Is it time for you to learn to cook?

Whether you have...

  • just left home?
  • gone off to university?
  • taken on a ready-made family?
  • reversed your roles?
  • lost your job?
  • been recently bereaved?

...learning how to cook removes one obstacle from these stressful situations.  But what if you don't have any experience of cooking?

Reaching for the takeaway menu may be quicker but is also likely to end up being more expensive. And a whole lot less healthy!

Taking the time to learn some basic kitchen know-how will be an investment in yourself and give you satisfaction in more ways than one.

Add in comfort food and seasonal treats to help grow your culinary skills.

Where to start?

On this site you will learn how to cook basic ingredients, such as

Then how to combine them into a satisfying meal, whether that is an everyday supper or a lavish special occasion dinner. 

I will help you build up a well stocked pantry or store cupboard, so that all the essential ingredients are to hand, enabling you to create a quick meal at any time of day or night.

Then we will cover meal planning to ensure you serve nutritious, tasty food that will encourage the whole family to tuck in and enjoy. 

Your personal cooking encyclopedia

This site will also help you build a knowledge base for all things food! For example, check out the page of essential cooking charts, which include...

  • oven temperatures
  • weights and measures 
  • what herbs go with what meals
  • meat cooking temperatures
  • list of cooking terms

The last item is very important, as you don't want to poison you or your family by getting that wrong! 

What could be easier than a hot baked potato for supper? Make it extra special by stuffing it and popping it back in the oven. 

What ingredients do you need for pastry? Learn how to combine them to make melt in the mouth pastry

Learn to cook with easy to use recipes

Most of my recipes will serve two people, but you can double up if you have a family to feed. 

Have you found that many recipe books assume you understand the "jargon"?  Full explanations of how to perform basic tasks are given in each recipe. 

Cooking in bulk can save you time. So I will give instructions for packaging and storing any left over food in the freezer, and how to reheat it later.

Kitting out your kitchen

Kitchen tools, equipment and gadgets can prove expensive. I will talk you through the must haves, nice to haves and the can-do-withouts.

After all, if money is tight you don't want to waste it on gadgets that are used once and then pushed to the back of the cupboard never to be seen again! Trust me, all cooks have them. 

So why are you waiting? Let's learn to cook!