We know families in Jersey simply need the support of our Weekly Meal Service, but for some families, simply learning new cooking skills and getting back in to the kitchen will help them change the way they eat.

If we go back 20 or 30 years, Home Economics was a pivotal part of the curriculum, with a full afternoon, once a week dedicated to cooking, but that isn’t the case now.  With that change came a whole generation of people, who through no fault of their own, haven’t learnt to cook, and we want to support parents in learning those skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

Here are some questions you might be thinking about, before you enrol on a course –

What is the course about?

This 5 week course will help you to plan and prepare economical and nutritious home-cooked meals from scratch and cover some basic skills in cookery, along with food hygiene and menu planning.

Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?

No, but booking is required and we will ask you to complete a short anonymous survey, before the course starts and once you have completed the course, which will enable us to monitor the success of the courses.

What level is the course and do I require particular skills or experience?

For anyone who wants to learn to cook and improve their confidence in the kitchen.  Please note this is a basic skills course and wouldn’t be suitable for people who are already competent cooks.

Is there any equipment I need to get?

You will need to bring an apron and a container to take the food home in (apart from the first week) and a bucket load of enthusiasm!  At the end of the course, we will ask you for feedback to see where we can make improvements or include other content that is relevant.

By the end of the course what should I be able to do?

By the end of the course you will be able to prepare some tasty, healthy meals for you and your family.

What sort of dishes will we prepare?

Lots of different things such as home made tomato sauce, pizza, chicken pie, chicken curry, apple crumble and cottage pie.  Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian as we will substitute the meat for vegetables, just let us know.  Sadly we cannot always guarantee we can support gluten or dairy free diets, but we will try our best.

When and where are the classes?

The classes run from 7pm – 9pm on a Monday and Wednesday evening, for 5 weeks, from Le Rocquier School, St Clements.  All courses are term time only.

What dates do the classes run throughout 2016?

We run a class where possible, each half term which allows us the 5 weeks needed.  We may cancel a course if there aren’t enough places filled. Get in touch with us to find out the date of the next course.