Category / Fun in the kitchen

Countryside Cooking: Why You Must Visit All Hallows Cookery School

Lisa Osman runs All Hallows Cookery School and Bed & Breakfast in a small village about half an hour from Salisbury.  It’s OK if you’ve not heard of Wimborne St Giles.  I hadn’t either.   I’ll use any excuse to jump on a train and head out of London.  She’s also an approved AGA Cookery School and a perfectionist.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

She lives in this beautiful farmhouse, along with her husband Stuart and between them they keep with well-appointed rooms, and she teaches various classes.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

Lisa is an excellent cook and a chef by trade. She’s also a well-respected judge on the food circuit which is how I have come to know and love her.

All Hallows Cookery School

Her kitchen is light and bright and is an excellent space in which to learn.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

I was invited to take part in a one day course which involved a little pudding making and some floristry.

Pride and Pudding Author, Regula Ysewijn

She’d organised for the author of Pride and Pudding Regula Ysewijn or Miss Foodwise to come over from her home in Belgium to cook from her latest book.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

It takes a look at the History of British Puddings from boiled and steamed to milk puddings and jellies.  A collector of kitchenalia her eighteenth-century cutter and stamper seemed like a torture tool, but I can assure you while it looks easy to stencil and stamp, it’s a real art.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

We learned how to make a great puff pastry, using a Magimix.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

two great tarts

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

Regula Ysewijn

an early type of Churros and a bread pudding, but we ran out of time.

Churros, Pride and Pudding

Throughout the day we were fed and watered, very well.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

Lunch was a fantastic beef and onion stew with red cabbage and Dauphinoise Potatoes, the testament to Lisa’s excellent cooking skills on her racing green Aga.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School: Afternoon Session

In the afternoon we were shown how to make a Christmas wreath.

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

All Hallows Cookery School

The pace was just right, Lisa’s attention-to-detail exemplary and the small group meant that no one missed a thing.

You can stay at All Hallows, even if you don’t take a course.

All Hallows Cookery School, Wimborne St Giles, BH21 5NJ

Why Actress Sofía Vergara Loves Her Ninja Coffee Bar

The Ninja Coffee Bar is an all-in-one coffee-making wizard and the latest from Ninja Kitchen. From hot to cold, strong to weak, it even sets a timer to make sure your first cup of the day is ready for you when you wake.  If you’re a coffee snob, looking for the perfect brew, then you’ll probably continue spending £3.00 for a coffee every day.

Ninja Coffee Bar: Test Drive

I’ve test driven this machine.  It’s not pressurised like a barista-pulled coffee but the results are smooth and it’s saving me money.

Ninja Coffee Bar

With this machine, you’re in control of the coffee you make from strength to size.  Buttons control your choice of ground coffee using SmoothBrew Technology.  In the box, you’ll also find a double-walled mug and carafe. The travel mug button allows you to fill your cup as you shoot out the door to work. A carafe takes roughly 8 minutes to make while a cup around 4.

Ninja Coffee Bar

Each size and brew type produces a different amount of coffee, dependent on the chosen blend.

Ninja Coffee Bar

Ninja Coffee Bar: Options

Classic – a smooth, balanced flavour from your favourite coffee
Rich – a more intense richness that works well with milk and sweeteners
Over Ice – mild coffee, balanced to work with the addition of ice
Cafe Forte – rich aromatic for a long smooth coffee, black or white
Con Late Recipes – a potent brew that allows the inclusion of milk without spoiling the coffee flavour.

Ninja Coffee Bar

To help with frothed milk, the Ninja Microfrother is included and is designed to transform hot or cold milk into that thick creamed foam needed for cappuccino and latte drinks.

Ninja Coffee Bar

The lid has a spiral beater which allows the user to pump it up and down and in turn froth the hot, or cold milk.  A quick minute and a half in the microwave and you have a piping hot cappuccino or a milky latte.  I love that the mug function allows you to make yourself just one cup of coffee. I’ve not used instant for convenience since I got the machine.

Ninja Coffee Bar

Ninja Coffee Bar

Water is added to the large water reservoir, and the lid flips to allow easy pouring.

The Auto IQ function tells the machine how much water to dispense, and the 24-hour clock lets you set your coffee to brew automatically for when you want a full pot.

When the machine wants a deep clean, a button lights up; it’s time to give it a decent clean, this may come on more if you live in a hard water area like me.

You know that freshly stewed coffee taste? Well, this won’t happen with the Ninja because the warming plate automatically turns on after brewing a carafe and keeps the coffee warm without burning it.

Ninja Coffee Bar, Glass carafe

If you’ve got the room for this worktop brewer and love coffee, then this is hard to beat.

Ninja Coffee Bar is available with two different carafe options; glass, £169.99, and stainless steel, £179.99.