• 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, cavatelli and more to be confirmed!  Lots of time to ask Ursula as many questions as you can!
    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 loved these bags so much we brought them for our Sustainable Christmas Hampers - something abit different from the usual hamper! ! ! These bags are:
    • Vegan Backpack - Registered with the Vegan Society and PETA.
    • Crafted from reinforced washable paper. Showerproof and as strong/durable as a canvas bag.
    • Environmentally friendly. Sustainably sourced.
    This easy everyday backpack brings together classic and modern design with inspiration from the traditional American grocery bag. The Bridgewater includes a side zip which allows easy access into the main section of the bag. This bag also features a secure inside and back zipped pocket perfect for keeping valuable items safe while travelling (Both pockets are big enough to fit an iPhone Plus and Galaxy Plus). This price includes p&p. Dimensions: Length: 37cm
    Width: 26cm Depth: 11cm
  • Are you looking for sustainable Valentine’s Day gift that says how much you love them but won’t harm the planet then look no further! In the 14th century Valentine’s Day first became associated with the notion of romantic love and when couples exchanged gifts as displays of affection. However today it also celebrates the notions of comfort, care and love and after the last year we have all had I bet we all know someone that needs ALOT of this!   So what better way to show appreciation for a loved one as well as the planet by choosing this eco friendly Valentine’s Day gift! Inside your Valentine's Day gift box you will find the following handmade, sustainable and extremely local (to Oxford!) goodies:
    • Sensual bed mist spray  - smoked rosehip
    • Body massage oil - rose & musk
    • Bath salts - Himalayan salt, cinnamon, cedarwood and hibiscus
    • Bath oil - calendula
    • Lip balm - Oxford lavender
    • Teas - spicy cinnamon & rose
    • Rose buds (for use of your choice!!!)
    The picture we have used is from our Christmas hamper that sold out and we will be finalising this gift pack just before Valentine's when all the ingredients will be ready for you at their optimal time!!! We will be operating a collection point from Nuneham and also one in Oxford two days before Valentine's Day on Friday 12th February 2021.    So book fast to avoid disappointment as we are making just 20 of these gift packs this time!! Thank you for supporting us during this strange time and we hope that this will bring joy to everyone!  Emma & Justine x    
  • 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. Now this is a class that I am going to book on to! Ursula has put together a class that includes multiple health benefits and lots of skills to be learnt in this 2 hour online class. We will start at 5.30pm so ready just in time dinner! 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!
    • Seedy Spelt Crackers with green tahini dip
    • Freshly made spelt pasta with cauliflower and walnut pangrattato
    • Neapolitan spinach, olive and onion testo
    • Orange & almond Torta
    Health benefits from the menu:
    • Crackers are full of calcium, B Vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and help reduce blood sugar
    • Cauliflower is a super food and contains vitamin C, K & B6 and is good source of fibre
    • Spelt is an ancient Roman grain triticum speltum full of complex flavour, it is high in fibre, protein, iron and is rich in micronutrients
    • Spinach Testo laden with Vitamin C and calcium and iron
    • Orange and almond cake Vitamin E, calcium and Vitamin C
    Skills learnt during this class:
    • Making fresh pasta from scratch, hand rolling and cutting (NO PASTA MACHINE NEEDED! ! !
