A full and intensive day of private AGA tuition for up to two people.
You may be an AGA owner who due to the demands of work, has never had the time to get to grips with your beloved cast-iron cooker. Or perhaps you have just moved to your forever home and inherited a pre-loved AGA and you urgently need to get to grips with a style of cooking that seems so different to you. Perhaps you have saved hard for your dream kitchen and now contemplating the investment of installing an AGA but want to make sure it is the cooker for you and your family lifestyle? Whatever your individual circumstances we can help.
How the day works: You arrive in the morning, or you may prefer to book one of our farmhouse rooms and stay overnight. Either way the kettle is always on and fresh coffee will be ready to serve.
Whilst we will have chatted through your course prior to your visit, either on the phone or through an exchange of emails, we will talk at the farmhouse table for ten minutes or so just make sure that the schedule for the day covers all of your expectations. If there is a method that you would like to add, please tell us. We keep a well-stocked store cupboard and larder especially for the AGA cookery days. So we are more than happy to make slight adjustments to the program.
Next it is time to get our aprons on and start cooking. Most of the preparation will already be taken care of. We also have a lovely helper to make sure all of the washing up magically disappears.
We spend the whole day cooking together in the farmhouse kitchen. It really is yours for the day and Lisa will be beside you the whole time, gently guiding and making suggestions. We will cover cookery techniques as well as the classic AGA methods. Our philosophy is to teach skills rather than recipes, so we will also show you how dishes can be adjusted to take account of the seasons and your store cupboard. We will also share our tips and secrets that we have learnt over the last twenty years in a commercial catering kitchen and working in private clients homes.
At the end of the course you will take home a file full of useful recipes, tips and information and we will send electronic copies of your recipes too. If there are any questions that arise after your time with us, Lisa promises that you can contact her at any time for help and advice over the phone or email.
Depending on the program we will either stop for lunch or have lots of tasting plates (think Tapas) during the day. The format will depend on the skills that you would like to explore. We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for quite awhile. There will also be a multiple of dishes that are being created at the same time – we promised you an intensive course and we like to meet you expectations.
The tuition will draw to a close by 5pm and then you can choose to take some of the dishes home with you (please remember to bring some containers) or we will all enjoy an early supper together before you depart.
Your AGA is perfect for baking, pastries and desserts.
This full day course covers baking bread, making pastries as well honing some traditional family desserts.
Each day is tailored to the individual, so the recipes below are just examples of the course that we can create for you.
AGA cookery methods –
Baking – traditional loaves or flat breads, scones, tarts and biscuits. Master the classic genoise or Swiss roll.
Poaching – seasonal fruit compotes
Simmering – custards or curds
Cookery skills –
Basic bread and scones
Rough puff pastry, pate sucree and choux
Working with eggs – Swiss meringue & roulades
Emulsions – rich sauces
Mousses and jellies – working with gelatine
Bind baking, quiches and tarts
Recent testimonials –
Robert from Dorset – November 2017
‘I enjoyed today and you certainly imparted a lot of information.’
Joanna and Bruce from Bath – October 2017
‘What a terrific day! We learnt such a lot and feel much more confident about the AGA we are about to acquire.‘
Kim and Sheena from Andover and Great Missenden – March 2017
‘Thank you for such a wonderful weekend, we have learnt an enormous amount. What a beautiful place to learn to cook! Thank you.’
Susannah and Virginia from Dorset and London – February 2017
‘We LOVED the day in your kitchen as you may have gathered!’