• Ursula and I remained adamant during the first couple of lockdowns that we preferred to wait for life to return to normal and for us to be in the classroom with everyone again. However like so many people this time round, maybe its the dark cold afternoons, actually we wanted to connect with you all and it would have to be online. Ursula was brave and held a few private classes and the response said it all. We all need company and Ursula, being the most passionate and enthusiastic person I know, is the perfect person to cheer you up and escape the world for a couple of hours of laughter and learning. We will send you a full shopping and equipment lists the week before you class. Just so you know the shopping list that we will send you for this class, is for 4 people, so you can adapt it to the number of people you are cooking for. We have calculated the food costs will be approximately £10 for 2 people so excellent value too! In this class you will be learning how to make 2 types of pasta the traditional egg pasta and also water based pasta.  Learn how to hand roll (no pasta machines needed in this class!)  Not only will she pass onto you the authentic, essential pasta-making techniques, you'll also be introduced to the history behind fresh pasta and Ursula will show you how create different pasta shapes, matching them with perfectly paired sauces. You will learn how to make many regional shapes including orecchiette and cavatelli Lots of time to ask Ursula as many questions as you can!
    • Trofie with walnut or pistachio pesto
    • Gnocchi Sardi
    • Orecchiette with chickpeas
    • Cestini ravioli with sage, pinenut and lemon butter
    What's not to love?! Not only that we are giving a percentage of the takings to the following charities: 1. The HMCK Charity launched its crowdfunding campaign 'Transforming Life Chances' to support remote learning in unprecedented times - no child should not be able to learn. 2.www.fareshare.org.uk - a charity offering a full national operation to get food to vulnerable people during the covid-19 crisis. Thank you for your support and take care - we look forward to welcoming to you to our community! Emma and Ursula x
  • We hear more and more about the benefits of good gut health both for your physical and mental health. Everyone of us can benefit from this class. So let Justine dispel all the myths around this very simple but often overwhelming method of gut health.   It is not difficult just a few basic principles and you are on your way to feeling so much healthier.
    Kombucha can be an aid to good digestion. In addition to the beneficial bacteria it also contains enzymes that aid in the breaking down of food.   We will send you the link to where you can buy your starter scoby on booking.  If you live in Oxford then we would be more than happy for you to share from our very own Master Scoby!!!
    Water kefir is more of a general probiotic drink, it contains a greater amount of bacteria strains than is found in kombucha.   If you struggle with the milk kefirs then this is the perfect drink for you! We will send you the grains you will need for this on booking.
    Oh and LOTS of top tips from the most knowledgeable feral, foraging plant nerd I know (these are her words!!!) With lots of love and intention… Emma and Justine
  • Join Ursula and a journey around Minori (her home town!) on the Amalfi coast, where jagged cliffs rise boldly from the shimmering azure waters and clusters of white and ochre buildings and church towers climb up to the mountains and cascade down to the sea. Lush terraces of lemon groves, olive trees flourishing high on the cliffs among cherry, fig and tomato vines. This class will be all about the joys of my village secrets and the wonders of the Campania coastline.  We might not be able to get to Italy this year - so let Ursula transport you there! We will be making the following dishes:
    • Scialatielli - Pasta made with milk & basil  with an aubergine, mozzarella & tomato sauce
    • Ciambotta - vegetable casserole
    • Pizza rustica - savoury ricotta pie
    • Torta di mandorle al cioccolato - Chocolate almond cake
    We will send you a full shopping and equipment lists the week before you class. Just so you know the shopping list that we will send you for this class, is for 4 people, so you can adapt it to the number of people you are cooking for. We have calculated the food costs will be approximately £15 for 2 people so excellent value too! Ursula's classes have been selling out fast for good reason!  Book fast to avoid disappointment.  
  • Justine has gone all Nigella – not really - but we liked the idea whilst we dreamt up this class!   Grab a glass of wine, light the candles and get a group of friends together (virtually!) and join us for an evening of natural pampering. Our evening will be all about natural beauty, learn how to indulge in a self-caring ritual with seasonal plants. We will be learning how
    • To blend essential oils to make a perfume
    • Make your own face balm
    • Infusing oil with seasonal plants to benefit from their healing properties
    • Make an overnight oat face mask
    Oh and LOTS of top tips from the most knowledgeable feral, foraging plant nerd I know (these are her words!!!) With lots of love and intention… Emma and Justine
  • Now I don’t know about you but cheese has been my favourite go to food over the last year more so than ever!   We all know that homemade is best and imagine having the skill to constantly make your own cheese. Enter Louise!  Louise is an Academy of Cheese Training Partner and member of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association and guest tutor at many Cookery Schools, including Waitrose, Leiths School of Food and Wine, Divertimenti and is also a Cheese Awards judge. Delicious crumbly salty feta, crumbled over roast Easter lamb – yum!! During this Zoom session, work along with Louise to produce one of her favourite cheeses! After sitting in a salty brine for a week, then packed into a kilner jar with olive oil, rosemary, garlic and black olives, it’ll be just perfect to enjoy at Easter time. As for the Ricotta, never go without it again! You will produce a delicious tub of either soft spongy or firm crumbly ricotta - the choice is yours! Equipment list and recipe will be emailed prior to session with the Zoom link forwarded the week before.   Suitable for first time cheese makers, and as with all of Louise’s cheese, vegetarians too! The equipment list and recipes will be emailed to you prior to the session.  The week before you’ll be sent the Zoom invite. The beauty of this class if that everything you need will be sent out to you before the class.  Included in the cost of this class is the kit materials incl p&p – vegetarian rennet, calcium chloride, cheesecloth and citric acid. We are limiting this class to 12 people so book fast to avoid disappointment!!    
