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

WE are delighted now to be taking BOOKINGS again.

We are happy to discuss courses, and plan ahead with you.

Do email me for more information :-
alexhalswell@gmail.com

Category: Courses

Mostly Veg or Vegan

A New Way to look at Your Diet!

SKILL LEVEL: EASY
COURSE LENGTH: FULL DAY (10am – 4pm)
COURSE PRICE: £130.00

COURSE DATES:

Ever thought you might become vegetarian or vegan; have a young family member
who is and you are trying to plan meals for all; or simply wanting to cut down
on eating meat and dairy? 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 or Roast vegetable 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.

Mediterranean Light Bites

Favourite light dishes with holiday memories

SKILL LEVEL : MODERATE
COURSE LENGTH : Full day
(10 am – 4.00pm)
COURSE PRICE: £130.00
COURSE DATES:

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!

Why not treat a couple of friends to a fun day out and then take your party home after?

Xmas Gifts & Treats

Giving from your Own Hands is so Special

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

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 e) Rich Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Gingers & Orange Dippers: Mincemeat; Toffee & Fudge; Cookies & Tree Hangers: Chocolate Bark: Cinder Toffee…..

Planning Ahead for Christmas

The Classics as well as new ideas

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY (10am – 4pm)
COURSE PRICE : £130.00
DATES :

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!5

What’s in My Cupboard

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF DAY
DATES & PRICE ARRANGED PRIVATELY

This is a personal, Intensive one to one session – to sort out your food storage! Do you know what you have in the freezer or that tall cupboard? Or how old it is!? Or maybe even how to cook it?

We will look at the ideal foods for you to keep in your cupboard/fridge/freezer for you and your family to enjoy; discuss ideas to “throw together” a last minute supper for surprise guests or extras. And almost more importantly how not to waste food, how to store or freeze foods properly in order to keep it at its best and how to use up left-overs.

Special Diets

Ways to help you with a difficult diet

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

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

Special Occasion Entertaining

Plan your own event and do the Catering yourself!

SKILL LEVEL : ADVENTUROUS
COURSE LENGTH : FULL DAY or HALF DAY
COURSE DATES : On request
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 or FULL DAY

COURSE PRICE: £75.00/£130.00
COURSE DATES:


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.

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