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: Easy 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.

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.

Chocolate Delights

Luxurious Treats and Favourites

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

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 Day (10am-1.30pm)
Course Price: £75

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-4pm)
COURSE PRICE : £130.00
DATES :

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

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.5

Italian Cooking

Favourite holiday dishes; pasta, pesto and more..

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

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 – 4.00pm)
COURSE PRICE : £130.00
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!

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