Cookery School


The WI Cookery School in Oxfordshire welcomes anyone with a passion for cooking to come and extend their range of skills and experience. The school caters for all levels of ability with courses for the novice cook to the accomplished chef – all with local and seasonal produce in mind. There is also a range of courses for families to attend, so even the smallest members of the family can get hands on!

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WI Member: From £400.00


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Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, enjoy Italian cuisine or just want to try out the language to see whether you might like to learn it in the future, this is the course for you. Over the two days you will learn conversational Italian, discover the history and culture of Italy and then cook up Italian favourites in the WI Cookery School. Not to be missed!

 

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



This is a second instalment of our popular Italian cooking and language course and is suitable for anyone who has complete part 1 or who already speaks a little conversational Italian. Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, enjoy Italian cuisine or just want to try out the language to see whether you might like to learn it in the future, this is the course for you. Over the two days you will learn conversational Italian, discover the history and culture of Italy and then cook up Italian favourites in the WI Cookery School.

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



Spain is rightly famous for its simple cooking using fantastic produce. From classic paellas to the Moorish inspired cookery of Andalucia, this course will cover some of the most popular Iberian dishes. Plus a selection of tapas dishes and some sweet treats too!

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Let’s take time to contemplate the marvellous summer we’ve had and how it’s furnished us with such an abundant harvest. In this waste not want not themed course, Linda will pass on her top tips and best recipes for making the most of courgettes, tomatoes, apples and batch baking to fill your freezer.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Create a high-end afternoon tea featuring a mixture of traditional and modern styles. Recipes will include: Scones, Battenburg, Raspberry and Vanilla Marshmallow filled Chocolate Teacakes, Macarons and a demonstration and tasting of sandwiches.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Join Kelly for a trip stateside, as you bake your way through delicious goodies and desserts including Florida's key lime pie, donuts, bagels, whoopie pies and New York's infamous cheesecake.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Take your bread making to another level by learning the art of sourdoughs and long fermentation dough. Suitable for beginners and experienced bakers.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Join Lindy Wildsmith, author of 'Artisan Drinks' to learn to make your own delicious seasonal cordials, infusions, cocktails and  mocktails ... by capturing the scents and flavours of the summer season and transforming them into both alcoholic and soft drinks to enable you to enhance ice cream, jelly, cakes, cocktails or to give as a gift. Cocktails and punches don’t have to be alcoholic; learn which ingredients pack a punch to your drink but still allow you to drive home. We will of course be making some alcoholic drinks too! 

Liqueurs

Walnut and chocolate liqueur, Summer fruit vodka

Cordials

Gooseberry and elderflower cordial, Raspberry vinegar

Mocktails and cocktails

Tropical storm, Pussyfoot, The Duke of Cambridge, New Hampshire Sangria, Drying leaves, flowers, hips and citrus skins for infusion

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



If you are into jam making and preserving, why not try your hand at our winter themed preserving course featuring pumpkin and orange marmalade, ginger and lemon curd, spiced root vegetable chutney, fermented pickled shallots, gut busting Korean kimchi, confit of duck and potted venison.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Italian regional food is governed by the the seasons and the produce they bring. What better way to celebrate the arrival of Autumn by creating elegant yet warming and comforting dishes with the colourful fruit, vegetables and nuts, meat and game?

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Join Jill on a baking masterclass as she incorporates seasonal fruits and vegetables into some of your favourite or soon to be favourite bakes. Covering an array of cakes, doughs, biscuits and pastry, this course is one not to miss for anyone who loves baking and wants to extend their recipe repertoire and knowledge.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



As the nights draw in and the trees shed their leaves, join us to preserve Autumn fruits and vegetables for the year ahead, using the traditional methods championed by the WI. This course is practical with some tutor demonstrations. Learn how to make Autumn jams and pickles ( sweet and savoury), jelly, chutney, sauce and vinegar. At the end of the course there will be jars and bottles of eight different recipes to take home. For those who enjoy entering competitions, there will be hints and tips from the tutor who is an NFWI Preserves Judge.

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



Alison Haigh grew up in an artisan bakery and she will be sharing her experience on this special weekend bread course. You will learn how four simple ingredients can be combined to produce wonderful breads. Recipes include rosemary and potato focaccia, cinnamon swirls, sultana and walnut loaf, and curried naan bread.

