The classes are for anyone who wants tips and techniques to improve their cooking (how to chop vegetables, how to make sauces, how to combine flavours, how to season food properly). They also help more experienced cooks who are looking for some inspiration and to start cooking something more than ‘the same old’ dishes.
The daytime classes are for 6 people, working in pairs. This gives the space and the time to ask any questions and get help with tricks and techniques as we go and a partner to work with (half the work, twice the laughing!).
Typically, you will make one more involved dish and one simpler dish – both great for midweek eating (and easy to tweak if you want to zing them up for a weekend supper with friends). To offer you a chance to sit down and have a cuppa in the middle, I demonstrate an easy bake for you to try at home, which we sample at the end.
Not at all. The dishes are selected to be easy to recreate at home and I am there to provide support to anyone wanted to learn new techniques, ask questions or just have a bit of a hand along the way.
The daytime classes are hands on, but not flat out! We start with a chat about the theme for that class (for example the benefits of plant-based eating or tips and tricks for filling your freezer). We also go through any new or unusual ingredients that I have found that I want to introduce you to. You then put on an apron and get stuck in and try cooking the recipes with the help of your partner. You will be sizzling and chopping, but also have time to chat, grab a cuppa and sit in the middle of the class to watch a baking idea being demonstrated to you.
Just an apron and some food storage boxes to take your goodies home. The class comes with all ingredients and equipment included, plus a personal copy of the recipes you have made.
The venue we use for daytime classes is in a very well-appointed church hall in central Sevenoaks. It has excellent facilities and off-street parking. The kitchen itself has stainless steel work surfaces and dedicated food prep and hand washing sinks together with two ovens & a large hob and a speed dishwasher. This all means that it is ready to accommodate any cooking (and mess!) that we make. We also use the adjoining glass-sided lobby as a place to prep foods and have a chat at the start of the class.
Daytime classes are £45 per person for 2.5 hours and can are on a Tuesday morning, see the adjoining calendar for this term’s class dates.
What’s on at The Cooking Apple
The summer is here finally! Soon it will be time to let go of the normal routine, with a few weeks of something different. Before you do, scroll down to the exciting Autumn class list and plan some ‘me time’, fun with a friend, or a chance to cook something new (after a summer of winging it and picnics – or is that just me?!). There are daytime and evening classes this term – take a look…
New for this term.
Firstly, daytime classes will stay at the same time, same price at the great facility just off The Vine in Sevenoaks. This term, the classes are all about you. We have added requested classes, trialled some new ideas and are ready to take you through the Autumn! We plan to warm your family’s table in the cooler months, relieve the boredom of cooking and finish with a final flourish of Christmas cheer.
Secondly, we are excited to confirm 3 dates to offer in our new ‘Yoga Supper Club’. Co-hosted with lovely Lucy from www.yogabylucy.com in pretty Shoreham village, you can come and enjoy an evening of cookery demonstration, relaxing yoga and supper by candlelight. There will be 12 places in each class (a great number for both yoga & supper!), with 6 available to The Cooking Apple guests.Finally, our newest ‘baby’ is a One Dish Wonder class. Come and learn one dish and a dessert on a Thursday evening, 8-9:30pm, ready for the weekend. This bite-sized class is for busy people who would like to learn in smaller (but perfectly formed!) parcels of time and is work and/or babysitter-friendly. Bring a friend for a night out or send a partner 😉!
Daytime classes this term are £45 to include all of your high quality ingredients, support and help whilst you make your dishes, recipes to take home, top tips for where to buy the best ingredients and as many laughs as you can manage in two and a half hours.. Oh – and of course – your dinner!
The Yoga Supper Clubs are £35 for a demonstration, recipe to take home, 1 ¼ hours of yoga and a delicious, warming supper.
The One Dish Wonder classes are £35 for an evening of fun (and dinner for Friday night..).
This term, The Cooking Apple will be offering a 10% discount on the purchase of 3 or more daytime or evening classes (yoga suppers not included).
Autumn 2019 – Class List
17th September – 10:00am – 12:30pm – 1 place available – £45
2 ½ hours of ideas that fit into one pot. As you juggle your return to term-time routines, these will be fast to prepare; keeping you & your family sane, well fed and inspired!
Asian Happy Bowls
1st October – 10:00am – 12:30pm – SOLD OUT – £45
Inspired by Chinese, Korean and Japanese ideas, we will show you some family-friendly noodle bowls and stir fries that are healthy, warming and full of fragrant flavours.
Autumn Market Suppers
15th October – 10:00am – 12:30pm – 4 places available – £45
The autumn gives us an abundance of delicious, colourful ingredients that grow right on our doorstep. Learn some fabulous mid-week meals using Kent’s best produce combined with some winning supermarket favourites.
12th November – 10:00am – 12:30pm – 3 places available – £45
We know you loved them and want to learn some more – so here they are! We will travel (sadly only in spirit) to some of Asia’s best areas to give you inspiration and new ideas. No fire here, just aromatic, authentic curries to suit family weekends or (my favourite!) ‘bung-it-in-the-middle’ dinner parties.
One Dish Wonder
17th October – 8:00pm – 9:30pm – 5 places available – £35
For those who prefer to cook in the evenings, here is a class that will have you learning, laughing and taking away a meal to start your weekend. You will learn a dish to add to your weekend repertoire and watch a demo of a delicious yet easy dessert (no-one need know it only took minutes!).
Yoga Supper Clubs
We are excited to be working with Lucy in pretty, Shoreham village. Meeting in the village hall, we start with a demo by The Cooking Apple of a delicious vegetarian dish. Whilst it cooks, Lucy will guide you through you a great mellow-flow yoga session ending with a relaxing shavasana. You will then come to the candlelit table for a supper of the demonstrated dishes and a delicious pudding.
11th September – 7:00pm – 9:45pm – 5 places available – £35
9th October – 7:00pm – 9:45pm – 5 places available – £35
13th November – 7:00pm – 9:45pm – 5 places available – £35
26th Nov – 10:00am – 12:30pm – 10 places available – £35
This is your chance to sit back, relax and watch some Christmas ideas to both inspire your Christmas menu and make life easier in the busy festive season. The morning starts with breakfast bites & a mocktail, then you can watch demos of all things Christmas, enjoy samples of what I make and take the recipes & some goodies home.