Tasty cookery classes and baking courses   

Cooking is a life skill that helps you have a healthier lifestyle. Being able to cook well is the healthiest and cheapest way to eat.  Learn essential cooking tips and get inspired by food from around the world. Whatever your home cooking goals, we have a number of cookery and baking courses to suit you.  

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Healthy eating or indulgent baking

From learning healthy cooking on a budget, to mastering cake decorating, there is a course for you. Learn about tasty international foods or easy vegan cooking. Discover how to feed the whole family a healthy meal, all at a low cost.   

Improve your health by cooking nutritious meals at home. At a time when every penny counts, find out about cooking tasty food at home and save money on takeaways.   

Whether you want to eat well for less, or discover world cuisine, a WEA cookery class can help. Find out how to use knives safely, learn about food hygiene and how to budget for your food shop. Taking a class with us is a great way to learn all you need about cooking well.  

Get confident in the kitchen

If you’re living on your own for the first time and need to cook for yourself, or maybe you feel like you are eating the same thing every night. Get confidence and get inspired in the kitchen. Our courses are warm and inclusive, everyone is welcome.   

Creative cakes

Put your creativity to good use and learn cake decorating for beginners. Learn icing techniques to make you stand out.  From making beautiful birthday cakes to mastering sugarcraft flowers, our courses can help you reach your cake decorating goals.  

From learning how to bake cakes to cooking on a budget, learn to be a whizz in the kitchen. Whether you are cooking for one or cooking for the whole family, our courses will help you make good food at home.   

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Food Hygiene

If you help out in a community or voluntary role, you may need to work with food. Understanding the safe handling of food is key to preventing infections and ensuring proper hygiene. Food safety courses are useful if you do any kind of charity or voluntary work that involves handling food. Whether you help prepare lunches at a community centre or collaborate with a food bank, this knowledge can help you ensure hygiene measures are followed.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/07/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall Community Centre (Leicester)
76 Hartington Road
Leicester
LE2 0GN
Tutor:
Jamila Mohammed Khanbhai
Course code:
Q00014095
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Cooking Practical: Lunchtime Leftovers

As part of world food waste day we are running a course on how to reduce your food waste and cut costs when it comes to meal time. If you are short of time and have leftovers in the fridge, this is the course for you. We will make a quick, easy, delicious and nutritious lunch/ light tea using bits from the fridge and store cupboard that you and your family will enjoy, helping you to reduce food waste and save a bit of money!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/07/2024 -
Tue 30/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00014439
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Hygiene in the Kitchen

Hygiene is so important in food preparation. If caterers, chefs and wait staff are not adequately trained they can present huge health risks to the community. If you help out in a community or voluntary role, you may need to work with food. Understanding the safe handling of food is key to preventing infections and ensuring proper hygiene. Food safety courses are useful if you do any kind of charity or voluntary work that involves handling food. Whether you help prepare lunches at a community centre or collaborate with a food bank, this knowledge can help you ensure hygiene measures are followed.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Landport Community Centre (Portsmouth)
Charles Street
Portsmouth
PO1 1JD
Tutor:
Debbie Woodward
Course code:
Q00016023
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Cooking on a Budget (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note that this isa course exclusively for residents living in a West Sussex postcode area - please do not apply if you do not live in West Sussex. Thanks for your understanding.* We will be cooking together in real time, making a variety of dishes, with advice and ideas on how to change the quantities to suit the number of people you are cooking for. We will look at ways of cooking and baking for one or two, or enough for a party. We shall be measuring ingredients and there will be time to find out about all the different ways measurements are written in recipes, so you can cook with confidence. Recipes will be put on Canvas before the course begins, so you can go shopping if you are going to cook along with me. All questions are welcome during the session, novice cooks are welcome along with those who have more experience and we will share ideas. Outcome: Double and halve the quantities in a recipe using metric and imperial measures while cooking a variety of dishes.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/07/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00015979
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Multiply Essex: Sourcing and cooking a budgeted meal at Beacon House

Multiply Essex: Personal budgeting skills at Beacon House. You will be able to identify approximate monthly income and outgoings, know how to develop a basic monthly budget – scale down to a week and up to a year and identify how to reduce outgoings – how to make savings.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 31/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Beacon House
24 Crouch Street
Colchester
CO3 3ES
Tutor:
Emma Paramor
Course code:
Q00017141
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free



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Baking on a Budget

"Baking on a Budget” is an 11-hour course meticulously created to equip participants with essential baking skills while maximizing affordability. Participants will master the art of creating delightful baked goods using cost-effective ingredients and simple techniques. The curriculum covers fundamental baking principles, including ingredient substitutions, portion management, and efficient kitchen organisation, ensuring optimal resource utilisation. Through hands-on demonstrations and practical exercises, students will learn to prepare a variety of treats, such as cookies, cupcakes, and brownies, perfect for school fair stalls. By course end, participants will possess the expertise and confidence to bake for school events and friends without exceeding budget constraints.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 11/07/2024
Times:
9:15am - 11:45am
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Mount Pleasant School (Southampton)
Mount Pleasant Road
Newtown
Southampton
SO14 0WZ
Tutor:
Debbie Woodward
Course code:
Q00014126
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee:
Free