    • Bread making skills and kneading 4 ways
    • Sauces and ultimate pangrattato
    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
  • A huge thank you to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist who is going to be guiding you through this beginners guide to foraging but this time online! This class is all about the Meadowlands and the rich biodiversity it contains on closer inspection! ! Other class dates are: Woodlands (Sunday 31st January 2021 @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) Riversides (Saturday 6th February 2021 @ 10am - 12 noon) Urban - for all your city dwellers! (Saturday 6th February 2021 @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) Justine will also help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health, teaching the basics of foraging and how to sustainably harvest seasonal edibles for their nutritional and medicinal values. All classes will be suitable for all different levels and all ages too! You will leave the class having an understanding of some of the most commonly found plants that you can forage and also ones that you need to avoid! Start your journey to a lifetime of free food and the health benefits associated with it. After the class we will send you a full list of all the plants that Justine talked about that day. We can't wait to start our classes again in person but until it is safe you can join us from the comfort of your own home! It will just be Justine who will be in the freezing cold this time round! ! This is the best thing for you mentally and physically - Emma and Justine xx
  • A huge thank you to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist who is going to be guiding you through this beginners guide to foraging but this time online! This class is all about the woodlands and what you can find hidden amongst the trees! ! Other classes will cover: Meadowlands (Sunday 31st January @ 10am - 12noon) Riversides (Saturday 6th February @ 10am - 12 noon) Urban (for all your city dwellers! (Saturday 6th February @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) Justine will also help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health, teaching the basics of foraging and how to sustainably harvest seasonal edibles for their nutritional and medicinal values. All classes will be suitable for all different levels and all ages too! You will leave the class having an understanding of some of the most commonly found plants that you can forage and also ones that you need to avoid! Start your journey to a lifetime of free food and the health benefits associated with it. After the class we will send you a full list of all the plants that Justine talked about that day. We can't wait to start our classes again in person but until it is safe you can join us from the comfort of your own home! It will just be Justine who will be in the freezing cold this time round! ! ! This is the best thing for you mentally and physically - Emma and Justine xx
  • A huge thank you to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist who is going to be guiding you through this beginners guide to foraging but this time online! This class is all about the Riverside and what you can find around its banks! ! Other classes will cover: Meadowlands (Sunday 31st January @ 10am - 12noon) Woodlands (Sunday 31st January @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) ?Urban (for all your city dwellers! (Saturday 6th February @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) Justine will also help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health, teaching the basics of foraging and how to sustainably harvest seasonal edibles for their nutritional and medicinal values. All classes will be suitable for all different levels and all ages too! You will leave the class having an understanding of some of the most commonly found plants that you can forage and also ones that you need to avoid! Start your journey to a lifetime of free food and the health benefits associated with it. After the class we will send you a full list of all the plants that Justine talked about that day. We can't wait to start our classes again in person but until it is safe you can join us from the comfort of your own home! It will just be Justine who will be in the freezing cold this time round! ! ! This is the best thing for you mentally and physically - Emma and Justine xx
  • A huge thank you to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist who is going to be guiding you through this beginners guide to foraging but this time online! This class is for those of you who live in cities and think that you won't be able to find anything in the concrete jungle - wrong! ! ! Just wait and see what you can discover! Other classes will cover: Meadowlands (Sunday 31st January @ 10am - 12noon) Woodlands (Sunday 31st January @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm) Riversides (Saturday 6th February @ 10am - 12 noon) Justine will also help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health, teaching the basics of foraging and how to sustainably harvest seasonal edibles for their nutritional and medicinal values. All classes will be suitable for all different levels and all ages too! You will leave the class having an understanding of some of the most commonly found plants that you can forage and also ones that you need to avoid! Start your journey to a lifetime of free food and the health benefits associated with it. After the class we will send you a full list of all the plants that Justine talked about that day. We can't wait to start our classes again in person but until it is safe you can join us from the comfort of your own home! It will just be Justine who will be in the freezing cold this time round! ! ! This is the best thing for you mentally and physically - Emma and Justine xx
  • We hear more and 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. A HUGE thank you to Will & the team at 101 Coffee in Walton Street for providing us with a space to film this from! All zoom login details will be sent to you once you book the class.  
  • 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!  
  • 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 £15 for 2 people so excellent value too! We have put together the most delicious, vibrant menu for you taken from Ursula's books.  Not only this but your lesson will be packed with tips and lots of time to ask Ursula plenty of questions!
    • Black pepper and rosemary spelt bread
    • Gnocchi di semolina alla Romana
    • Radicchio and borletti bean insalata
    • Spiced orange and walnut biscotti
    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
  • A huge welcome to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist who is going to be guiding you through this beginners guide to foraging in the grounds of the cookery school in Nuneham Courtney. Justine will also help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health. As with as many classes as possible we are only holding socially distanced ones in the fresh air so everyone can feel completely comfortable and relaxed at a very safe distance - we have a lot of space in the grounds! Justine will be teaching the basics of foraging and how to sustainably harvest seasonal edibles for their nutritional and medicinal values. You will also learn how to craft from these freshly harvested plants and in different classes also cooking, fermenting and concocting naturals remedies. All classes will be suitable for all different levels - just come with the desire to learn! ! ! You will leave having an understanding of some of the most commonly found plants that you can forage and also ones that you need to avoid! ! ! Start your journey to a lifetime of free food and the health benefits associated with it. Participants must be aged 18 or if under 18 accompanied by an adult and dogs are not permitted on the course, sorry! Book fast we think these classes will be extremely popular!
  • With its diverse landscape and agriculture, Vietnam is blessed with a wealth of beautiful produce and they sure know how to make the most of it, balancing flavours, colours, seasonings and textures in an exquisite manner. Honest, humble, ingenious and ever so satisfying - lets brighten up a winter's day with this tasty menu:
    • Vietnamese Papaya Salad
    • Summer Rolls
    • Pineapple Dipping Sauce
    • Bun Cha with Pork meatballs and chargrilled pork belly
    • Chicken Satay skewers
    • Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese dipping Sauce)
    This is a first for us in a long time - you requested it, we provide it! !
