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Easy to follow stages as well as clear handouts and core recipes to help you get to grips with your beloved AGA. This class is ideal for anyone who has just moved to a new home and has little or no AGA cookery experience.
An online class that includes step by step instructions to enable you to quickly master the 80/20 rule and essentially cook all day long beside a traditional style AGA as well as learn the benefits of the new generation models.
The tutorial offers a combination of ‘hands on’ cookery as well as theory, just like our award winning, one-to-one cookery classes. This is the perfect opportunity to find your way around your stove in the comfort of your own home, as well as learn the fundamental rules of making the most of your valuable new asset.
We will share lots of hints and tips, explain the AGA rules and why it helps to follow them, as well as give you the chance to hone some cookery skills. This online class is suitable for the owner of every type of AGA.
How the online class works:
Simply book online, or contact us if you prefer to settle by BACS, and you will receive all of the tutorials as well as clear PDF notes and classic recipes. Take your time to study these at your own pace. Re-visit the video clips, time and time again when it suits you or simply refer to a certain topic.
If you should wish, you will also have access to our Facebook group page so that you can share recipes and post images of your fabulous bakes with other cookery school guests.
Here at All Hallows, the philosophy or our AGA approved cookery school is to teach skills rather than stand alone recipes, so we will also share tips on how dishes can be adjusted to take account of the seasons and your store cupboard.
What you will need for all of the sessions:
As this is an ‘introductory course’ we urge you to get to grips with your AGA before investing in new cookware. Once you are enjoying your cast-iron stove more than you had ever hoped for, it will soon become apparent which items you will find useful to suit your family and lifestyle. However, there are a few bits and bobs that you will definitely need and these are easily available online:
Plain cold shelf – this should be already with your AGA but sometimes can be lost during a home move. Take a peek inside of stove as it may have been left on the oven floor.
Kettle – an AGA kettle is definitely a must and will last a lifetime. We will also talk about how to take care of it during your online class.
Swiss roll tin or AGA half size roasting tin
Quiche or tart tin
Baking parchment or silicon paper
Kettle – an AGA kettle is definitely a must and will last a lifetime. We will also talk about how to take care of it during your online class.
AGA toaster – for the classic toast with the instantly recognisable criss-cross pattern that once tasted is forever longed for.
‘Nice to have’ cookware – we chat through these during your online course.
We make everyday recipes during the online course and these are chosen specifically because the methods are transferable to more complex dishes:
For a a step by step and visual introduction to all of the AGA cookery methods you will make the following everyday recipes during the course:
Classic Swiss roll and homemade lemon curd
Cheese scones, a soda bread and drop scones or pancakes
English Muffins and classic white bread rolls
Savoury tart or quiche and a frittata or Spanish omelette
We will also demonstrate all TEN of the AGA cookery methods throughout the duration of the tutorial.
Everyday store cupboard ingredients that you will need as you work through your cookery sessions:
Flour – ideally plain, self raising and strong, bread flour
Yeast – fresh or dried
Free range eggs
Lemons – un-waxed
Butter – salted and unsalted
Milk semi and full fat or double cream
Cider vinegar or buttermilk
Onions, leeks or shallots
Waxy potatoes such as Desiree or Charlotte
The tuition is set out in ‘bite size’ video clips as well as PDF recipe cards so once you have booked your online class, you are able to revisit these as often as you wish. Just like our ‘one to one’ classes, Lisa still promises that you can contact her by email at any time for AGA cookery help and advice.
Your AGA is perfect for making the most of a busy family kitchen and for entertaining and this ‘back to basics’ introductory course will enable you to understand the rules of AGA cookery as well as to be able to convert all conventional recipes to AGA methods.
What type of classes do you offer?
Each class is tailored specifically for our cookery guests. We prepare a brief schedule for your approval prior to booking and this can be adapted to suit your personal needs. At All Hallows’ Farmhouse we specialise in traditional AGA cookery but as an experienced private chef, caterer and tutor Lisa is also pleased to offer classes that are aimed at new generation stoves as well as conventional cookery too.
