Banbury Cookery School Blog

Stuck for gift ideas? Give the gift of cooking! December 17, 2014 13:54

We've got cookery classes for all ages and abilities, so if you're looking for something special yet affordable, then this could be the perfect gift!

It's nearly Christmas! December 15, 2014 09:22

Cookery School Vouchers If anyone is still looking for a unique gift for Christmas, our Cookery School Vouchers are an ideal solution. They can be used for any of our services from Parties to Classes! All voucher come with:
  • 6 months expiry from the 31st December
  • UK postage included
  • Personal message if required
Treat a loved one or friend this year with something different. Pudding Pie Cookery School, making cookery fun.

Cookery parties and classes - the perfect Christmas gift! November 23, 2014 10:18

Looking for the perfect gift for the cook in your life or the "could be" cook? Look no further!

Curry Naan Bread July 23, 2014 09:04

A great time at Tandem Festival June 24, 2014 10:44

A huge thanks to all that made us so welcome at the Tandem Festival near Oxford at the weekend. If you came along and did some cooking with us we hope you enjoyed the food you made, hope to see you all next time. IMG_1072 IMG_1073 IMG_1074 IMG_1075

Tandem Festival June 18, 2014 16:40

On Saturday we will be at the Tandem Festival, Hill End in Oxford. We will be running intercative cookery workshops based on Sustainability and 'Love Food hate Waste' If you fancy doing a bit of cooking with us why not pop along and have some fun? For more info on the day click here.

Eat Well, Waste Less! June 17, 2014 09:38

  Did you know in the UK we pay for but do not eat a whopping £10.2 billion of food a year? (This works out at costing the average UK family almost £60 a month!) To raise awareness of the growing issue of food waste and how we can help the environment, we have created a handy infographic to help you start changing your household for the better and save money. You’ll find out how much food is wasted daily in the UK and how much that wasted food costs you. The graphic also gives you some top tips on how to reduce your waste including recycling, storing food properly and learning what the ‘best before’ dates really mean. You’ll be surprised how much food is actually wasted and how much you can save by just understanding dates and storage instructions properly. Take a look at our Eat Well Waste Less infographic below to make a real difference to your kitchen, your wallet and the environment. More info can also be found here

Kids School Holiday Classes June 11, 2014 10:00

Kids Courses We still have just posted the next set of Kids School Holiday Classes: To book your place click here These classes fill quickly so why not book up now to avoid dissapointment.

Fish Soup June 06, 2014 16:51

  Some images of the delicious Fish Soup that was cooked for me on a recent trip to Italy  

Banbury Food Fair 2014 May 23, 2014 14:44

  We are pleased to announce two fabulous Chefs who will be gracing the Pudding Pie Cookery marquee with their superb culinary skills. Brian Turner, one of TV’s best known chefs, will be the celebrity guest at this year’s Banbury Food Fair. Also appearing on the day will be Kimberley Wilson – a finalist in the fourth series of BBC2's The Great British Bake Off – who will demonstrate the cooking skills that saw her become runner-up in the popular TV contest. Mr Turner took part in the first ever Ready Steady Cook programme and did more than 14 years on the very successful show. He has also made regular appearances on This Morning, Saturday Kitchen, Daily Cooks Challenge, and many others. In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours list he was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry. Kimberley’s TV appearances have gained her a reputation as a skilled cook with a cool head and a talent for flavours in food. She began cooking at the age of nine, preparing meals for her family and has developed a varied menu influenced by foods discovered on her travels and from her Caribbean heritage. Kimberley has a passion for bold flavours and unusual flavour combinations – and she loves to prepare food that makes people smile.

Looking for a Fathers Day gift? May 22, 2014 15:32

Fathers Day

Piadina May 13, 2014 08:59

A delicious and quick to make Italian snack. Makes 6


  • 500g tipo 00 flour
  • 10g salt
  • 150g lard or vegetable shortening at room temperature
  • 200ml water
  • 2g bicarbonate of soda
  • Taleggio, squacquerone, stracchino, mozzarella, spinach, rocket, parma ham, salami or anything else you like.


