group is in charged of cleaning up. This is team work. I truly enjoy this cooking club.

The meatball recipe we used is the one we made in the Gilmore Park Church kitchen.

Click on the link below for the recipe of the Italian Tomato Sauce we made to go along with the meatballs.


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil and oregano for the Italian flavoring



IMG_6369Saute the chopped onion for few minutes until soft and fragrant and add the chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
IMG_6376Add the crushed tomatoes. Flavour with dried basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
IMG_6378Mix well and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickened.
IMG_6382Serve on the side with meatballs.

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