Can my friend join us too?
The classes are designed especially to be offered on a ‘one to one’ or ‘one to two’ basis. So the cookery day is ideal for one person to concentrate on their personal repertoire or for friends or family to enjoy a day out together.
We have just moved to a new home with an AGA. I am struggling to maintain the heat in the ovens. Can you help?
We’d love to help you make the most of your heat storage cooker. The introductory AGA course would be perfect for you. Alternatively we can offer an online induction to help you get to grips with the 80/20 rule and ensure you are able to enjoy your AGA from early in the morning to the last cup of cocoa before bedtime.
My dream of a new kitchen is finally a reality. We’d love an AGA but not sure where to begin or whether it would suit our lifestyle. Could we spend some time cooking beside yours to help us make our decision?
Be our guest! Lisa has been fortunate enough to spend her working career cooking beside a multitude of stoves and the AGA is definitely her favourite. If you would like to gain ‘hands on’ AGA cookery experience, before installing your new kitchen, we are always pleased to welcome you for a class.
I’d love to escape for a cookery day with my friend but she doesn’t have an AGA whereas I do?
No problem. The alternative conventional methods will be explained throughout every stage and recipe. Equally, rather than a Q&A session at the end of the day, we encourage our cookery guests to raise questions throughout the day. This ensures every detail that is relevant to you will be answered during your time with us.
It’s going to be some time before my AGA is installed. There is so much information to absorb and I am worried that once we have moved to our forever home or, our new kitchen is completed, I will need to recap on everything that I have learned.
Following your day with us we will always send an e-version of your class content so you will have a ‘back up’ copy of your recipes and methods for reference. Once you have attended an All Hallows’ Farmhouse cookery course, Lisa always promises that you can email her with any outstanding cookery questions or advice to convert a conventional recipe to the AGA.
We have had an AGA for 25 years, how could we benefit from a cookery course?
It’s great to hear that you have loved your AGA for so long. All of the traditional cookery methods will be second nature to you, but you may like to join us for an advanced class to hone your skills and add new recipes to your repertoire. We’d love to tailor a day that is just right for you. This may include pastry making, rich yeast doughs, sourdough, butchery, fish cookery, vegan cookery, gluten free or lactose intolerant menus or a vegan diet.
I’d like to buy this experience as a gift voucher for my wife/husband/partner and we would prefer to stay. Do we both have to attend the course?
Not at all! If you prefer to spend the day reading beside the fire, or relaxed in the garden during the warmer months, that is absolutely fine with us. We will need to chat through the class content with the gift recipient prior to your stay and if you give us a steer on your favourite activities, we can make a list of suggestions for you to consider.
However, when you return home, to ensure harmony in the kitchen, even if one of you just uses the AGA to boil a kettle, we suggest that everyone in your household becomes familiar with the differences and benefits of cooking beside a heat storage stove.
We are considering a full day class but are wondering how much actual cookery will we do?
This is a ‘hands on course’ which involves lots of active participation by our guests. Some recipes will be demonstrated beforehand and then you will have the chance to follow the methods for yourself. Other dishes will be made from scratch. Whilst we highly recommend that you take part in all aspects of the day, if you prefer to sit and watch, we will need to make additional preparations for your class. Please let us know at the time of booking if you require a demonstration only.
What happens to the food that we cook?
If you are staying at the farmhouse, most of the recipes that you make will be enjoyed throughout your visit but we always suggest that cookery guests bring a basket or food container to take bakes home with them.
I am allergic to nuts, does your kitchen handle nut products?
We take all dietary allergies seriously at the farmhouse but please be aware that we do handle nuts and nut products in the kitchen during a normal working day. If you are allergic then we will remove all of these ingredients prior to your visit and store them elsewhere, however we cannot guarantee that all traces will be removed from the kitchen.
My partner is a coeliac. Is this a problem?
