Quirky Cookery Days 2018-19
New 2019 Quirky course dates email can be viewed if you
click on above 2019 picture.
Our Cookery Workshops are some of our most popular and tend to take place in early Spring and Autumn when the kitchen is less busy. We're lucky to have some inspiring tutors all of whom are highly knowledgable in their own fields and are only too willing to share their secrets, hints and wealth of expertise with us.
The workshops take place in our farmhouse kitchen around one large table. Currently all our cooking workshops are hands-on and generally this means very hands-on - you may sit down for the first coffee and introduction and the rest of the time you'll be busy.
Quite often the things you make are sampled at lunch time, though don't worry, there will always be plenty to take home - especially with the baking day.
Our kitchen wouldn't be the same without our oil fired Aga, which we use for the majority of our Cycle Cafe food and Cookery Courses, however we always bring in a fan oven for the baking days that need it - so you will have the benefit of being able to use both where necessary.
Artisan Cheesemaking at Home
with Rachael Shreeve
from 'Aries Dairies'
We are unsure whether Rachel will be able to teach in 2019,
if you wish to leave us your email in the event we manage to secure a date please let us know.
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch home made biscuits
and fresh coffees etc
there will be a £5 ingredients charge payable to the tutor on the day
9.30 - 2.30pm ish each day
Trained as an Antarctic marine ecologist Rachael and her husband moved to the Cumbrian Fells some 7 years ago to live the good life - and they have never looked back. Her dream was to be self sufficient in her own dairy making cheese, butter, cream, yoghurt and of course milk.
For her first two years in Cumbria she worked on a neighbours (meat producing ) sheep farm to learn the basics before finding a local contact from which to buy her own three dairy sheep. It transpired that sheep were more suited to the area than goats and
Biffa, Millie and Lulubelle became part of the family.
'Aries Dairies' as fondly named by Rachael, comprises three pet ewes producing milk for her family.
Rachael is an Arian birthsign (The Ram) and her name is also Hebrew for Ewe, meaning Aries Dairies was the perfect name.
Ewe's milk is very rich and has a lovely creamy taste - from the same volume of milk, twice as much cheese can be made compared to using cows milk.
Rachael is also infamous locally for making 'Baaaa Bras' (size double ewe!) for her girls, to keep the lambs off the milk, once they have had their share, but allowing them to still run with their mothers.
Every morning and evening between early March and September Rachael hand milked her 3 girls outside the barn attached to her home. They jump onto the milking stand ready to be milked and simultaneously enjoy their breakfast or supper.
The milk is used by the house hold not only as lovely fresh milk, but it is also made into set and drinking yogurts, and into various cheeses from soft feta, to farm house cheddars and hard romano like cheeses. The milk is also separated to produce cream and further processed into butter.
During this Greystoke course you will learn about the basics of making cheese; the important differences between hard and soft cheeses, what varies the taste of the cheese, the importance of different starter cultures, different curdling agents and how temperature and humidity effect the final product. Depending on what milk is available the course will be using Goats, Ewe's or Cows milk, you will be making one of two types of soft cheese , learning the process of hard cheese making, learning about and sampling Rachaels own feta cheese and understanding principles and pitfalls of many different types of artisan cheesemaking.
Handling the Curd
Filling the moulds
Setting the Curd
|The milk is used by the household not only as lovely fresh milk, but it is also made into set and drinking yogurts and into various cheeses from soft feta, to farmhouse cheddars and hard romano-like cheeses.
The milk is also separated to produce cream and further processed into butter.
||During this Greystoke course you will learn about the basics of making cheese; the important differences between hard and soft cheeses, what varies the taste of the cheese, the importance of different starter cultures, different curdling agents and how temperature and humidity effect the final product. Depending on what milk is available the course will be using Goats, Ewe's or Cows milk. You will be making one of two types of soft cheese, learning the process of hard cheese making, learning about and sampling Rachael's own feta cheese and understanding principles and pitfalls of many different types of artisan cheesemaking.
Specialist Baking Days with Gillian Harris
The eldest of 10 children, Gillian has always been interested in cookery, especially baking. Her job after Sunday school was to bake bread and cakes for the family for the week. It was never a chore for her – she loved being in the kitchen. Over the years she learnt to make cakes for her siblings' birthdays and later for other members of the family and for friends. This expanded to wedding cakes, christening cakes, buffets, etc,as the family grew up.
