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 www.nenelocal.co.uk - each will be listed below as it appears.
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.
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.
Sunday 26th May: Cooking Together (FULLY BOOKED)
Saturday 22nd June: Cooking Together (2 places left)
Sunday 23rd June: Get Set for Summer (3 places left). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.
Saturday 27th July: Cooking Together (4 places left)
Sunday 28th July: Cooking Together (3 places left)
Saturday 24th August: Cooking Together (2 places left)
Sunday 25th August: Autumnal Flavours (4 places left). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.
Saturday 28th September: Cooking Together (4 places left)
Sunday 29th September: Seasonal drinks throughout the year (4 places left). Please note you do NOT need to have been on the Cooking Together course beforehand.
Saturday 26th October: Cooking Together (4 places left)
Sunday 27th October: Winter flavours (4 places left). You must have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.
Saturday 23rd November: Cooking Together (4 places left)
Sunday 24th November: Preparing for Christmas - including making edible gifts with herbs (4 places left). You do NOT need to have been on one of the Cooking Together courses first.
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.
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 usual place, try the Country Bumpkin yurts - a little further afield but lovely if you fancy treating yourself to a stay there.
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:
For fruit and vegetables, you couldn't get any closer than those grown in this stunning garden!
Great tasting ethically raised meat. And other locally sourced products. A central hub for all that is best in Northants ingredients.
Ethically sourced, and environmentally rigorous, products such as pulses, rice and other basic staples. Great for vegan and vegetarian products.
Poultry raised in the open air to an older age for superior taste. All processing and butchery carried out on the farm.
Rapeseed oil - used in cooking the herbs.
January - a herb salad https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2019/01/january-herb-salad-hawkwell-herbs/
February - Sage in tomato sauce with whatever takes your fancy! https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2019/02/sage-advice-hawkwell-herbs/
March - Spicy chicken with broad leaf Thyme. https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2019/03/get-spicy-march-like-hawkwell-herbs/
April -Tasty Bites and Lemonade https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2019/04/hawkwell-herbs-april-recipe/