Slow cooker is the perfect tool
Well said, Carol Williams ("Cookery lessons should be brought back in school", Mailbox, January 28).
I agree domestic science should not be taken off the school curriculum, especially now most people are counting every penny.
I have been teaching my granddaughter basic cooking skills since she was little and she is so proud when she has made something.
I have also produced some really tasty meals using the cheaper cuts of meat and cooking them in my slow cooker along with the vegetables and potatoes, especially spare ribs, where the meat just falls off the bone.
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In fact, I bought my 80-year-old mother a slow cooker for Christmas and after showing her a few recipes she now eats well and the food bills are cheaper.
They are cheap to run, too, as it only takes the same amount of electricity as a light bulb so although you do have to cook your food for a few hours, it is not eating up your electricity.
The beauty is, once the food is prepared you can go out and leave it on all day if necessary. It will not require topping up with water as the condensation inside the lid recycles itself. A must for working mums!
Gail O'Downie, Leicester.
I write with regard to your many stories regarding whether or not there should be bus lanes along Aylestone/Lutterworth Road.
I am strongly against these lanes for the following reasons:
Traffic along these routes is bad enough as it is, without putting roadworks in place for the length of time required to carry out this procedure.
People say this is why buses need their own lanes, but why should people travelling on buses be given priority over other motorists?
Some might say its because by taking the bus it lessens pollution and eases congestion, but what I can't get my head around is the fact that the people who choose to use vehicles other than buses give more money than anyone else back to the Government.
Car tax, petrol and other overheads earn the Government substantial amounts of money every year, yet the bus passengers just pay their daily fare, with all the proceeds going to the bus company, so why should bus passengers have priority in getting somewhere quicker than the average motorists?
Again, this is just another big waste of money and another ego boost for the mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby.
Lisa Martin, Leicester.
I read in the Leicester Mercury about people being fined for throwing cigarettes on the pavement.
I wonder, is this another "have a go at the smokers"? I have not seen anyone fined for throwing chewing gum on pavements.
Gum makes a lot more mess and is not biodegradable like cigarette ends and also costs a lot more to remove.
Paul Lowth, Leicester.