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From cookery clubs during the school holidays to private pizza parties for birthdays.

COMMUNITY COURSES

The Hackney School of Food is at the heart of the community around Mandeville Community School.

We offer a range of courses celebrating our diverse community culture, including cultural cooking classes, family cooking sessions, learning how to grow vegetables, our eat well for a fiver session and much more.

We run cookery clubs for children during the school holidays, as well as sessions for private groups, such as pizza parties for birthdays.

 

To book a holiday club, party or find out more, contact us.

Bread-Baking for families

  • Italian Focaccia
  • Soda Bread
  • Indian Flatbread & Naan
  • Scaling Up

In this three hour class, we will show you what you need to know to make the perfect loaf, how to scale it up to feed large volumes and a few interesting styles of bread that will have you confident in your baking.

Starting with delicious Italian focaccia, you will learn the absolute essentials of how to mix, stretch, fold and shape your doughs and the importance of proving and resting before the bake. Moving on to an easy Soda Bread for a yeast-free recipe, we talk about the nutritional benefits of wholemeal flour and how to use other types of flour and inclusions in the doughs. Finally, we show you how to bake without using an oven, with our Indian style flatbreads and naans cooked in a hot frying pan.

Once you’ve mastered these simple but effective techniques you’ll be confident to scale up your baking skills to feed large volumes.

Children’s Pizza Party

  • How to make a starter
  • Fermenting dough in the fridge
  • Ease of production

In this day-long class, we start with the basics of a sourdough – making a starter culture from scratch and working through the step by step process of bringing it to life and caring for it. Then, using the Hackney School of Food’s very own starter, we will create our own pizza dough,  talking through the techniques needed to build structure and getting the best out of your doughs by leaving them in the fridge to slowly ferment. Then we will make and eat pizza!

Cultural Cuisines

We run cookery classes celebrating the cuisines of our community’s heritage including:

  • Turkish Cooking
  • West African Cooking
  • Caribbean Cooking
  • Polish Cooking

How to manage waste in the kitchen

  • Reusing ‘off cuts’
  • Pickles, chutneys and jams

In this course, we aim to help you reduce the food waste in your kitchen by turning food that may have been destined for the bin or compost into tasty offerings. This will also help your kitchen budget along the way.

You’ll learn how to transform fruit into a sweet compote, savoury pickle or chutney. Offcuts of vegetables will be revamped into beautiful pasta sauces, soups or bases for curries, marinades and sauces.

Once you are aware of the range of options in upcycling what is often thrown away, the possibilities are endless.

How to host your own Supper Club

  • Ideas, themes
  • Dishes
  • Time management & Promotion

The idea of hosting your own supper club can be quite daunting, in this class we aim to break down the planning and execution of your supper club into an easily managed and successful event.

We’ll start by introducing how to develop your theme and menu for the event, including how to accurately cost a budget. Making people aware of the supper club is vital to making it a success, so we will discuss ways in which to raise the profile for you. Then we’ll cover preparation techniques, both food and event planning in the days running up to the event and on the day itself.

By the end of this course, you will be ready and willing to host a fantastic and triumphant supper club.

PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS

In partnership with Public Health England and East London Foundation Trust and Homerton Hospital, we offer a variety of cookery classes to improve mental health and physical wellbeing, including Cooking for the Elderly, Cooking for Healthy Pregnancy, Cooking for Diabetes, Cooking for Coeliacs and Cooking for Lactose Intolerance.

Please contact us for details of our classes.

More courses coming soon:

 

Growing Vegetables and Fruit

Harvesting Vegetables and Fruit

Beekeeping

… and more!

Bread-Baking for families

  • Italian Focaccia
  • Soda Bread
  • Indian Flatbread & Naan
  • Scaling Up

In this three hour class, we will show you what you need to know to make the perfect loaf, how to scale it up to feed large volumes and a few interesting styles of bread that will have you confident in your baking.

Starting with delicious Italian focaccia, you will learn the absolute essentials of how to mix, stretch, fold and shape your doughs and the importance of proving and resting before the bake. Moving on to an easy Soda Bread for a yeast-free recipe, we talk about the nutritional benefits of wholemeal flour and how to use other types of flour and inclusions in the doughs. Finally, we show you how to bake without using an oven, with our Indian style flatbreads and naans cooked in a hot frying pan.

Once you’ve mastered these simple but effective techniques you’ll be confident to scale up your baking skills to feed large volumes.

Children’s Pizza Party

  • How to make a starter
  • Fermenting dough in the fridge
  • Ease of production

working through the step by step process of bringing it to life and caring for it. Then, using the Hackney School of Food’s very own starter, we will create our own pizza dough,  talking through the techniques needed to build structure and getting the best out of your doughs by leaving them in the fridge to slowly ferment. Then we will make and eat pizza

Cultural Cuisines

 We run cookery classes celebrating the cuisines of our community’s heritage including:

  • Turkish Cooking
  • West African Cooking
  • Caribbean Cooking
  • Polish Cooking

How to manage waste in the kitchen

  • Reusing ‘off cuts’
  • Pickles, chutneys and jams

In this course, we aim to help you reduce the food waste in your kitchen by turning food that may have been destined for the bin or compost into tasty offerings. This will also help your kitchen budget along the way.

You’ll learn how to transform fruit into a sweet compote, savoury pickle or chutney. Offcuts of vegetables will be revamped into beautiful pasta sauces, soups or bases for curries, marinades and sauces.

Once you are aware of the range of options in upcycling what is often thrown away, the possibilities are endless.

How to host your own Supper Club

  • Ideas, themes
  • Dishes
  • Time management & Promotion

The idea of hosting your own supper club can be quite daunting, in this class we aim to break down the planning and execution of your supper club into an easily managed and successful event.

We’ll start by introducing how to develop your theme and menu for the event, including how to accurately cost a budget. Making people aware of the supper club is vital to making it a success, so we will discuss ways in which to raise the profile for you. Then we’ll cover preparation techniques, both food and event planning in the days running up to the event and on the day itself.

By the end of this course, you will be ready and willing to host a fantastic and triumphant supper club.

PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS

In partnership with Public Health England and East London Foundation Trust and Homerton Hospital, we offer a variety of cookery classes to improve mental health and physical wellbeing, including Cooking for the Elderly, Cooking for Healthy Pregnancy, Cooking for Diabetes, Cooking for Coeliacs and Cooking for Lactose Intolerance.

Please contact us for details of our classes.

More courses coming soon:

 

Growing Vegetables and Fruit

Harvesting Vegetables and Fruit

Beekeeping

… and more!

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