- Preheat the oven to the highest setting. - Line some baking trays with some greased greaseproof paper. - Sift the flour, salt together and add the lard and water to the dough, mix together until you have a soft pliable dough, you may need a little more flour so that the mixture can be rolled out. - Leave to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge. - Prepare the fillings for the Piadina - Turn out the rested dough onto a floured surface and divide into 6, then roll out into circles no more than 1/2cm thick. - Put them on the oven tray and place in the oven for about 3-6 minutes or until lightly browned. You can also pan fry them in about 2-3 minutes each side. - When done spread the fillings over half and fold the other half on top. - Serve and enjoy.

New Adult Class Dates 2014 April 28, 2014 15:12

We have just added lots more dates, right up to October. There's a new 'Inspiring Vegetarian' class to enjoy as well. Check out all the dates we have available here. Class start from just £80 and make a lovely gift for a friend or loved one. Pudding Pie Cookery School

Bread Making Class April 04, 2014 09:05

Baking Class April 04, 2014 09:03

Another Fab Day .... April 01, 2014 14:38

It started early with a private one to one class in Bedford Coming back in time to let my dogs have a nice walk and then on to a children's birthday party. Great group of girls and fun was had by all.

BBC Radio Oxford Kids Cookery March 21, 2014 16:41

  Some of the kids food we made last time we were at BBC Radio Oxford. We will be back on air this Sunday 1 till 2pm with a focus on cooking for Mothers Day. 1011595_668337976541960_1853626614_n 1966795_668338649875226_1626486667_n

Baking on BBC Radio Oxford March 21, 2014 09:59

BBC Oxford Radio Tune into BBC Oxford on Sunday from 1 till 2 for the Garden Cafe show. I'm going to be on it again to cook a dish that can be cooked on Mother's Day so she doesn't have to. We hope you enjoy listening.

Telur Belado March 11, 2014 13:43

A delicious, easy to prepare Indonesian dish. serves 4-8


  • 8 eggs
  • 3 tbsp chilli paste (or to taste)
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp belacan (dried shrimp paste)
  • 1 tbsp peanuts, coarsely ground
  • 450ml coconut milk
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Peanut oil or vegetable oil for frying
  • Sprigs of parsley for garnishing


Boil eggs until hard (about 7 minutes). Heat oil in a wok, when the oil is hot carefully lower the hard boiled eggs and fry turning frequently to brown evenly on all sides and to form a light crust. Remove eggs with slotted spoon and drain on some paper. Add the onions to the wok and fry until translucent, then add the garlic, belacan, peanuts and chilli paste, stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk, water, lemon juice, sugar, bay leaves and eggs and season with salt. Bring to the boil slowly then immediately reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the sauce reduces and thickens. Top with the parsley leaves and serve with steamed rice.  

Cookery with the Co-Op March 11, 2014 11:00

Cooking mini pancakes with the MidCounties Co-Operative in store. We had great fun dishing out tasters throughout the day to shoppers, using Fairtrade ingredients! Pudding Pie Cookery School

Some lovely feedback! March 06, 2014 14:47

images Dear Ila, I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful afternoon. We both really enjoyed meeting you and doing the course. I will email a few pictures to you. please stay in touch, it was great to meet you and we still still cannot believe the Barbados connection. All the best and many thanks again, Tami Pudding Pie Cookery School, always cooking up some fun

Update March 06, 2014 14:43

It's been a little while since I've posted on here, it's been a very busy beginning to the year.

We have been working in the Co-op, running many birthday parties and we are just about to go into the Hen & Stag do lots more fun to be had.

I'm personally really looking forward to it. I'm very fortunate that I absolutely love my job and I wouldn't change it for anything.

Mothers Day Gift Idea March 06, 2014 09:55

With Mothers Day fast approaching (30th March) you may be thinking of what to give this year! Our Cookery School Vouchers make a lovely gift and can be used for any of our services, from a bespoke cookery class to a private dinner party. Give something a little different this year! Vouchers are available from £50 and are a perfect Mothers Day gift.

Midcounties Co-op January 02, 2014 14:31

Co-Op Day

Instore Cookery dates with Midcounties Co-operative:

9th January - The Marshes 10th January - Stourport 24th January - Shropshire 24th February - Cinderford 28th February - Sedgley 4th March - Kidlington 7th March - Bicton Heath We will be running cookery demo's (based on Fairtrade products) and handing out some delicious samples for you to try. So if you fancy picking up some FREE recipes and trying some tasty food, we hope to see you in a store soon! Pudding Pie Cookery School working in partnership with The Midcounties Co-operative