6-Week Mediterranean Cooking Courses for Beginners
Beginner Cooking course and Classes. Become a confident home cook and establish a repertoire of simple, seasonal, healthy dishes to be proud of.
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Kitchen Confidence 101

6-Week Mediterranean Cooking Course for Beginners

This course has been created to demystify home cooking so that beginners can learn how to cook with ease and confidence.

There is so much more to cooking than just recipes. There is a whole philosophy of food and eating – a sensibility that is packaged in how to plan, shop, cook and eat.

Classes are run weekly out of Elizabeth’s family home in Elwood. No cooking knowledge is assumed. Messaging and telephone access to Elizabeth is available during each term, so you also get the extra support you need to build your confidence and ability.

In each class you will work on Mediterranean inspired dishes with minimum ingredients and straight forward instruction.  You won’t walk away from this with just a list of recipes, you will learn the simple principals that underwrite all cuisines and begin to grow into someone who cooks with spontaneity and confidence.

Over the six weeks, you will be introduced to techniques including baking, roasting, frying, slow cooking, simmering, poaching and grilling.  You will be exposed to a wide variety of seasonal ingredients and the gastronomic knowledge associated with them, empowering you to become an informed consumer who seeks a return on investment in the ingredients you grow and purchase.

This ever popular program is practical, fun, social, un-intimidating and a wonderful opportunity to master the basics of home cooking. You will be left loaded with achievable ideas for healthy snacks, school and work lunches, weeknight dinners, and simple entertaining.

The scientific evidence that the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle is linked to some important health benefits including an increased life expectancy, continues to accumulate.  Even when taken up in middle age, it is evident that  there is a reduced risk in heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline and memory problems, dementia and depression observed amongst those who enjoy a traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.

In our busy lives in the likes of Middle Melbourne, it is nice to think that by eating Mediterranean food we will incur the health benefits of ‘The Mediterranean Diet.’

Some of us may even confuse the food we eat on holiday in the Mediterranean such as coffee and pastries, pizza and pasta, sticky desserts and copious amounts of alcohol to sustain us in the heat, with the traditional food of the people of the Mediterranean.

The traditional food of the Mediterranean delivers meals rich in healthy fats, small bony fish, a small amount of meat, dairy and eggs, plenty of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, herbs and spices, and lots of locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables.  Not only do these ingredients taste wonderful, but they looks appetising, the recipes are simple and uncomplicated and when you are buying mainly plant based, local, seasonal food, it is generally very inexpensive and leaves a comparatively small carbon foot print.

One of the most important things to understand about the Mediterranean diet is that it is not just a diet though – it is in fact as much a lifestyle.

The Mediterranean diet pyramid was developed from the eating and lifestyle habits of long living adults around the Mediterranean basin.

If you observe the bottom layer (the part of the pyramid given the most emphasis) you will see the importance attributed to social interaction and activities.

We need to keep in mind that the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet comes as much from this social interaction within families and communities, communal cooking and dining, the activities surrounding local agricultural and fishing, gardening and physical movement such as walking and dancing; Being outdoors, eating seasonally and locally grown food, enjoying nature, not over indulging in food, alcohol and the trappings of a modern world. It all sounds like a utopia I know but it does not need to be as far out of reach as you think. There are a lot of motivators to rethink how we live and eat. 

For many of us, changing how we eat, spending time with friends and family, engaging with the seasons and with our environment, is the first step towards us moving towards a happier, healthier being.  Often learning how to cook is a great place to start.  As you learn about local, seasonal produce, the traditional ingredients of the Mediterranean, cook it with others and sit down to dine at a communal table – where time and space is given to the enjoyment of food and wine and conviviality.

The Kitchen Confidence Cooking Course is designed so that you will learn how to cook with ease and confidence.

The material we work through will expose you to new ways of considering food and dining at home.   You can expect to learn the pleasure of preparing simple seasonal food for yourself or to share proudly with friends and family. 

You will be exposed to a wide variety of seasonal ingredients and the gastronomic knowledge and recipes associated with them.

Each class will present some simple recipes with minimum ingredients and processes with straight forward explanation of the whys and wherefores of the instructions

You will learn how to read, understand and follow recipes, how to plan your meals,  how to select, care for and use simple kitchen equipment, how to shop, stock a pantry and a fridge, how to store food properly and how to create inspirational meals from simple seasonal ingredients to share at the table.

You will be peeling, chopping, slicing and dicing, roasting, baking, simmering, boiling and sautéing before you know it!

You will learn how to identify the best quality, locally available, seasonal produce and how to maximise the investment you make in the food you grow or purchase, and prepare.  You will become a critical and informed consumer and clever about how you sustain and nourish yourself and those you care for. 

Each class includes:

  • Light Refreshments
  • An apron
  • Ingredients and equipment
  • Note paper and copy of recipes
  • Sit down meal of the dishes prepared, with a glass of wine
  • An exemption from the washing up
  • A complimentary guided visit to a local farmer’s market
  • Telephone or messaging support during the course

 

Also note:

  • Dishes and menus may vary 
  • Adjustments may be made for some food allergies and intolerances, some classes however will always be unsuitable. Please advise us during your initial consultation of any special food needs that you have so that we can be sure to schedule you correctly
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of class to settle in.
  • Please wear closed, flat shoes
  • Some of the items, such as equipment and ingredients that we use in class can be ordered and purchased through the school on request

 

Bookings and Enquiries

This course is recommended for:

  • Beginners and less confident cooks
  • Young people moving out of home
  • Parents struggling with managing family meals
  • Individuals with changed personal circumstances and new responsibilities 
  • Individuals who want to improve their cooking repertoire, knowledge and skills
  • Individuals who have just decided not to put up with eating bad food any longer

Bookings and Enquiries

 CLASSES ARE RUN WEEKLY – PICK A TIME THAT SUITS YOU

TERM 1

EVENINGS 6.30 – 9pm  – MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS: February 3rd – March 19th, 2020

DAYTIME 11am – 1.30pm – TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS: February 4th – March 18th, 2020

TERM 2

EVENINGS 6.30 – 9pm  – MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS: March 30th – May 14th, 2020

DAYTIME 11am – 1.30pm – TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS: March 31st – May 13th, 2020

$749

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