Cookery Courses designed for you.
You will find our homely kitchen just outside
Chichester in historic Tangmere, West Sussex
TEL : 01243 532240

Email : alexhalswell@gmail.com

 

 

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 Learn the Basics

The Perfect Beginners cookery courseBeginners 10896210

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : 3-4 MORNINGS or 2 FULL DAYS
DATES:
Price according to times and menu plan

The perfect starting point for any age - young or older.
These classes can be for groups or individually if you prefer,
then you can design your own day at your own speed. 

Starting with the correct chopping and preparation of vegetables and herbs for stocks, soups
and sauces, through a complete roast meal, working with eggs for both mayonnaise and puddings; handling fish and meat, cooking rice and pasta, and making some easy yet delicious weekday suppers.

 

 Students Leaving Home

A self-catering course before going to UNISausage beans 4609100

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY (10am - 4pm)
COURSE PRICE : £75.00
DATES : Dec 11th
(16 years upwards) Includes lunch, hands-on cooking and recipes
to take away. Dates in the holiday times can be arranged to suit you).

Students will have a crash course in self-sufficiency! We will cover a selection of dishes
that should feed them for 5-6 days on a student budget, as well as talk about shopping,
the nutritional content of what they are eating and the advantages of batch cooking.

We will prepare dishes such as Bacon and lentil soup, Minestrone, Pot Roast Chicken, Left-over's Risotto, Bruschetta, Sausage and Bean Pot Supper, Potato and Cheese Frittata, Green Vegetable Stir-fry, ways with baked potatoes and mash, Lazy Fruit Pie, Lemon Sultana Drizzle cake. We break for lunch to test out their culinary delights so far and at the end of the day students will take home samples of their cooking, along with their recipes and notes.

Healthy cooking and eating is vital for all ages and especially for the young. Feed the brain! Learn to love cooking at an early age. Become excited by blending flavours. Have fun with new tastes. Keep your food fresh and simple. Buy locally produced food. Choose the best quality you can afford.

 Young Students

Easy cookery for youngsters

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF DAY (10am - 1pm)Cheese scones 11618900
COURSE PRICE : £55.00

 DATES:  Dec 13th

(11 years upwards)  Includes tastings, hands-on cooking and recipes
to take away. Dates in the holiday times can be arranged to suit you.


You're never too young to enjoy the treats of the kitchen made by your own hand!

Students will go through a few basic techniques, the use of knives and kitchen dangers. Then they will watch and cook dishes such as Vegetable Couscous, Fish Pie, Ham and Apple Scones, filled Crunchy Potato Skins, Spicy Chicken Wings, and Blueberry Muffins. At the end they will have a chance to taste
all the dishes and take samples home along with their recipes and notes.

Healthy cooking and eating is vital for all ages and especially for the young. Feed the brain! Learn to
love cooking at an early age. Become excited by blending flavours. Have fun with new tastes. Keep your food fresh and simple. Buy locally produced food. Choose the best quality you can afford.

Xmas Gifts & Treats

Giving from your Own Hands is so SpecialChoc truffles 10773100

SKILL LEVEL: EASY
COURSE LENGTH: HALF DAY (10am – 1.30pm)
COURSE PRICE : £75.00
DATES : Nov 1st

 A busy half day of sticky sweetness!!  But we will end with
a light lunch and you will go home with lots of goodies and the recipes as well.

There are many luscious sweet festive treats we can make easily at home and give, or enjoy over the holiday. Things like Cinder Toffee (with or without chocolate) Rich Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Gingers & Orange Dippers: Mincemeat; Toffee & Fudge; Cookies & Tree Hangers …….

Planning Ahead for Christmas

The Classics as well as new ideas

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY (10am - 4pm)Xmas pud 1379100
COURSE PRICE : £95.00
DATES : Nov 30th

This will be a busy day, not all cooking but plenty of chatting and
ideas, a working/tasting lunch and many recipes to go home with!

We will look at THE cake – the variety you like and ways to decorate, and of course a rich and delicious Christmas pudding! We will do some planning ahead for your main day menu, what you can cook now and put in the freezer and any shortcuts you can make for an easy day!

Mince pies for instance; rich beef casserole; pork & cranberry terrine; party crab cakes; salmon filo pie; alternative puddings and so much more! Or just plan new ideas for you for a change!

