Cookery Courses

Cookery Courses

We all need to keep learning in life, and cooking is no different! Our courses are aimed at novice cooks, experienced cooks, and everybody in between.  They are fun, light-hearted, and avoid all jargon, complex discussions about cooking or gardening, and encourage exchanges of cooking experiences, knowledge and views.

They take place in the beautiful village of Sudborough in Northamptonshire, in the Village Hall. Which has a lovely garden in which to relax and eat lunch or our snacks during the day if the weather suits.

Even if you cannot make a course, you can still have a go at a new recipe, each month, on our Recipe of the Month page.


'Cooking Together'  (£55 per person)

10am to 4pm at Sudborough Village Hall. Groups of a maximum of 5 of us will learn the basics of cooking with herbs.  How to grow, keep and use them. How to use them as ingredient substitutes. How to make herb oils and butters. How to freeze them. How to use them to help you remain within your food budget.

You will leave with oils, butters, bouquet garni, drinks, leftovers from lunch (if any!), snacks, and one or two dishes relevant to the session we will have shared together.  You will also leave with confidence to be experimental with your herbs - having had a go using any of my stock herbs that takes your fancy during our session.

'Specific Cooking Themes' (£80 per person)

10am to 4pm at Sudborough Village Hall. Groups will range from groups of 4 to 10, depending on the theme.  You must have been on one of the Cooking Together days first because certain basics will be assumed. You will leave with dishes appropriate to the session we will have shared together.

Dates and Themes

Sunday 26th May:  Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Saturday 22nd June: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 23rd June: Get Set for Summer (FULLY BOOKED). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.   Learn how to make food for BBQs,  Picnics,  and quick meals so you can enjoy the sunshine and not just the kitchen!  Make the most of the fruit and vegetables of the season as well as seasonally appropriate meat and fish.

Saturday 27th July: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 28th July: Get Set for Summer (FULLY BOOKED). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first. Learn how to make food for BBQs, Picnics, and quick meals so you can enjoy the sunshine and not just the kitchen! Make the most of the fruit and vegetables of the season as well as seasonally appropriate meat and fish.

Saturday 24th August: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 25th August: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED).

Saturday 28th September: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 29th September: Seasonal drinks throughout the year (Postponed). Please note you do NOT need to have been on the Cooking Together course beforehand. Hot dinks, cold drinks, warm drinks, alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, mead (yes, really!), refreshing drinks, fizzy drinks, fun drinks, tea, tisanes.  Snacks, biscuits and nibbles to go with them will also be made.

Saturday 26th October: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 27th October: Autumn and Winter flavours (FULLY BOOKED). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.

Saturday 23rd November: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)

Sunday 24th November: Preparing for Christmas - including making edible gifts with herbs (1 place left). You do NOT need to have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.

For all courses:

We will make our lunch together, obviously using The Herbs!. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

I am afraid that allergies/food sensitivities cannot be catered for as the Village Hall kitchen is not solely used by me. 

I welcome vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and meat eaters to all sessions. Herbs are very adaptable to all ingredients! Cooking is about togetherness and learning from each other, with respect for each person's choices.

If you have a disabiity of any kind, contact me before booking. I will try my best to accommodate your needs.

I only accept 4 or 5 guests on each course.  We all live our lives differently, with different cooking abilities, budgets, time available to cook, confidence, experience etc.  I design each course based around the guests who are coming. Because if we vary in how we live our lives, so should our cookery courses reflect that too.

How to book and pay:

Choose your date.  Contact me with a request to attend. I will confirm (unless the day is full in which case I will tell you).

I will send you a form to complete regarding yourself, and any particular needs you may have.  I will send you directions and details of anything you need to bring with you (not ingredients - I will provide you with plenty of those!).  I will provide you with details of how to pay.

If you would like to stay overnight, we have an excellent pub in the village, with accommodation.  Contact Aaron at www.thevanearms.co.uk  Or if you wish to make a weekend of it in an unusual place, try the Country Bumpkin yurts - a little further afield but lovely if you fancy treating yourself to a stay there.

Suppliers of the ingredients that you will be using

We do not use supermarkets.  Your food on the day will come from some of the following businesses who are local, and who enable the Hawkwell Herbs' supply chain to be sustainable environmentally, economically and socially:

https://www.theoldrectorygardens.co.uk/  

For fruit and vegetables, you couldn't get any closer than those grown in this stunning garden!

http://waterloocottagefarm.co.uk/

Great tasting, ethically raised, meat. And other locally sourced products. A central hub for all that is best in Northamptonshire food and drink.

http://www.pearmansfarmshop.co.uk/about/

Leicestershire based fresh fruit and vegetables.  A chat with Andy before each cookery day ensures that Sara gets the best value, freshest, seasonally appropriate ingredients for your course.

https://pasturespoultry.co.uk/

Quality poultry, which free ranges on the farm, with slaughter taking place on the farm.  Farmers who care.

https://www.dailybread.co.uk/

Ethically sourced, and environmentally rigorous, products such as pulses, rice and other basic staples. Great for vegan and vegetarian products.

https://bevistandairy.co.uk/

Beloved by those on our courses who don't ordinarily like cheese!  Creamy, locally made, with a real passion for their animals and the products they produce.

http://www.stokegoldingtonchristmastrees.co.uk/fruity-farmer.html

Rapeseed oil - used in cooking the herbs. Gives a wonderful golden colour to both the food we make and the herb oils we create.

 

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