Try Something New in 2017

Sometimes the beginning of a new year can be a bit gloomy, when it seems all anyone can talk about is the things we need to give up. So this year, why not put a positive spin on it and take up something new instead?

Whether you want to become more confident in the kitchen, follow a healthier diet, or simply learn a new skill, over the coming months we’ve got a variety of great courses on offer. On the 5th of February, Tim Maddams is back to lead our Venison Butchery and Cookery Day – a chance for you to get stuck in preparing your own meat from field to fork. You’ll start with a talk and demonstration on how to skin and butcher a venison carcass. You’ll then have the chance to get involved hands-on, with a cookery session designed to show you how to get the most out of this wild, abundant, but often neglected meat. Here at Vale House, we’re passionate about helping people to connect with where their food comes from as a way to make all of us more responsible consumers – so if that’s one of your new year’s resolutions too, we’d love to share one of our courses with you.

If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, on the 11th of February we have our next Marmalade Make & Bake Day with WI judge and preserving queen Vivien Lloyd. As well as learning the traditional skills needed to make your own jars of tangy golden marmalade (surely the ultimate antidote to grey January mornings, served with plenty of hot buttered toast), you’ll also bake and take home Vivien’s signature marmalade cake. For more upcoming courses, including bread-making, seasonal food and our lovely family cookery days, click here.

Meanwhile, here on the blog, we’re going to be bringing you a series of interviews with people who’ve come along to our courses (including some of those mentioned above), tried something new and used it to launch a lifestyle change or even a new career. There are some fascinating stories and we couldn’t be prouder to have played a part, so watch this space!

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