A full day of personal AGA cookery tuition and one night stay.
The spring evenings are just beginning to lengthen, although the evenings are still chilly. Explore the country lanes and listen out for the birdsong or spot the owl hunting across the water meadows. Later that evening, snuggle up beside the fire and then sleep soundly in the Mulberry Room overlooking the walled garden.
Locally cured bacon and eggs from our hens will be served fro breakfast along with freshly ground coffee and homemade bread with our award-winning marmalade. Then spend a full day cooking in the farmhouse selecting the very best produce that this time of year can offer. You will hone your skills preparing AGA baked bread and a seasonal lunch of slow cooked spring lamb or sustainable fish slow cooks with organic seasonal vegetables followed by a warming, traditional pudding or a sweet treat free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.
How the ‘Dorset Kitchen Escape’ works.
This class can be tailored to suit anyone, whether you are an AGA owner or prefer a conventional range oven or gas stove. Prior to your visit, we will have chatted through your course, during a ‘phone conversation or an exchange of emails. Please arrive from 3.30 pm onwards. There will be a teapot warming for a freshly brewed cup of tea and scones warm from the AGA.
Later in the evening we will serve a charcuterie and cheese supper platter* or you are welcome to book a table at the local pub. Sleep soundly in the Mulberry Room and breakfast will be served from 8.30 am. We plan to start cooking by 10.30 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.
During the class we will prepare your lunch and this will be served family style around the farmhouse table at approximately 2 pm. Ample refreshments will be included and the hands on cookery will draw to a natural close around 5 pm giving you plenty of time to recap on any of the skills we have already covered during your time with us.
At the end of the course 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 cookery class, Lisa promises that you can contact her for help and advice by email or a prearranged telephone call.
*Please pre-order a sharing platter no later than forty eight hours before your arrival and notify us of any dietary requirements at that time. Platters cost £30 per couple and will include a variety of local charcuterie and cheeses depending on availability.
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.’
Jo and Martin from Buckinghamshire
‘It is now two weeks since we have been able to move into our house and switch on the AGA! It has been an extremely busy time for us since we left the peace of All Hallows and we are only now starting to get our lives in order. Martin is planning to make bread this Friday after work! Can I reiterate what a restful time we had at All Hallows and thank you once more for the experience.’