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February 2018
advanced bread making course

2 day Bread Masterclass

This course takes the home-baker on to more advanced products such as: Croissants and Pain au Chocolate, French and Italian breads using three stage fermentation, Challah bread, German/Scandinavian style soft-grain Rye bread (pumpernickel style), savoury filled bread and, of course Sourdough Bread. Good bread cannot be rushed and so, on day one much of what we do will be making the doughs in order that they can ferment overnight. On day two you will be working with these doughs and…

Course dates: 24th February 2018 - 25th February 2018

Price per person: £300

2 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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March 2018
Pig Butchery Course

Pig Butchery Day

Our Pig butchery day covers everything you need to know about keeping and butchering pigs. We start by talking about pig husbandry, the types of pigs that are kept and can show you our pigs here at Vale House Kitchen (we usually have some Oxford Sandy and Blacks in our orchard.) We then cover the breaking down of the pig into primary cuts and move onto roasting joints and chops.  Its then onto the art of sausage and salami making, followed…

Course date: 3rd March 2018

Price per person: £180

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Seasonal cookery course

Seasonal Cookery Masterclass with Tim Maddams

Tim has designed this seasonal cookery masterclass to share his enthusiasm and knowledge of seasonal food in a relaxed, yet informative way. Deciding to go seasonal in the kitchen is a big commitment and these days, with so many foods available all year round, it can be hard to know where to start. On this one-day course Tim aims to unleash your creativity and inspire you to get cooking seasonally without it becoming a chore. He will show you how…

Course date: 4th March 2018

Price per person: £195

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lamb butchery course

Lamb Butchery and Cookery Course

With the popularity of smallholdings growing and more people opting to DIY when it comes to butchery and buying locally reared top notch high welfare meat the time for a course on Lamb / Mutton butchery is upon us. Tackling any whole animal is a challenge, but lamb needn’t cause any major problems. The lamb butchery course is designed to teach you the basics of dealing with the whole carcass, from offal to stock, stopping off at chops, joints, cutlets,…

Course date: 17th March 2018

Price per person: £180

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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beginners cookery course

Beginners Cookery Day

Fancy getting a bit more confident in the kitchen? Our Beginners Cookery Day is the perfect course for you – complete novices absolutely welcome. Professional chef Kieran Lenihan will guide you through all the basic skills you need to start making simple, delicious meals with fabulous local and seasonal ingredients - from basic knife handling and the preparation of meat and fish, to the secrets of perfect seasoning. Kieran will also share some of his favourite recipes and his top…

Course date: 18th March 2018

Price per person: £150

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Foraging Course

Introduction to Foraging

Explore the bounty of the countryside with this fun and informative wild food foray in the woods, fields and hedgerows around Vale House Kitchen. On this one-day course you’ll find and prepare wild foods gaining knowledge, skills and experience from expert forager and landscape ecologist, Adrian Boots. You’ll not only learn to identify common wild foods, but also landscape features, habitats, associated trees and plants species, their relationships and seasonality with wild food. Learn about the history from our ancient…

Course date: 22nd March 2018

Price per person: £135

1 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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