A full and intensive day of private AGA cookery tuition.
Finally you have the AGA you have always dreamt of. Whether you have moved to your forever home and inherited a preloved AGA. Or perhaps, you have recently refurbished the kitchen and planning to install a much coveted cast-iron cooker. We offer a full day of ‘hands on’ cookery that is tailored to the new AGA owner.
How the day works.
Prior to your visit, we will have chatted through your course, during a ‘phone conversation or an exchange of emails. Please arrive from 9.30 am onwards. Freshly ground coffee will be brewing or there will be a teapot warming on the AGA alongside a batch of homemade biscuits. Settle beside the farmhouse table for ten minutes or so and we will chat through the schedule to ensure 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.
We plan to start cooking by 10 am. This is a ‘hands on cookery’ day but 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. If you feel that a cookery demonstration would suit your needs better, then please let us know at the time of booking.
During the day, 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 five years in commercial catering kitchens and working in private clients homes. The whole day will be spent cooking together in the farmhouse kitchen and Lisa Osman will be beside you throughout that time, gently guiding and making suggestions.
At the end of the day you will take home a file that is full of useful recipes, tips and information and following your time here, we will send you electronic copies too. If there are any questions that arise after your time with us, Lisa promises that you can contact her for help and advice by email or a prearranged telephone call.
Lunch and ample refreshments will be included. There will also be short break, allowing you time to wander down to the River Allen or visit the Church in St. Giles after lunch.
The tuition will draw to a close by 4.30 pm when we will enjoy a pot of tea and some homemade cake. This will give you the opportunity to ask any additional questions and then the day will draw to a natural close by 5 pm.
Caroline and Roger from Buckinghamshire
‘Very many thanks for welcoming us to All Hallows. The stay alone made it worth the trip, but the AGA course absolutely exceeded expectations. You won’t be surprised to learn that the first pie lasted precisely five minutes once we got home – the smell was torture during the journey! The second is in the freezer along with a host of other goodies. Roger is especially pleased to have learnt some new pastry techniques and is happily planning what to make for the country-house opera season, which sees us entertaining most weekends.’
Joanna and Bruce from Bath
‘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
‘Thank you for such a wonderful weekend, we have learnt an enormous amount. What a beautiful place to learn to cook! Thank you.’