Since moving to Cumbria and becoming involved with the Women's Institute and the Sugar Craft Guild, Gillian has demonstrated various forms of cookery and cake decorating - fish cookery, soups, starters, quick suppers, jams & preserves, gateaux, sugar flowers, gelatine flowers, all kinds of cake icing and decorating, bread making by hand and by machine.
As a result of a Christmas bread making demonstration, Gillian was approached by Carrs and asked to help with the development and promotion of their specialist bread making flours developed for bread machines. Since then she has given many demonstrations and workshops, enjoyed trying out different recipes and different bread machines. She has also been asked by many people with food intolerances to find recipes to suit and found this area of research really interesting.
All in all she would like to say a big thank you to her mum and grandma who were always ready to let her lend a hand whenever they were in the kitchen and who encouraged her to try out different recipes. She considers herself very lucky to have 3 children and 5 grandchildren who all enjoy cooking - it means her kitchen will continue to be the hub of the house for some time to come.
Please bring an apron, some lightweight scales and a bag to take home your goodies - and make sure you have space in your freezer.
There will be a charge of £5 payable to the tutor directly on the day towards the cost of the specialist ingredients used
Bread by Hand with Gillian Harris
Due to family circumstances Gill is unable to provide
dates for 2019 at this time. Please let us know if you are waiting in the event that the situation changes.
10am to 2.30pm ish
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch etc
Our Bread workshops are always very productive and typically students make four batches to take home with them.
*On request we have added a scone option into some of the Bread making workshops meaning that you will make atleast one batch of scones and one batch of bread and students may then choose whether to make further bread or scones for the remaining two.
Gillian will explain over first coffees the importance of the various ingredients, dried yeast vs fresh, liquids and proving times- and very soon you'll be making your first loaf of basic farmhouse bread - wholemeal or granary - you will quicky move on to rolls, foccaccia. rustic soda breads, challah, parmesan buns garlic rings and much more - make room in your freezer- you will see Breadmaking with new eyes.
There is something special about making bread by Hand - and for the time spent doing it - then it's worth doing it as well as you can - and the warm dough-y smells that ensue will create an unrivalled homeliness for your kitchen.
Gillian, who is becoming very well known throughout the county for her whole repertoire of bread making skills will share with us her secrets for a wonderful variety of her very achievable and special ‘hand made breads’.
Using both Aga and conventional fan oven. Your day will include a lovely 2 course lunch, with hand made bread and all refreshments.
Gluten Free Cookery Days
Gluten Free Breads and Pastries
£75 inc a lovely 2 course lunch
Please contact us if you would like us to organise a GF baking day -
min 5 persons required
Anyone who has ever tried to make Pastry, Bread, Biscuits or Scones gluten free knows that result can be disappointing.
Shown are pictures from our last GF bread and pastries workshop
It's entirely possible to make very light and lovely gluten free pastry - you just have to know how!
Gill will arrive with many ingredients and over first coffees she will tell you about some of her favourite ingredients - you will then be invited to choose from a variety of recipes and the cooking will start.
You will feel far more confident about all you prepare and serve after a workshop with Gill.
There will be a charge of £10 payable to the tutor directly on the day towards the cost of the specialist ingredients.
Gillian Harris bakes for several gluten free clients and is well versed on all the hazards of cooking without gluten, with hints and tips on getting the best out of her recipes. She prefers alternative flours such a chestnut etc rather than the gluten removed wheat flours. She has experimented and adapted many recipes to share with you.
It's the gluten that gives bread and pastries their elasticity and cakes their spring.
Therefore 'Gluten removed' free flours are a little more difficult to work than normal flours and results less predictable -
but there are ways round to getting good results - find out these secrets from Gillian
In addition there are many other alternative ingredients to use as substitutes for a gluten free diet which will provide very tasty alternatives and so help towards a fresher approach and better results.
You will be eating for lunch the items you have made where appropriate.
Please bring an apron, some lightweight scales and a bag to take some of your things home in.
