Something new for 2018

2018 has arrived and now we all start pondering the blank slate of the new year and how to make a good beginning. Often we’re encouraged to give things up, but at Vale House we take a more positive approach – why not take up something new instead?
Our courses focus on preserving traditional country skills, from pig and game butchery, to bread-making and preserving, to fishing and foraging. Picking up a fantastic new skill is not only great fun (and a brilliant way to make a deeper connection with where your food comes from), it might even change your life – we’ve had several former attendees go on to start new businesses with what they’ve learnt, which is absolutely wonderful.
Often the excesses of Christmas leave us wanting to get a little healthier in January, but we think there are more enjoyable ways to go about it than simply hitting the celery. Learning how to cook even simple dishes from scratch can be much better for you, and our Beginners Cookery Day with professional chef Kieran Lenihan will equip even the most timid kitchen novice to get creative, starting with chopping, prepping and seasoning skills, and moving on to some of Kieran’s favourite easy recipes. Or why not come to one of our Family Cookery Days? We want to get families cooking together, because it’s a lovely way to bond with the kids and to teach them healthy habits for the future, so for every adult place booked, you can bring along a child aged 10-16 for free!
And there’s more – why not use one of our courses to help kickstart a positive change elsewhere in your life? Our Seasonal Cookery Masterclass with Tim Maddams features all sorts of gorgeous spring dishes, and teaches you how to make the most of seasonal ingredients to lower the environmental impact of your food shop. Our Introduction to Foraging goes even further, starting with a morning’s ramble through the beautiful local countryside to find fabulous fresh ingredients, followed by an afternoon of transforming them into delicious goodies to take home.
Whether there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, you’re looking for simple ways to get healthier or you want to do something good for the planet, we’ve got some fabulous courses for you to try. Click here to read about everything we’ve got coming up and don’t forget, you can always treat someone else to one of our courses too, with a Vale House Kitchen gift voucher!

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