 

Mostly Veg

A Good Way to Start!Pepper mousse 11431100

SKILL LEVEL: EASY
COURSE LENGTH: FULL DAY
COURSE PRICE: £95.00

COURSE DATES: Nov 29th

Ever thought you might become vegetarian; have a young family member
who is and you are trying to plan meals for all; or simply wanting to cut down
on your meat eating? It can be difficult to start but there are so many recipes
that can fill the bill or be made with and without meat. It’s time to look again
at some easy and flexible recipes!

How about Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne; Mushroom Blue cheese Gratin; Char-gilled Polenta; Courgette Bean and Fetta Salad; Red Pepper and Courgette Mousse; Various Risottos; ways with Stir Fry’s; Vegetable Tarts and Pastries – and so many more.

Chocolate Delights

Luxurious Treats and FavouritesChoc roulade10397100

SKILL LEVEL : MODERATE
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY 
COURSE PRICE: £95.00
DATES: Nov 15th

Always naughty and always delicious but you should taste a selection
of good chocolate before you start. Then cook using some of them to
make favourite treats like Rich and Creamy Truffles; or sticky toffee
brownies; Layered Chocolate and nut Gateau; Classic Chocolate
Roulade; Soft centred Chocolate puddings; White Chocolate Mousse
wrapped in a stunning chocolate case

Simple Cake Decorating

From Cup Cakes to Birthday Cakes and more....

Skill Level: Moderate
Course Length: Half Daycup cakes11647100
Course Price: £70

Dates: 

There is more to cake decorating than Cup Cakes -
though you will see them in every bakers' window these
days and they also turn up as Wedding cakes – but
it is a good place to start.

This simple Cake Decorating course covers numerous ways to decorate
Cup Cakes and goes on to also look at handling butter cream and
fondant icing for larger cakes. You will try out all sorts of effects,
learn different piping techniques and shapes – and even make your
own or a friends' Birthday cake if you wish?

Cake icing skills are not difficult they just take time, patience, a little artistic touch and a bit of precision work. Come along and have a go! Bring some friends and get creative!

 Enjoying Fish

  Fabulous fish is healthy, low calorie and quick

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY 10am-4pmCoquilles
COURSE PRICE : £95.00
DATES : Jan 16th

Cooking fish as part of your weekly menu is tasty, healthy,
economical, and easier than you might think! Just a few
tips will mean you can fillet and skin the freshest of fish
or prepare your favourite shellfish - a useful skill on
self-catering holidays near wonderful European markets.

One of the healthiest ingredients is on our doorstep - or at least our coastline! But it is
underused and undervalued.  See for yourself when you discover about different fish:
how easy it is to fillet and skin fish for quickly grilled or fried suppers; how to prepare
shellfish and turn prawns, mussels and clams into classic Mediterranean dishes; how
fish cakes and fish pies can be easy, delicious and economical family favourites, yet
pack a punch of flavour!

 Beautiful Breads

Enjoy Baking Your Own Loaf of Bread!

SKILL LEVEL : EASYSoda bread 1666
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY (10am - 4pm)
COURSE PRICE: £ 95.00
DATES:  Jan 9th

Just the aroma of baking in the house is enough to make your
mouth water, so why not start a new healthy hobby?

Baking bread is relaxing, rewarding and therapeutic.  You can knead away all the
frustrations of life then watch your lump of dough rise up miraculously and turn
into a fragrant smelling loaf of crusty bread!  You will make a selection of simple
white and brown breads, quick and easy soda breads, delicious herby pan bread,
black olive bread or many others.

 Italian Cooking

Favourite holiday dishes; pasta, pesto and more.. 

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY Spag clams 3432100
PRICE: £95.00
DATES: Jan 29th

If you have always wanted to try your hand at making pasta you
will love this day! Floury, messy, very hands-on and also very tasty.
Besides the kneading, rolling, shaping, cooking and flavouring of
pasta, we will make various pasta dishes; a selection of classics -
like Bruschetta and delicious griddled vegetables;pesto
or tomato sauce for your pasta; Melanzane Parmigiani – a
vegetarian layered aubergine dish with 3 cheeses; maybe
a seasonal  risotto and if time a pudding or two....