Scrumptious Scone Making Day with Gillian Harris
Making Chutneys and Mincemeats for Christmas
Of Chutneys - Originating from India there is a virtually limitless number of chutneys that can be made from almost any combination of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Chutneys are usually grouped into either sweet or hot forms; both forms usually contain spices, including chili, but differ by their main flavours. Chutney types and their preparations vary widely across Pakistan and India.
However european chutneys tend to use more fruits, vinegar and sugar and less herbs and spices, although it is these that give the wonderful variations and special Christmas flavours.
Of Mincemeats - Despite its name mincemeat contains no meat (although it used to) but is a delicious combination of dried fruits, spices, sugar, suet, apples and brandy. Its most common use is the traditional Christmas mince pie, but it also makes delicious crumbles and cakes. Once you've made your own mincemeat it's highly likely you'll never wish to buy another jar again.
Gillian will have several lovely recipes up her sleeve that will stand you in good stead in the build up for Christmas and as always she will arrive with a mass of ingredients and give you an opportunity to get creative.
You may be asked to bring jam jars and windfall fruit - we shall confirm nearer the time.
Christmas Breads from Around the World with Gillian Harris
and many more
|Filmed by Border TV |
in Dec 2008 as a
Join us for a whistle stop bread-making tour around the world.
Have a go at making and tasting some of the special Christmas breads from such places as France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, America, Israel, etc, from very simple 'hearth bread' to very rich spicy, alcohol-soaked fruit loaves.
Enjoy the aromas and traditions of real family Christmases. With each bread you will learn a little of how the recipes were developed and what they represent.
Surprise your family with something a little different this Christmas!
All of these breads are usually made by hand but the use of a bread making machine
and/or Kenwood (or similar) mixer for making the dough cuts out some of the hard work!
We usually do a bit of both.
Vorta Limpa - a Swedish bread made with rye flour, cloves, port and ale - especially good with cheese * Julekage - A jewelled crown with lots of glace fruit.
Kolach - from Russia unusually made with yoghurt& * Christopsomo - a Greek bread with a byzantine cross and walnuts for good luck * Placek Swiateczny - Polish - more like a teabread - traditionally the centrepiece of food eaten after midnight mass * Panettone - the famous Italian Christmas bread named after the baker who created it.
Bolo Rei or Roscon de Reyes - fthe King's Crown - found in Portugal or Spain, also known as twelfth night bread, eaten on 6th January * Fougasse - a french hearth baked bread, again the centrepiece after midnight mass * Christollen - German Christ Cake - representing Jesus wrapped in his swaddling clothes * Pulla - a Finnish bread flavoured with saffron and cardamon * Challah - a traditional Jewish bread, similar in taste and texture to brioche, made for all festivals but in an elaborate plait for Christmas * Money Bread - from the USA - not strictly for Christmas but using the usual Christmas spice, brandy & fruit and good fun to make and eat * Spiced Christmas Bread - an English recipe although probably not really traditionally just for Christmas
Cup Cake Decorating Classes
Please contact us if you would like us
to organise a Cup Cake day for your group
OUR OAK FLOORED WORKSHOP IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
Apart from cycle support vehicles, we only have parking for those attending workshops who feel unable to walk from the village car park and ask all others to take the short walk (8 mins) around the Greystoke Castle Estate walls (approx 350 yds) to the Cycle Café @ Poplin Dub - a map is provided. Places may be held for a short period until full payment is made. We reserve the right to cancel a course in the event of unforeseen circumstances and then a full refund will be made. Please let us know if you need to cancel or ideally send a friend.
at other times for informal meeting/workshops etc Catering optional
Greystoke Cycle Cafe opens on: Fridays 12 - 6pm, Saturdays 10 - 6pm & the 2nd Sunday of the month 10 - 6pm between Easter & end September. We are a family run tea garden on the C2C cycle route and also welcome walkers if they are prepared to take the short walk from the village car park (350yds).
We serve hot and cold light lunches, using our own organics where possible, home made cakes, large mugs of tea & real coffee, have spacious cottage gardens ideal for families & enjoy lovely views out over the parkland to Greystoke Castle.
At other times, if we are in & available we will gladly serve weary cyclists & walkers with whatever we have - and will open for groups with notice.
Please note: filming is not permitted at any of our workshops