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



Following the success of Alison's Introductory bread course, she is now offering Bread Baking for the Home - Part 2 to extend your knowledge and skill base further. It is not essential that you have completed the first course but it is desirable that you already have a basic knowledge of bread. You will make an overnight dough, use the sponge method, practice shaping techniques and make a selection of breads  to include English muffins, pumpkin bread and a delicious buttery citrus Pan de Mie.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



You will start with baking using a tried and tested recipe for a well risen and firm cake with good keeping qualities which is perfect for celebration cakes. Then you will look at all the professional techniques to prepare your cake for decoration, cover with sugarpaste and add incredible decorative touches. You will be stacking, dowelling, crimping, colouring, making cut outs and flowers and even doing some royal iced piping. You will come away with everything you need to know to create amazing cakes of your own at home and some professional tips and secrets too.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Join farmer's wife and cheese maker Louise Talbot for a fascinating course in making cheese at home. Louise will show you how to make a range of soft cheeses using domestic kitchen utensils.

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



Chicken can be expensive to buy, however buying a whole chicken and jointing it can be a much more cost effective and diverse way to enjoy cooking with and eating. Learn to break down a whole chicken and then use up all of the cuts and joint to make several diverse meals to then take home.

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



Master the art of chocolate making with this fun day school where you will make both capped and dipped chocolates with festive fillings including Stilton and Port and a gingerbread ganache.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Join Bhavini for a weekend where you will immerse yourself in an array of aromatic spices to create delicious, authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist that you can easily recreate at home. Dishes will include: Chicken Tikka Massala, Aromatic Pilaf Rice, Chappatis, Tadka Dahl and Pakoras.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Take the stress out of Christmas by coming along to the cookery school to prepare many of the components for your Christmas dinner and over the festive period, including stuffing, gravy and side dishes, plus delicious truffles. Take it all home and freeze in preparation for the big day so that you can relax and enjoy yourself, knowing that all of the hard work has already been done!

 

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



This course is a journey through the Americas, with stops in Spanish influenced Argentina, Peru, Mexico and the USA.

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



This course will be a real adventure. Take a journey into cuisines that you haven't tried before. The Caribbean, Malaysia, and even South Africa – they all have their own curries. So join us to sample fragrant fish, meat and vegetable dishes flavoured with spice pastes and powders.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



With Indian food now known as Britain's adopted national cuisine, it is no surprise that everyone has their go-to favourites when they visit their local curry house. In this course, you will learn to cook some of the dishes that are reminiscent of every good curry house.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Simple, colourful and vibrant food from the great reaches of the Middle East, guaranteed to bring sunshine to any occasion. Explore techniques, ingredients and recipes inspired by travels through the Bosphorus, Black Sea, Aegean, Mediterranean, North Africa, and Persia. 

WI Member: From £125.00


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Join us for a day of cooking with local, seasonal produce. You will create your own 2 course lunch followed by an afternoon exploring further dishes to take home for dinner. Be inspired to cook using what is available from your garden and local farm shop and know how to adapt recipes to suit the produce and time of year.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



There’s no gift as special as something homemade so join us for a cookery class that will not only get you in the festive spirit but will also help you reduce your Christmas shopping!

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



As many preserves can be made throughout the year. Join us to make a range of recipes to keep, eat and share, using the traditional methods championed by the WI. This course is practical with some tutor demonstrations. Learn how to make a marmalade, jam, chutney, curd, pickle, syrup, and fruit in alcohol. For those who enjoy entering competitions, there will be hints and tips from the tutor who is an NFWI Preserves Judge. Included in the course will be : sourcing ingredients, choosing equipment, preparation and cooking fruit and vegetables, how to test pectin content, types of sugar and vinegar to use, how to test for a set, finishing and sealing preserves.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Are you or a loved one vegan and you're looking for a little inspiration when it comes to meal times? Join us for a day school to learn some simple, balanced and delicious meals to take home and enjoy for the next few days and recreate for years to come!

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Take the stress out of cooking for dinner parties by learning some speedy yet impressive starters, mains and desserts to wow your guests.

