Eating well means eating healthily! We’ve been running healthy eating classes for adults and children for years and have recently added new courses at South Thames College. Participants learn to cook, not just well abut economically. They master the principles of kitchen safety, hygiene, nutrition and budgeting and, above all, having fun eating and cooking together.
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Where our gardening and cooking overlap! Our objective is always the same: to provide a space for the wider community of all ages to learn to garden (sometimes using mobile and fixed planters) and to make soups and other foods with what they grow. An ideal way to learn about what works best in the kitchen, where and how it grows and when to harvest it.
Cook Well for Less
Our core offer – we run classes for up to 12 adults teaching how to cook well on a budget with a focus on economy and fun. Our recipes cover all the bases and use fresh, healthy ingredients. All are vegan/vegetarian and many have meat/fish variations. We’ve recently started special pasta and soup-making workshops. We not only cook but we eat together to enjoy and chat about what we’ve made (and anything else!).
Not only adults cook! Children in our schools love making campfires and learning how to cook flatbreads – great with baked beans heated on the fire and rounded off (obviously!) with toasted marshmallow. These sessions always have at least two adults present – one to teach and one to keep the fire going safely.
Baking does not just mean cakes (although we don’t miss out on them!). We teach the essentials of making breads, waffles, scones and pastry – with participants encouraged to share different regional and cultural ideas. Everyone gets the chance to showcase their own ideas and taste everyone else’s creations.
Corporate Cooking Days
A new offer for 2024. We plan to extend what we are doing already in schools and colleges and offer tailor-made corporate days in the kitchen! Our experience elsewhere has demonstrated just how much fun these sessions can be for colleagues who see each other all too little outside the office. We’re happy to discuss what’s best for particular groups.
Seasonal soup making
An outdoor session on a freezing late November Saturday - what could be better than teaching children and their parents how to make hot soup?! Randomly selected "teams" try their hands at creating soups such as leek and potato, mushroom, lentil and ribolita. Using fresh ingredients prepared on the day and cooked in special soup makers, the soups are always a terrific success. Delicious.....