A STOURBRIDGE community group is looking to promote healthy, affordable home cooking by running a series of vegan Cookalong sessions live online.

Transition Stourbridge's first recipe demonstration will be held this Sunday (January 17) - when Wollaston caterers Caribbean Kitchen will be teaching people how to make a sweet potato and aubergine curry.

The Cookalong scheme is being run as part of national Veganuary events, and, as well as encouraging people to eat less meat, is also teaming up with local small businesses which can provide all the ingredients needed.

Transition Stourbridge has also secured Lottery funding which is enabling it to provide a limited number of free food boxes - containing everything needed for each Cookalong event - for those hardest up.

Sunday's opener will be streamed live from noon via the Transition Stourbridge Facebook page - and when it is finished, the video will remain uploaded for people to continue to follow. It will last for around 30 to 40 minutes.

Carly Bradshaw, vegan Cookalong lead, said: "The Transition Stourbridge team have formed strong links with local small business partners and we hope to provide not only an education platform for plant-based dining but also to help our members associate their local zero waste shop with its owner, or local restaurant with its chefs.

"We want to make it personal, so we are making these events free and with ingredients accessible for all - even during these current times where we are not all able to be together, we can still cook together."

Businesses taking part in the Cookalong scheme include Eco Maniax, Stourbridge Health Store, Webster's of Wollaston and Wardthorpe's of Stourbridge.

The following Sunday, January 24, Aimee's Table will be in front of the camera to demonstrate a recipe for black bean and walnut burgers.

For more details on how to apply for a free ingredients box, or on Sunday's event, visit the Transition Stourbridge Facebook page, or log on to transitionstourbridge.co.uk.