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Eating fresh needn’t cost the earth with M value range

As with last week’s Vegetarian theme, there seems to be a bit of a theme running through this week’s cookery courses blog, too. Yesterday, we perused sending your dad back to school for a Father’s Day gift, and, lo and behold, parents in Coventry have already had a pop at it. Going back to school to learn to cook, that is, not sending your dad to Coventry.

As part of Morrisons M Saver Recipe Challenge program, where you get your recipe card and learn to cook from fresh ingredients from their value for money brand, parents of Coventry’s Park Hill Primary School were invited along to Tile Hill Wood School for not one but two feeding purposes.

First and foremost, the thirty parents who attended the special cookery course were ably abetted by the professional chefs who work with Morrisons to design and implement the range of meals and ingredients on offer as part of the scheme. With their whites on, the parents were given a reminder of the importance of getting as much nutrition from fresh ingredients into their children and, by opting for the M Saver range, it need not stretch the budget.

The other reasoning behind hosting the cookery class at the Tile Hill Wood venue is because the primary school from whence the parents came acts as the feeder school for the secondary school and language college, in turn, working in partnership with Coventry University. By opening up their kitchens, staff believed it was an unmissable opportunity to show the parents the facilities that will be availed to their offspring when the time comes to graduate up the educational ladder.

With professional and celebrity chefs getting more and more involved with what children eat whilst they’re at school, opportunities like this are essential to ensure that the work that goes on behind the scenes at education level are not wasted by the kids being fed an unhealthy diet once they get home.

By emphasising that cooking fresh needn’t cost the earth, in more ways than one, it is hoped that by ingraining the message into the parents, their children will pick up good habits to help bring down disease and obesity rife in the modernised world, today. If this is important to you, check out our cookery courses page and simply choose the class from our hand-picked selection of cookery schools that suits your needs best.

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Waitrose cookery courses using only the freshest ingredients

We all know the supermarkets renowned for their value ready-meals, such as Tesco or Asda or if you’re feeling flusher, for a little something extra special, Sainsburys or even Marks and Sparks, all of whom have pre-prepared meals to suit every mood. You can literally pick anything up, get home (pay for it first, AWT!) and bung it In the oven or microwave with very little effort or thought and, usually, in less than an hour, your meal is ready for you; however, there are other supermarkets gaining reputations for the food that actually goes into these prepared meals fresh, rather than the microwaveable end product.

The big-name supermarkets are all so well known that if you know your budget and your monthly menu you don’t even have to think twice about whizzing around their store or online to pick up your favourites and bung them in the freezer ready to be pinged. If, on the other hand, your are wanting to pick the ingredients yourself to attempt to learn to cook a meal you picked up from a recipe online or from watching a cookery show on television, then chefs in the know go to Waitrose. It is, if you believe their hype, the go-to supermarket for ingredients to cook from scratch; which is just as well as above their Finchley Road store in London, they run a cookery school in what can only be described as a vision of stainless sterility and a kitchen to absolutely die for, if that’s the sort of thing that floats your boat.

It would be little fun attending a cookery course if all of the ingredients had already been put together for you and all you had to do was decide which Smart Price or Value box you wanted to pick out of the freezer. Indeed, the four hour cookery classes that Waitrose host above the London store, hosted by chef James Campbell, covers three main courses, a veritable pleasant diversion from your usual two-and-a-half hour session learning to cook one of each starter, main and pud, as is the wont of many cookery courses out there at the minute, especially in the capital where time is money and rent and the busy professional wants to be able to knock up three courses in time to entertain the boss or clients straight from the orifice.

The cookery class itself takes on the classic format – demonstration first, then participation, then indulge in the resultant meal with an accompanying beverage, all set in a fun atmosphere with a bit of Wham or Duran Duran in the background to help proceedings along swiftly.

Waitrose do offer a variety of cookery courses, not solely this particular one, which was targeted at chefs of all capability; however, any chef above the basic-intermediate level may have this degree of skill under their belts already. Of course, the best, freshest ingredients are all supplied to make this class a little different from others out there, underlining the fact that Waitrose not only know how to source good quality food, but put it together to make a bally decent meal or three out of it, too.

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