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AGA Christmas Cookery 2019


Date: Private AGA classes are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays on a date to suit you.  A full day of personal tuition with Lisa Osman, for you and up to one other person in our farmhouse kitchen.

Available Dates for Winter 2019 –  please contact us

Time: Depending on your travel arrangements, we suggest you arrive at 9.30am for coffee and the class will start by 10am.  Tuition usually draws to a close by 5pm when we all dine together or you are welcome to take some dishes home with you.

Age: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Accommodation: We have lovely guest bedrooms available – please enquire if you wish to extend your stay. We can offer special rates for AGA cookery guests. All Hallows Farmhouse is proud to be included within the list of approved AGA cookery schools.

To book: To reserve your place please contact us with some dates that may suit you and we will send you full booking details.  It is possible to pay securely online by paypal or we can send an invoice for BACS transfer. A full day, bespoke cookery course including meals, for up to two guests is £500.  A 50% deposit is required to secure the date and the final balance is due a month before your scheduled date.

Gift vouchers: If you would like to purchase an AGA cookery day for a friend or loved one please let us know and we will be pleased to help you.  These are payable in full at time of booking and the voucher is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

What do I need to bring?: We supply knives, aprons and all ingredients.  You will take home a cookery file of recipes along with additional useful information.  You may like to bring a pair of wellingtons or outdoor shoes so that you can explore the gardens.  Don’t forget to bring some containers to take some samples home with you.

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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 you prepare for the busy Easter holidays.

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 Christmas entertaining.

This full day course covers all the traditional classics as well honing some contemporary dishes. 

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 –  Canape bases, breads and puddings

Poaching – seasonal fruit compotes, perfect for get ahead breakfasts and standby desserts

Roasting – the ultimate celebration lunch

Simmering – labour saving ideas for side dishes and seasonal accompaniments

Cookery skills

Festive baking – rich butter doughs and pastries

Working with eggs – Swiss meringue & roulades

Emulsions and gravies – rich sauces and reductions

Meat cookery – Preparation, food hygiene for planning ahead, timing and menu planning


Canapes – for the perfect Christmas Eve Drinks Party 

We will show you how to make sensational canapes and nibbles for your festive or new year party.  Sharing the secrets of what can be prepared well ahead and time saving tricks of the trade.

Sample menu

AGA popcorn, blinis and caramelised pecans

Skewer of Dorset venison with roasted carrot, sage and wild damson jelly

Old Harry gougeres

Rosemary and parmesan shortbreads with parsley pesto and slow roasted tomato

Brunch – to begin Christmas Day 

Nothing beats a cooked breakfast, and a lazy mid morning brunch has to be the best way to feed a crowd.

Sample menu

The ultimate AGA fried egg and toasties

Kedgeree or Tortilla

Perfect poached eggs and hollandaise for an ultimate Benedict

Christmas Lunch – whether you wish to eat in time for the Queen’s speech or wait until the early evening, we will explain how to time everything to perfection

Sample menu

Timings for your bird – whatever your choose

Perfect roast potatoes and gravy

All the traditional side dishes  along with some contemporary twists

Delicious ‘meat-free’ meals that everyone will want to try

Christmas Cakes, puddings and mince pies.

Boxing Day-  Time for you to step out of the kitchen completely

Flavoursome family meals that are ideal for you to freeze and plan ahead.

Leftovers – Waste not want not 

Lets make the most of the larder and talk food hygiene and safety in the home.


Recent testimonials

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!’

Sue and Julia from The Isle of Wight – November 2016

‘Brilliant day – thank you very much.’

Sue from Bournemouth – November 2016

‘Thank you both for a wonderful day! I absolutely loved all the new recipes and tips.’


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