A sociable and informative festive cookery demonstration in the farmhouse kitchen.
Gather a group of your friends together for a seasonal cookery demonstration, followed by a delicious lunch, cooked especially for you.
The ingredients will be freshly picked from our garden, or delivered early that morning, from the Walled Gardens of St Giles House. Eggs will be freshly laid from our own hens, whilst locally reared meats will have been collected especially for your event, from Six Penny Handley. The fish delivered straight to our door, landed from the Cornish coast or shellfish caught in Poole Harbour.
Whether you love your AGA, dream of installing a cast-iron stove in your own kitchen or prefer the electronic control of conventional cooking, this is a perfect opportunity to gather a group of friends together and plan ahead for the forthcoming Christmas celebrations.
We will share lots of cookery hints and tips that will be relevant for every one who loves to spend time in their kitchen. For AGA owners, we will chat through the rules of the traditional stove, as well as discuss the benefits of the new generation cookers.
How the day works:
Gather a group together, select a date and choose from one of our themed events below :
- Get ahead for Christmas – November 2019
- Prepare for ‘Stir up Sunday’ – November 2019
- Edible Christmas Gifts – November and December 2019
- Canapes and Nibbles – November and December 2019
Please arrive from 10.30 am. The kettle will be on and there will be freshly ground coffee or a pot of tea waiting ready to be poured. Following introductions and the chance to catch up with your friends, settle down beside the AGA and watch Lisa demonstrate a selection of festive bakes, party menus and family suppers that can be prepared well ahead of time. All the while there will be a lunch slow cooking in the AGA ready to enjoy after your demonstration.
Our philosophy is to teach skills rather than recipes, so we will also share tips on how dishes can be adjusted to take account of the seasons and your store cupboard.
What we will make during the class:
This will reflect your chosen theme above but also dependent on the best available produce from the All Hallows garden and our suppliers the day before your event. You can be guaranteed that whatever we select, it will be ‘squeaky’ fresh and locally sourced as far as possible, along with a few treats from further afield chosen from our favourite artisans. Please do let us know at the time of your booking whether any of your guests have any dietary requirements or preferences.
As the demonstration draws to a close, you will be invited to make your way to the dining room and lunch will be served with a complimentary glass of wine.
The event will draw to a close by 2.30 pm.
Judith from Holland – April 2019
‘We really enjoyed our day at the farmhouse. My (mother-in-law) Corry also had a great day as I hear her telling the story of our day to everyone.’
Sallie-Ann from Bath – December 2018
‘Yesterday’s Beef Stew was a rip roaring success with my son…..in his words restaurant standard! Mustard mash and vegetables all perfect too.l cheated on a chocolate cake homemade from a local cafe but not great, hence a baking class with you on my return. Lisa I can’t thank you enough for giving me confidence again to feel I can do it.’
Kirsty from Dorset – October 2018
‘I so enjoyed yesterday and really cannot thank you enough for answering all my questions. I got up this morning and made a casserole properly. The kitchen is only weeks away and I know after time with you yesterday, I will spend hours in there confidently baking!’