  • A huge welcome back to Justine our resident forager and trained herbalist. As with as many classes as possible we are only holding socially distanced ones in the fresh air so everyone can feel completely comfortable and relaxed at a very safe distance - we have a lot of space in the grounds! For this class we are taking it further and embracing foraging on a next level, wildcrafting. After foraging and gathering our medicinal plants you will learn how to make healing oils and tinctures. In this class we are concentrating on making your own beauty products. Once you have learnt how to make your own you will never go back (I haven't! ! You will learn how to make the following:
    • Botanical beauty balms
    • Face oils
    • Face tonics
    • Learn what other medicinal plants and flowers can be harvested at different times of the year for different skin types
    We want to help you understand the impact of plants on your physical and mental health in a totally nature and positive way. The feeling of well being after a class is almost guaranteed! Fresh air, nature produce and inspirational teacher is a heady mix! Participants must be aged 18 or if under 18 accompanied by an adult and dogs are not permitted on the course, sorry! Book fast these classes will be extremely popular!
  • Our last Complete Beginners Cookery Class with a sell out - and for good reason! You will walk away with a mind field of information and a newly acquired confidence in the kitchen - but more than that you will feel inspired and want to go home and recreate so easily what Carolina has taught you! This class is jammed packed with top tips and will give you the basic foundation and understanding of what to do at home and how to bring what you have learned alive in your own kitchen! This will include knife skills, different types of food preparation, understanding your ingredients and how to make flavours work. The recipes you will be preparing will be:
    • seasonal minestrone (knife skills galore, basic vegetable stock, seasonal produce, etc) with pesto and other versatile sauces.
    • meatballs in tomato sauce with pilaf rice (cooking of rice, easy dishes with ingredients that can be used in many others by simply tweaking a couple of things, easy sauce making.
    • The most perfect fail-safe bread rolls!
    • Roast mixed vegetables (roasting, learning to use the oven)
    • Basic Victoria sponge (cake making using creaming method) with poached and roasted seasonal fruit.
    • Scones and shortbread
    • To finish - how to make easy chocolate truffles (a show off for friends and family!
    Don't worry we will give you a break for lunch and there will be refreshments available throughout the day. We want to dispel the myth that cooking is complicated and as Julia Child's famously said "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." This class is going to fun so come and join us to catch the cooking bug! !
  • As the title explains we are off to Jaipur on an food adventure with John, our resident Indian expert. John's family are from Goa and we will be traveling around the many different regions of India with John over the coming months. In this class you will learn about spices and how to make, use and store them properly to maximise flavour with minimal fuss. Mouth watering aromas will fill the room and we hope your minds, palates and bellies will be full to bursting after this cooking extravaganza in this class filled with hints, tricks and tips.
    • (The best) Onion Bhajis with homemade Apple and Mango chutney
    • Naan bread
    • Homemade Garam Masala
    • Murgh makhani (aka Butter Chicken)
    • Pilaf rice fit for a King (and Queen)
    • Pistachio and Saffron Shirkhand
    This class is perfect for all levels and the Murgh dish can have a chicken replacement for vegetarians!
  • Our first course sold out in less than 24 hours so we are busy adding more for you! We think that this will make a fabulous Christmas presents too! ! We are getting back to basics! Join us for an alfresco class where you'll learn how to master the art of making a wood fire and cooking delicious fresh food, in a rustic stripped-back style. Safe and totally socially distanced in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside! John will teach you how to build your own fire pit, mange your fire, how to cook on direct and indirect heat, as well as the art of Dutch oven and pit cooking. Not only that but join Justine, our foraging expert, to forage for the other part of your meal. January is one of the more leaner months for foraging but rest assured Justine will find little treasures everywhere! We will then return and start the cooking together around the fire pit. Think baked Camembert, roasted root vegetables, spatchcock poussin, catch of the day fish wrapped in banana leaves and all your foraged treasures! What better way to spend the day than being in the fresh air, sitting around a fire and eating fabulous food! We know that this is going to be an extremely popular class so book fast to avoid disappointment!
  • After 2020 we think everyone deserves a boost especially our immune system! ! Justine (our resident herbalist and forager) is at hand to do just that. We hear more and 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. The following techniques will be explored after a foraging journey in the Oxfordshire countryside with Justine:
    • Seasonal fermented vegetables
    • Pickling and preserving
    • Making Kombucha with your own foraged flavours
    We will provide you with several kilner jars to take away your fermented seasonal vegetables and your own scoby starter for continuing your kombucha making journey! The class will be a mixture of demonstration and hands on with lots of tips, talking and tasting - a must have to yourself or someone you know who needs a boost! !
