Half day AGA ‘back to basics’ cookery class
An intensive combination of hands on cookery and demonstration for yourself and a guest. This course is ideal for anyone who is moving to a home with a preloved traditional AGA.
Ideal for the new AGA owner or anyone who would like an introduction to the ten AGA cookery methods. This class includes a ‘one to one’ (or two guests from the same household or bubble) a combination of ‘hands on cookery’ as well as demonstration and the theory of the 80/20 rule to maximise the best use of your cast iron stove.
Discussion and/or demonstration of the ten AGA cookery methods to include boiling, baking, casserole and braising, roasting, toasting, stir fry, fry, simmering and grill.
Classic recipes to gain an additional understanding of the AGA cookery rules to include 80/20, start and transfer, set aside as well as best use of the hot plates for traditional AGA owners. For guests with a new generation stove we discuss the benefits of these models and outline the differences with cooking in a conventional oven, compared to that using the sought after infra-red heat from your cast iron AGA.
Recipes are selected to demonstrate the best use of the AGA they will include the following methods (or can be adapted to offer seasonal alternatives):
Classic Swiss roll or Genoise sponge – effective use of the baking oven
Cheese scones or classic soda bread – showing how to bake in the roasting oven
Seasonal tart – AGA pastry with the benefit of no need to bake blind in the roasting oven and use of plain cold shelf
Seasonal vegetables – 80/20 rule, blanch and refresh, roasting and griddling, steaming, sweating vegetables in the simmering oven
English muffins and breakfast rolls – maximising the benefits of cast iron, using fresh and dried yeast
You will receive a comprehensive file to include all of your recipes as well as lots of tricks and tips to make the most of your AGA. There will be a lovely helper to provide all of the ingredients and preparation as well as to clear away. This will ensure your time is put to great use.
Following your class, Lisa actively encourages you to keep in touch and feel welcome to contact her with any cookery questions that you may have.
Unlimited Dorset tea and freshly ground coffee and homemade biscuits will be available throughout your event.
Your personal class is available to book at a time to suit you, by prior arrangement:
At your home beside your AGA: each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
In the farmhouse kitchen at All Hallows: Thursday and Friday.
Half day, ‘back to basics’ intensive AGA cookery class:
A midweek four hour ‘in person’ cookery class held in the farmhouse kitchen at All Hallows or beside your AGA.*
Ingredients and recipe file full of useful tips and tricks.
Home baked treats to take away.
Unlimited freshly ground cafetiere coffee and Dorset tea throughout your visit.
The opportunity to keep in touch with any additional AGA cookery questions or support.
*Within a twenty mile radius.
We are very happy to travel further afield but travel costs will be applicable depending on location.
Sharon and Mark from the Isle of Wight
‘Thinking about the wonderful weekend we have just had, I just wanted to say again a big thank you for everything over this weekend and how appreciative we are of your hospitality. I was listening to radio four in the car travelling back with Tom Kerridge as the only 2 Michelin star pub owner in the UK. He was saying how if people feel uncomfortable or intimidated in such “gastro temples” it was the fault of the proprietor and not the customer as it was down to them to make their customers feel at ease and at home
Using that as a comparator, you guys are the epitome of perfect hosts as we both were made to feel so welcome and at home.
For me, the one to one baking tuition of someone so knowledgeable and skilled was a privilege as was the relaxed conversation that we both trusted to share.
I am in awe of your talent, resilience and humanity.’