WI Member 1 Adult 1 Child: From £95.00


Non Member 1 Adult 1 Child: From £115.00


WI Member 1 Adult 2 Children: From £125.00


Non Member 1 Adult 2 Children: From £145.00



Enjoy a day of baking spooky creations for Halloween next week during the half term break! This course is aimed at 6-12 year olds, however all ages are welcome. Parent/Guardian participation.

WI Member 1 Adult 1 Child: From £90.00


Non Member 1 Adult 1 Child: From £100.00


WI Member 1 Adult 2 Children: From £130.00


Non Member 1 Adult 2 Children: From £140.00



Join Ana for a fun day in the kitchen learning about Portuguese cookery, ingredients and flavour combinations. You will get to make a delicious Portuguese inspired dinner to take home and share with your family for dinner, including a starter, main and pudding.

Starter – Coxinha de Frango (Portuguese Chicken Dumplings) – which we will make together as a group and share out at the end of the day

Main – Bacalhau a Bras (Salty Cod with Crisps) – which you will watch as a demonstration and make with your parent/guardian

Dessert – Torta de Laranga (Portuguese Orange Flavoured Roulade) – which you will watch as a demonstration and make with your parent/guardian

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Discover the processes of fermentation and how it can be used to enhance our menu planning and health. This course will cover techniques and recipes to create tasty fermented foods and drink like kombucha tea, sauerkraut, labneh, yoghurt and pickles and even create your own sourdough starter for homemade sourdough.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Take your home ferments to the next level with exciting new flavour combinations, cultured condiments and even your very own ginger 'bug' for real ginger beer at home. It is preferable but not essential for you to have participated in our 'An Introduction to Fermentation' course.

WI Member: From £400.00


Non Member: From £440.00



Join Jill on a Festive baking masterclass as she incorporates seasonal ingredients and spices into some of your favourite or soon to be favourite Christmas themed bakes and treats. Covering an array of cakes, doughs, biscuits, pastry and preserves, this course is one not to miss for anyone who loves baking and wants to extend their recipe repetoire and knowledge to feed loved ones over the festive period. 

WI Member: From £150.00


Non Member: From £170.00



Get ahead of the festive season and join us to make a range of preserves to eat, share and gift in time for Christmas, ready to liven up and make a great talking point of any cheese board or Christmas dinner. With a mixture of demonstrations and practical sessions, discover how to make a festive marmalade, curd, chutney and jelly using the traditional methods championed by the WI. All the ingredients and jars will be provided and are included in the cost of the day. For those who enjoy entering competitions, there will be hints and tips from the tutor who is an NFWI Preserves Judge.

WI Member: From £125.00


Non Member: From £145.00



Gluten free baking can seem daunting, however this course will highlight how easy it is to create delicious, baked goods including tarts, breads and cakes.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Forget limp lettuce and curling cucumbers, salads have gone glam! Salads are no longer an afterthought or a side dish. They can be a real showpiece of the dinner table. A selection of satisfying, interesting salads that will cover dinner, lunch or both, eat as they are or topped with a piece of fish or meat. No boring packed lunches ever again! 

WI Member: From £440.00


Non Member: From £480.00



Forget limp lettuce and curling cucumbers, salads have gone glam! Salads are no longer an afterthought or a side dish. They can be a real showpiece of the dinner table. Colourful, nutritious, filling and portable, learn the secrets of how to use pulses and grains alongside fresh or roasted vegetables, herbs and nuts to create dishes that work as individual meals or buffet table winners.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Take whistle stop tour around the British Isles to discover an assortment of delicious regional baked goods from our very own shores. This course will cover a rich diversity of recipes with a variety of cookery techniques and skills, including Welsh Bara Brith, Dundee Cake, Banbury Cakes, Bishop Cake and Cornish Saffron cake.

WI Member: From £375.00


Non Member: From £410.00



Many people are turning away from bread due to a difficulty digesting the high level of gluten in modern flours. Heritage and ancient grains offer a solution as they contain a lower percentage of gluten and so even those with a gluten intolerance find bread made with these flours easier to digest. Learn how to make your own great bread using these flours on this introduction course. Not suitable for coeliacs.

WI Member: From £375.00