Time for a quick lesson in cooking?

Not everyone has the time to pack up their bags and head off to the Dorset coast and spend four weeks learning to cook, more’s the pity. Sometimes, we just want a short, sharp quick-cook class to keep the old grey matter ticking over, with the added bonus of being able to impress our nearest and dearest with our culinary expertise.

Set half way between Ross-on-Wye and Gloucester, just off the A40, the Harts Barn Cookery School offers a number of cookery classes that wrap up a lesson in a couple of hours in a diversity of cooking styles, derived from global influences and that special ingredient from the heart of England.

With prices starting from a tenner for the weekly two-hour cooking class on a Tuesday to bespoke lessons likewise reasonably priced, here is a brief overview of what’s on offer in the immediate future.

Marvellous Moroccan

There are spaces still available for a cookery class exploring a taste of North African cuisine on Friday coming, from very much where the Africas meet Europe; the combined influences are on display in this two-hour introduction to this fusion-style cuisine.

Following a demonstration of how to make a Harissa sauce you can then dive in and learn how the Moroccans make a stew, or Tagine, a dish named after the two-piece earthern-ware pot it’s made in, followed by an interesting combination of fish balls in tomato sauce, Chermoula carrots, an accompanying flat bread consisting of onion and parsley and finally all finished off with Rice Pudding Moroccan style. Once you’ve revelled in making these exciting dishes, they can be washed down with a mint tea at the end of the cookery course.

Vegan-friendly fresh food frenzy

On Sunday 22nd January, enjoy this two-hour cookery lesson aimed at delivering the best from safe raw ingredients, proving that salad is not the only food you can serve uncooked. As well as demonstrations of this healthier option, it is suitable for vegans as the entire menu dispenses with meat, fish and dairy product, however, does contain nuts, presumably as the source of protein to round off the meal.

There is a special two-for offer for this cookery class, too.

Harts Barn Cookery School has a complete program of courses designed for those who perhaps only have a couple of hours at a time to spare to devote to their past-time. Full details and downloadable booking form (Word doc) available on their website.

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