  • Welcome to Sumayya and lucky you - direct from her very own kitchen in Glasgow!  She has put together a gut friendly plant-based Pakistani feast for you to make with her ready for your Friday night dinner! It's been shown that gut health plays a huge part in the immunity against many illnesses so why not join this Pakistani cookery class, with recipes that Sumayya grew up eating and cooking with her family that are filled with spice, herbs and vegetables! With plenty of time to quiz her about the dishes and spices that she uses which is such an important part of this cuisine and making it authentic!! You will be making:
    • Karri, a turmeric stew with carrots, potatoes and peas
    • Dill, spinach and garlic pullao rice
    • Mustard and red chilli fermented carrots
    • Pomegranate raita
    We are working with Seasoned Pioneers who you will be able to order all the spices from!  
  • We hear more and more about the benefits of good gut health both for your physical and mental health. Everyone of us can benefit from this class. It is not difficult just a few basic principles and you are on your way to feeling so much healthier.  Fermenting foods is also an ancient way of preserving and enriching foods. During the class, we will delve into the world of fermentation, and you will learn how to get started with fermenting at home. We will start by learning how to make an immune boosting red cabbage sauerkraut and other wild greens that Justine will forage locally.   Then we move onto to wild sodas and fermented drinks including how to make your fermented drinks alcoholic! All you will need is two kilner jars.  We will send you notes but there will be plenty of time for Q&A's during the class. This class was a complete sell out last time round and for good reason!!! We received this 5* review for this class (take a look at our Trustpilot reviews if you need some help persuading to book with us!!) "This is the second course I have booked as I enjoyed the first one so much. So I attended the 2 hour online Fermentation class. I was so looking forward to it and it did not disappoint. Justine was absolutely brilliant, l loved it and highly recommend. Can't wait to get tasting!"    
  • Mezze is a way of life in Lebanon – it’s where a diverse collection of small dishes is placed before guests, allowing them to pick and choose the dishes they’d like to eat. Think raw salads, skewered meat, marinated seafood, pickled vegetables, hummus and pitta bread – everything you could possibly want! A typical mezze might consist of around thirty carefully selected dishes, both hot and cold!! So what better person to bring this into your kitchen then Sara Komosa of Sara's Kitchen and formally Elhams Deli in Little Clarendon Street.  If you live locally you will remember how popular that shop was and for good reason. Sara will be teaching you how to create these authentic mezze dishes:
    • Cheese Sambousik
    • Kibbeh
    • Tabbouleh
    • Falafels
    • Tahini sauce
    We are already planning a second class as there are so many wonderful dishes to try!   Book fast to avoid disappointment!
  • Rome a city of history, charm and home of Italy's most scrumptious food.  Join me as I am keen to share Roman delights - some of the most celebrated flavourful dishes. Imagine you are on a roof terrace soaking up the boisterous atmosphere  - we will have fun learning new skills and supper will be within reach!
    • Stracciatella - Roman egg drop soup
    • The real pizza Bianca
    • Vignarola - spring stew of peas, broad bean, artichoke & potatoes
    • Brutte ma buona - Hazelnut and citrus mini meringues
    We will send you a full shopping and equipment lists the week before you class. Just so you know the shopping list that we will send you for this class, is for 4 people, so you can adapt it to the number of people you are cooking for. We have calculated the food costs will be approximately £15 for 2 people so excellent value too! Ursula's classes have been selling out fast for good reason!  Book fast to avoid disappointment.
  • Now I don’t know about you but cheese has been my favourite go to food over the last year more so than ever!   We all know that homemade is best and imagine having the skill to constantly make your own cheese. Enter Louise!  Louise is an Academy of Cheese Training Partner and member of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association and guest tutor at many Cookery Schools, including Waitrose, Leiths School of Food and Wine, Divertimenti and is also a Cheese Awards judge. Ok, Halloumi’s a little like marmite – you either love the squeak or you don’t, but if you or friends are vegetarian or like me, absolutely love it, then this session is one you won’t want to miss. I’m often told that halloumi isn’t enjoyed because it’s too salty – when you make it your own you’re able to control the saltiness. Learn the science behind turning milk into cheese and work along with Louise to produce the most scrumptious halloumi. You will need a 2 litre saucepan and basic kitchen equipment with the list and recipes emailed prior to the session. The week before you’ll be sent the Zoom invite. The beauty of this class if that everything you need will be sent out to you before the class. Included in the cost of this class is the kit materials incl p&p – mould, vegetarian rennet, c/c, tartatic acid, cheesecloth. Louise will also demonstrate mascarpone – you can either join in or take notes.  We are limiting this class to 12 people so book fast to avoid disappointment!!