 English Favourites

Classic English dishes are still some of the best!

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY 10.00 - 4.00pmIrish Stew2255100
COURSE PRICE : £95.00
DATES :

So on St George's Day put up the flag and bring back some happy
childhood memories.  Dishes you thought had been long forgotten
when we turned our interest to Mediterannean, Eastern and
Asian flavours.

Real English cooking has never been more exciting and popular.
Perhaps you would like to revive some of the classics for your family:
Dressed Crab; Steak and Kidney Pie (and other variations); Toad
in the Hole (Yorkshire pudding with Sausages – or a vegetarian version);
Lancashire Hot Pot; Navarin of Lamb (Spring Lamb Casserole);
Braised Beef; Classic Sauces; Traditional Raspberry and Macaroon
Trifle; Summer Pudding; Lemon Syllabub with Brandy Snap fans;
Fruit Crumbles; Apple Pie Variations; Bread and Butter Pudding; Baked
Creams.There are so many more - do ask if your favourite is missing!

 Men in the Kitchen

Lads its your turn to cook - easy or smart suppers

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY (10am - 4pm)Men in the kitchn6b
COURSE PRICE : £95.00
DATES:  Nov 11th

(Sessions include lunch, hands-on cooking and recipes
to take away. Mid-week dates can be arranged on request).

Come on chaps - we know you can do more than just the barbie!! 
Men rarely admit to enjoying cooking but many do and make very
good chefs too.

Some men love cooking; some have happily let the women take over!
This course is designed to enthuse the guys to get back in there
and dust up their forgotten skills! Choose from our easy supper
dishes for two - such as Prawn and smoked salmon rolls; Spiced
Potted Prawns; Tomato & Gruyere Tarts; Butternut Risotto with Roast Pork Fillet; Duck with spicy crust; Lamb shanks; Linguine with Mussels; Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken fillets; Quick chocolate Tart; Glazed Berries with burnt sugar topping; Strawberry and Brandy Torte with Chocolate Sauce.

Why not get a group of your mates together for a fun day cooking and take home a supper to surprise someone!

Mediterranean Light Bites

Favourite light dishes with holiday memoriesGarlic chilli prawns 2427100

SKILL LEVEL : MODERATE
COURSE LENGTH : HALF DAY 10 am - 1.30pm
COURSE PRICE: £70.00
COURSE DATES: Nov 7th

Tapas, Antipasti, Mezzes, Hors d’oeuvres – whatever you call them -
these light and wonderfully tasty dishes are so often top of our
starter list. They are all ideal for light lunches, al fresco eating,
sometimes even a picnic or a party!

You can choose from a long list of my favourites – for instance Stuffed squid, Prawns in filo, Garlic baked or griddled prawns, Mussels in Harissa sauce, Breadcrumb topped mussels, Baked aubergine slices with lime & honey glaze, Ceviche (Mexican - cured fish so raw but cure cooked), Cheese/risotto rice balls – Arancini, Chicken satay with authentic peanut sauce, Thai crab cakes with fish dipping sauce, Potatas Bravas - in chilli & chorizo mayo. Or add your own favourites too!

Special Occasion Entertaining

Plan your own event and do the Catering yourself!

SKILL LEVEL : ADVENTUROUS
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY or HALF DAYSpecial entertaining 10190300
COURSE DATES :
Prices according to menu plan

Why not treat this class as a dummy run for your special family
event coming up - no need to get the Caterers in!  Let's plan
the menu together to suit your likes and budget - just allow
yourself enough time!

Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to entertain in the garden with ease and simplicity on
a lovely summer evening or week-end? Or carry off that stunning winter or Festive Dinner Party you have always dreaded doing!

Well it is not difficult with the right recipes, a little planning and advanced cooking. From a whole salmon filleted and ready to serve, to elegantly finished plates of someting really special; easy fork suppers; simple starters or exotic bites; relaxed but delicious puddings or wonderful creations? What more could you want? Just a little help from Alex?

