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

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.

or

Glamorous Desserts

Finish your menu with a luscious and elegant pud

SKILL LEVEL : EASY
COURSE LENGTH : HALF OR FULL DAY
COURSE PRICE : £75.00 – £130.00
DATES: On request

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.

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

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