We have a designated larder with an extensive range of gluten free flours which are regularly re-stocked. We also make our own gluten free oat and buckwheat flour as well as grind linseed (flax) in a dedicated grinder. Prior to your class we would need to chat through your specific requirements and also check if there are any gluten free flours that you cannot tolerate. Please note that we do handle wheat flours in the same kitchen but these are stored in a separate cupboard.
We don’t live locally. Is there anywhere you can recommend for us to stay?
You are always very welcome to make the most of the farmhouse bedrooms and take advantage of the guest sitting room and breakfast room which will be exclusively yours, throughout your stay. Alternatively we can recommend one or two lovely places locally for you to relax at the end of a busy day. Please take a peek at the Orchard Room or get in touch for more details.
We are on holiday in the UK and would like to include a cookery course during our visit?
You are most welcome to join us for a class and or to stay here to enjoy a cookery holiday in the quintessential village of Wimborne St Giles, home to the Earls of Shaftesbury. We can customise your visit to suit every level of cook, whether you own an AGA or not! If you wish, we can also accompany you to local producers and the farmers’ market. Please contact us with your proposed dates and we look forward to making preliminary suggestions depending on the season and your requirements.
We have just employed a new housekeeper/nanny/cook and she is unfamiliar with the AGA?
Lisa began her career in private service and has years of experiencing cooking in clients homes. Whether you require nursery food, to stock the freezer or a gentle guiding hand to ensure your newly employed member of the household is confident with AGA cookery, we are always on hand to help you both, either in person or online.
I have an AGA and would love to make more of it but I just cannot spare the time to travel to Dorset for a cookery class?
You may like to consider a series of short online tutorials to help you master all of the AGA cookery methods as well as hone your cookery skills. We will provide a list of ingredients prior to your class and then cook alongside during your e-class. Please ask for a quote.
My family would like to follow a vegan or flexitarian diet and I need help adjusting to this lifestyle choice?
We can offer personalised cookery classes for all diets including FODMAP and gluten intolerant recipes. Please get in touch to chat through your specific requirements.
All Hallows’ Farmhouse is a residential cookery school. Does that mean we have to stay to book a class?
Whether you stay for a few nights or just come for the day, the choice is entirely yours. We just look forward to welcoming you.
I’d like to buy this gift as a present but the recipient is not keen to learn online and would prefer to cook at home rather than travel?
We often teach in clients’ homes. This offers the benefit of working with them and their particular model. We strictly follow the current Covid restrictions at the date of your individual class. So if either area is experiencing a localised lockdown or a member of your household is showing symptoms then we reserve the right to reschedule the date. Please contact us for a quote.
We want to raise funds for our nominated charity and would like to arrange a cookery demonstration. Can you help?
Please contact Lisa with more details of your event to include the date and location. Whenever possible, we are always pleased to support charitable events and will be happy to provide a quote accordingly.
We have a Rayburn at home but would love to hone our cookery skills. What can you offer us?
Thank you for considering an All Hallows’ Farmhouse cookery class. We’d love to welcome you here and of course we would be pleased to offer a personalised class that will include the benefits of a Rayburn whilst we spend the day cooking beside our 4-oven electric AGA. Please contact us for more details of our tailored Rayburn courses »
We’d like to join you for a specific date but need to budget for our cookery class. Can you offer payment terms?
That’s no problem. Please contact us to secure your date and we will send you details of our terms.
I’d like to attend a cookery day but want to share with another single person. Can you arrange this?
Regrettably this is not possible. All of our classes are offered on a ‘one to one’ or ‘one to two’ basis for family or friends attending together. However you are welcome to come for an individual day on your own.
My partner is an experienced AGA cook but I have no experience whatsoever. Can you offer a cookery class to suit us both?
It is quite usual for one member of the family to be more confident with the AGA. Please let us know at the time of your enquiry and we will incorporate recipe and cookery skill suggestions that will appeal to you both.
Judith from Holland – ‘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 – ‘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 – ‘I so enjoyed yesterday and really cannot thank you enough for answering all my questions!’