 

 Clever Canapés

Easy food bites and party platters 

SKILL LEVEL : MODERATE
COURSE LENGTH : HALF DAY 10 am - 1.30pmBlinisl
COURSE PRICE: £70.00
COURSE DATES: Nov 23rd

Perfect for all year round occasions! They sound fiddly
and are expensive to buy but you could so easily make
your own. I have lots of great ideas for easy bites –
smart and sophisticated if you wish – quick and easy
if you prefer! Spend a few hours making your chosen
selection with me and take home your own party platter.
We will end with a brief tasting and a quick chat about party drinks.

 Glamorous Desserts

Finish your menu with a luscious and elegant pud

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF OR FULL DAYtoprt2
COURSE PRICE : £70.00 - £95.00
DATES: Oct 25th

This is the time to be as creative as you like and add
a bit of glamour to the occasion. Puddings, whether
hot or cold, should not be passed off as just something
before the cheese - they are treats for all to enjoy!

The end of a dinner or special meal can be the perfect time to show off your creative
flair and leave your guests with happy memories and clamouring for your recipes!
 Also many desserts can be made in advance giving you more time to prepare and
get the perfect results.  This course will look at the art of gorgeous and gooey
meringues or Pavlovas; light and fluffy soufflés or mousses; flaky pastry layers;
sticky chocolate puddings and many seasonal treats.

Basic Chalet CookingBeef gremolata 12130200

SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE
COURSE LENGTH: TWO DAYS OR LONGER
COURSE PRICE: £ 110.00 PER DAY
DATES: TO BE ARRANGED PRIVATELY

This is designed for anyone hoping to work/help in chalets during the season.
It is not a full training for a Chalet Chef, but it does cover much of the basics
and is the perfect starting point before applying for a job if you wish to do 
the Ski season!

It will include discussion and advice on - breakfast, tea, dinner, canapes, shopping, budgeting, special diets, freezing & food storage,  Health & Safety, menu planning, presentation…. in two days of intense cooking covering stocks, soups, starters, pastry, puddings & baking; vegetables, pasta, rice, eggs, fish & meat cookery and loads of recipes!

Duke of Edinburgh Courses

Dates: According to School Timetable
Email: to discuss and for full details
Price: £210 for 12 weeks (with holiday breaks)

Students will work in Groups of 4-6 according to the level they are at. For instance Bronze will require 12 weeks of 1 hour each time. They will learn a new technique
each week and are then required to write up their recipe. They will take their food home after group tastings and discussion.

 Special Diets

Ways to help you with a difficult diet

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF DAY
DATES ARRANGED PRIVATELYGluten free tart 11439100

Price according to time and menu plan.

A helping hand for those with dietary problems - allergies,
diabetes, Gluten & Dairy issues - let's talk it through and
plan some delicious recipes to make eating more enjoyable
and stress free.

Discovering that you or a member of your family has diabetes, or an allergic reaction to ingredients such as Gluten or Dairy foods, can really throw your normal household cooking approach into disarray and be very worrying too. I can prepare a day that will answer some of your worries as well as show you how to create suitable meals with minimal change to your usual cooking methods.
For instance Coeliac (gluten free) diets require the use of special wheat free products – but you can still make delicious family meals such as Spicy vegetable and Chick Pea casserole, Red Pepper and Courgette Mousse, Mushroom Stroganoff Pancakes, Prawn Ratatouille Tartlets, Chocolate Brownies, Lemon and lime curd tart.

 Family Cook-Ins

Cook with the family and have fun as well

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF or FULL DAY
DATES ARRANGED PRIVATELY

The ideal way to encourage the family to eat well is to cook together and eat together. Learning to cook at home is the best place to start. 

Mother and daughter, Father and son, or all the family together, whichever group you prefer can cook together to produce delicious family favourites. Many families enjoy cooking together and many youngsters want to learn but would prefer to be with Mum or Dad. You choose what dishes you wish to learn too.

Half or full day, price on discussion according to numbers and length of course.

 Party Days

Celebrate by having a cook-in with friends!

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF or FULL DAY
DATES ARRANGED PRIVATELY

Girly Birthdays out:  Lads plan the dinner.  Learn a new skill with friends. This is a unique way for a small group of 4 - 6 good friends to enjoy a celebration cook-in or meal together. Tell me what you want to cook and  I will plan the rest. Cook together and then eat together - make it a real celebration and I can provide a cake and the wine too if you wish! 

Price on discussion, according to numbers and menu