  • This home cooking course will introduce you to the simple, healthy, economic and delicious vegetarian dishes that the Japanese cook in their homes. Shira-ae is a seasonal vegetable side dish mixed with pureed soft silken tofu with ground pan roasted sesame seeds and seasoned with mirin, miso and soya sauce. Kinpira Gobo is a simple Japanese stir fry with seasonal vegetable such as braised carrot & burdock root, cooked with a soy sauce, mirin and sugar sauce. Alongside sushi and ramen, tempura is another mandatory menu item in Japanese restaurants. Encased in a crunchy, crispy yet light batter, these perfectly deep fried vegetable are seriously addictive! Tofu Miso soup/Konbu (seaweed soup stock) Seaweed, ginger, garlic, and soybeans, in the form of miso and tofu, combine to lend flavor and nutrients to a delicate soup. This soup is brimming with soy, an excellent source of protein as well as antioxidants. Leave feeling super healthy! ! !
  • Spain is a food-lover's dream - packed with old taverns, traditional tapas bars and innovative eateries. So if you're interested in delving deeper than just eating the food and want to learn how many of Spain's most famous dishes are prepared, this class is right up your street. We will be cooking a selection of mouthwatering dishes to get you all into the Spanish way of eating. Featuring lots of veggies, fish and some meat but also indulging in a sweet treat to wrap up the meal, here is the menu for the day:
    • Pa amb tomaquet i fuet - The traditional slice of rustic bread rubbed with fresh ripe tomato, well seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and some cured 'fuet' sausage on top.
    • Fideus rossos - A traditional fishermen?s dish made with short fideus (noodles) cooked in a very rich seafood stock, served with prawns, squid and a spoonful of home made garlic allioli
    • Escalivada - A salad of roasted aubergine, peppers and onions. Traditionally cooked on an open fire, then skinned, seasoned and allowed to marinade ever so slightly. Can be served on bread with some anchovies or even kippers on top.
    • Crema Catalana amb carquinyolis - Traditional Catalan custard dessert made originally March 19 to celebrate St Joseph's day and also Father's Day in most of Spain. It has a lovely crunchy crust of caramelised sugar on top and is normally eaten with some biscuits on the side like Carquinyolis, made with whole almonds and flavoured with anisette.
    We haven't run this class since 2017 and we think. its time to share all these delicious flavours with you all over again!
  • Yukiko is on a mission to inform us that sushi is not just salmon and avocado! ! !
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    Join us at Will's Deli, Woodstock Road, Oxford and spend an evening learning how to make the traditional Futomaki and Hosomaki rolls but also the Uramaki (inside out! rolls. This is the perfect class to learn the techniques and then have the confidence to go home and make your own at a fraction of the price of shop sushi and also oh so much more tasty.
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    Finish off with an authentic green tea and ask Yukiko as many questions as you possible can, and people do! From the amount of photos we get back from people showing how successful they are at making sushi afterwards we know this class works! !
  • Yukiko who is our Sushi and Japanese Vegetarian expert with constantly sold out classes has put together a new class which we know you will enjoy. If you look at Yukiko's instagram page (@Jgohankitchen) you will see that she is an avid home cook, constantly creating traditional dishes for her and her family. She will show you just how easy it is to integrate traditional Japanese cooking techniques and flavours, along with their culinary concepts. Leave with a wealth of knowledge and confidence to create all these dishes at home. Don't worry we will tell you exactly where you can buy all the ingredients that are actually all readily available in Oxford or online should you wish to order from the comfort of your own home! The nettles for this delicious soup will be freshly collected from the grounds that morning! Dishes prepared:
    • Nettle soup with tempura nettle leaf
    • Miso marinated sea bream
    • Lotus root with sesame and sweet soy sauce
    • Kale tofu sesame dressing
    • Prawn and vegetable Harumaki spring rolls
    We know that this class will be popular so book fast to avoid disappointment!
  • Yukiko is on a mission to inform us that sushi is not just salmon and avocado! ! !
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    Join us at Will's Deli, Woodstock Road, Oxford and spend an evening learning how to make the traditional Futomaki and Hosomaki rolls but also the Uramaki (inside out! rolls. This is the perfect class to learn the techniques and then have the confidence to go home and make your own at a fraction of the price of shop sushi and also oh so much more tasty.
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    Finish off with an authentic green tea and ask Yukiko as many questions as you possible can, and people do! From the amount of photos we get back from people showing how successful they are at making sushi afterwards we know this class works! !