Private Two Day Residential AGA Christmas Cookery 2019

£1,200.00

Date: A two day private AGA class begins on a Friday morning from 10 am and will draw to a close after a leisurely breakfast on the Sunday.  Please contact us for more details.

Time: Please arrive from 9.30 am for coffee and the class will start by 10 am each day. Supper will be served at 7 pm each evening. The class will draw to a close late morning on the Sunday.

 

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Two full days of personal AGA cookery tuition and two night stay. 

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 residential cookery weekend that is tailored to the new AGA owner.  This is the ideal course to help you prepare for the busy festive season and Christmas holidays.

How the weekend 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 pm onwards. There will be freshly ground coffee and a batch of shortbread, warm from the AGA. Settle beside the wood burning stove or around the farmhouse table. We will chat through the schedule to ensure the weekend 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.

Day One

We will 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. 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.

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.

We will break again at approximately 4.30 pm.  Returning to the kitchen at 6.30 pm to finish preparing supper which will be served family style around the farmhouse table. Sleep soundly in the Orchard Room and breakfast will be served from 8.30 am. 

Day Two

We plan to start cooking by 10 am.

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.

We will break again at approximately 4.30 pm.  Returning to the kitchen at 6.30 pm to finish preparing supper which will be served family style around the farmhouse table.

Later in the evening we will serve a traditional festive meal. Sleep soundly in the Orchard Room and breakfast will be served from 8.30 am.

After breakfast, there will be plenty of time to explore the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before you make your way back home.  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 time with us, Lisa promises that you can contact her for help and advice by email or a prearranged telephone call.

Your AGA is perfect for Christmas entertaining

This intensive two 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.

Canapes – for the perfect Christmas Eve Drinks Party

Sensational party food.  Perfect for a crowd as well as the secrets to planning ahead.

Christmas Day Brunch

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

Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings

Whether you wish to share a midday lunch or wait until early evening.  We will take you, step by step through that all important time plan to the perfect Christmas meal.

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.’

Let’s 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

‘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

We LOVED the day in your kitchen as you may have gathered!’

Sue from Bournemouth

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

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