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Real help with real cooking

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Chef Paul Collins
I think this is such a great idea that I thought I’d quickly share it with you.

I have several friends who are really gourmet cooks – they love to knock up something at the end of the day and do it seemingly with little thought or anxiety (grrrr).

I’m not one of these people. I can cook – sometimes well but mostly so-so – and seem to make the same five things for my family over and over again. Despite having dozens of recipe books from the Nigels, Jamies and River Cottages of this world, it’s a supreme effort to use them regularly or adapt them for little palates. And by the way I have one child who doesn’t eat potatoes and another who won’t touch cheese, cream or tomatoes. It’s a challenge *sigh*.

I think there must be loads of people like me and local celeb cook Beverley Glock (below) must think so too, as she’s just started running a series of Real Cooking workshops, focusing on family-friendly basics aimed at helping families to eat heathily and easily together. Oh please god, yes!

beverley glock

So on Friday 21 June it’s Breadmaking basics (£30, 10 – 1.30pm) – pizza, foccaccia, breadsticks, pitta bread.

Friday 28 June it’s Healthy Summer Cooking  (£40 – 10am-1pm) – 4 low carb, low fat dishes.

And Friday 5 July it’s Summer Baking (£40 10am-1pm) – covering seasonal fruit, brushing up on pastry technique and even last minute friends-dropping-over panic.

You can check out all the courses online here.

My kids had a go Beverley’s Whizz Bang cookery class at the Thame Food Festival last year and enjoyed it but her adult workshops are a departure for me, so I’ll try the Healthy Summer Cooking next week in Princes Risborough and review it for you – or if you need help quickly, maybe I’ll see you there.

By the way, if Princes Risborough is too far from you, perhaps you know of similar no-nonsense, real, helpful cookery classes nearer to home that don’t cost the earth? If so, please let others know by using the comment box below. Knowledge is power, peeps!

Food photography courtesy of Tory McTernan.

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2 comments on “Real help with real cooking”

  • Beverley Glock June 24, 2013

    They are brilliant, we took our eldest and her mates to see them at Camden a year or so ago for her birthday treat as their session drummer, Lewis Searle, is her drum teacher and based in Aylesbury, they deserve to make the big time, fab band

    • muddystiletto June 24, 2013

      Blimey, small world! x


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