Ashburton Cookery School

Foundation Cookery Week

Ashburton Cookery School

Foundation Cookery Week

Our five day Foundation Cookery course is ideal for those with little cooking experience who want learn the core skills that will help them to start cooking with confidence.

This course will give you a broad range of skills to become a competent cook, starting with the basics and moving on to more complex areas.

You will be with like-minded people with the same level of skill, and the course is a lot of fun as you work your way through a wide range of recipes each day enjoying a lunch and early evening dinner. You will be amazed at how much you accomplish during this course.

This course is aimed at:

  • Adults with little experience or low confidence in the kitchen
  • Home cooks that want to improve their range of recipes and skills
  • Gap year students or those off to university that need survival skills

Course Structure

Typical Recipes

The recipes you will learn are designed to give you as broad a range of fundamental cookery skills as possible, giving you the confidence and skill to take on any recipe.

  • Thai green chicken curry, chickpea and potato curry, ginger rice, Indian flatbread
  • Cider glazed gammon, hand cut chips, fried eggs and watercress salad
  • Yogurt and blueberry flapjack, blueberry compote
  • Classic fish pie topped with mash potato, green bean salad
  • Chicken and butternut squash risotto
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Cranachan
  • Breaded fishcakes, lemon buttered spinach and poached egg
  • Moussakka, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart, Chantilly cream
  • Lamb meatballs, cucumber dip
  • Minestrone soup served with basil pesto, croutons
  • Panfried sirloin steak sandwich, tomato relish, game chips
  • Warm seasonal fruit salad served with vanilla icecream
  • Pan fried bream fillet, fennel coleslaw, and lemon dressing
  • Braised beef with suet dumplings, roasted root vegetables
  • White chocolate and morello cherry muffins
Note:
Since we use the best quality seasonal and local produce as possible, so recipes will sometimes change to match the produce available.

Day 1: Monday

Arrival

Meet your fellow students and chef tutor who will talk you through the week ahead over tea and coffee.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Knife skills
  • Rice cooking
  • Chicken curry
  • Vegetable curry
  • Simple Indian bread

Lunch

  • Thai green chicken curry, chickpea and potato curry, ginger rice, Indian flatbread

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Potato preparation for chips
  • Roasting ham joint
  • Simple bakery
  • Fred eggs
  • Meat cookery

Dinner

  • Cider glazed gammon, hand cut chips, fried eggs and watercress salad
  • Yogurt and blueberry flapjack, blueberry compte

Day 2: Tuesday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • White sauce
  • Mashed potato
  • Classic fish pie
  • Boiled eggs
  • Cooking green vegetables
  • Fishcake preperation

Lunch

  • Classic fish pie topped with mash potato, green bean salad

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Poultry cookery
  • Pasta cookery
  • Risotto preparation
  • Cranachan dessert

Dinner

  • Chicken and butternut squash risotto
  • Cranachan dessert

To Take Home

  • Macaroni cheese

Day 3: Wednesday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Poached eggs
  • Wilted spinach
  • Fishcake cookery
  • Lamb meatballs
  • Cucumber dip

Lunch

  • Breaded fishcakes, lemon buttered spinach and poached egg

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Moussakka
  • Mozzarella salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart
  • Chantilly cream

Dinner

  • Moussakka, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad
  • Chocolate and pecan tart, Chantilly cream

To Take Home

  • Lamb meatballs, cucumber dip

Day 4: Thursday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Short recap of previous day and theory session.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Minestrone soup
  • Croutons
  • Basil pesto
  • Braised beef

Lunch

  • Minestrone soup served with basil pesto, croutons

Afternoon Session

Skills you will learn

  • Sirloin steak cookery
  • Homemade crisps
  • Tomato relish
  • Baked seasonal fruit dessert

Dinner

  • Panfried sirloin steak sandwich, tomato relish, game chips
  • Warm seasonal fruit salad served with vanilla icecream

Day 5: Friday

Arrival

Tea and coffee on arrival. Recap of the week.

Morning Session

Skills you will learn

  • Fish cookery
  • Dressings
  • Dumplings
  • Finish braised beef
  • Chocolate chip muffins
  • Root vegetable preparation

Lunch

  • Pan fried bream fillet, fennel coleslaw, and lemon dressing
  • Braised beef skin, suet dumplings, roasted root vegetables
  • White chocolate and morello cherry muffins

Afternoon Session

  • Course round-up
  • Certificate Presentation

Reviews

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