A COOKBOOK with a difference is capturing the hearts and the stomachs of a Powys community – it even has rugby international Dan Lydiate hooked.

The Wales international and Ospreys flanker has added his weight to the community project, to the delight of Brecon Beacons College staff who are behind the venture.

The college, where Lydiate is a former student and current Fellow, is hoping to cook up a storm by producing a book, made up of tasty recipes donated by those connected to the community, and selling it to raise funds for local good causes including Brecon Foodbank and St John’s Centre.

Abbeycwmhir native Lydiate, who was recalled to the Welsh squad to play Ireland for the 2021 Six Nations, stepped forward and provided a delicious recipe for none other than a hearty Beef Cawl. Local MS and current Education Minister Kirsty Williams has also supported the project. Along with her family, they have agreed and contributed a home favourite, that triggers for them many fond memories and a connection to the United States. The ‘Sloppy Joe’ recipe is definitely one to look out for.

College staff duo Jo Howells and Sara Miles are behind the project, working closely with Alix Miller, a St. Johns Centre community worker and Tracy Parry, who runs Brecon Foodbank.

“The principle behind the project is to work collectively to produce a cookbook made up of contributions from across the Brecon area,” said Jo.

“Our starting point was the joining of three organisations, Brecon Beacons College, St. Johns Centre and Brecon Foodbank. Other local individuals and business became involved and the project grew with contributions donated.”

When complete the books will be produced bilingually and printed by the college before being made available for sale, with proceeds going to the community projects to further support the services they offer.

“The proceeds will go to worthwhile causes, added Sara. “We are hoping to get the book completed by spring. We really want to thank all those who have taken the time to contribute to the book. We couldn’t have done it without all the support.”

If you would like to submit a recipe, email Sara or Jo at sara.miles@nptcgroup.ac.uk or joanne.howells@nptcgroup.ac.uk.