Banbury Cookery School Blog

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

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

Midcounties Co-op January 2, 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      

5 Star Rating November 4, 2013 13:09

English_Ratings5 We have again been awarded a 5 Star Rating by the Food Hygiene Inspectors. We are not surprised but its always nice to hear. Pudding Pie Cookery School, fun, informative and clean!

Wantage Autumn Fair October 14, 2013 11:40

This Sunday (20th October) we will be at Wantage Autumn Festival with our demo stand. There are various talks and demo's going on throughout the day, so why not pop along and see what there is on offer. The day starts at 12pm - 5pm Pudding Pie will also be running demo's on the day!

Banbury Canal Day September 30, 2013 11:16

Banbury Canal Day It's that time of year already! We always know when Christmas is approaching when we are at the Canal Day. This years fun starts at 10.30am - 5pm on Sunday 6th October. We will be handing out FREE recipe books to promote Love Food Hate Waste along with Cherwell Waste Partnership. Why not pop along and try some tasty samples!

Bracknell Food Festival July 6, 2013 18:53

We spent the day today cooking at the Bracknell Food Festival. Very hot but great fun, we did 3 different dishes with around 80 people! Looking forward to next year! You can view all the recipes here  

In Store Cookery February 26, 2013 16:14

  Another in-store Cookery event for the Co Op at their Franchey store. We were cooking with Fairtrade Chocolate and Coffee! The 200+ children that turned up for a school visit certainly enjoyed it! Pudding Pie Cookery School, bringing the classes to you    

Hugh's Fish Fight February 21, 2013 21:55

Hughes Fish Fight Campaign

Support more Marine protection!

We are proud to support the Fish Fight Campaign, to try and stop this unsustainable way of fishing. Add you voice here. Why not check out our Fish Cookery Classes Pudding Pie Cookery School, proudly supporting food campaigns.

Feeding the 500! January 4, 2013 18:39

feeding the 500 poster

Andrews Recipes June 25, 2012 09:47

At the weekend we did some cookery demo's with Andrew Kojima for BBC's Masterchef. Andrew had kindly put together the recipes for what he made for you to try at home. They were delicious .... You can view them here, enjoy!

Cooking Today June 23, 2012 18:20

[gallery columns="2"] Today we were cooking with Andrew Kojima from BBC's Masterchef at the Westmill Windfarm. It was also a good excuse to try out our new mobile kitchen set up !

Westmill Windfarm Event June 22, 2012 10:21


We will be cooking at The Westmill Windfarm tomorrow (Sat 23rd June) with Andrew Kojima, Masterchef 2012 Finalist.

Just look out for us in the main tent on the Pudding Pie Demo stand.

Food Hero's Award 2012/13 May 9, 2012 12:47

We need your nominations! If you like our Cookery School, teaching skills that last a lifetime, or our approach to healthy eating using quality local ingredients, or perhaps you are on our Forever Plan Healthy Eating Diet and want to help spread the word. If so, please nominate us for the Northamptonshire Local Food Hero's Award for 2012/13, you can download the  nomination form here. Thank you.

Co-Op Website August 18, 2011 09:20

We are now featured on the MidCounties Co-Op website. Here we have developed some healthy eating recipes for you to try. As we are now doing regular healthy eating workshops with them, more recipes will be added as they are available. Pudding Pie Cookery School, cooking up some treats!

What's in your daily bread? February 18, 2011 14:37

If you were not already convinced of the benefits of home-baked bread over the shop bought alternative, how about this fact. One of the 'Improving Agents' used in flour for commercial baked bread products is an additive known as E920, so what is it? The two main sources of E920 are: * Animal fat (often pork) * Human hair or animal feathers Home-made bread contains just 4 ingredients: Water Yeast Flour Salt Which would rather eat? Don't forget if you need some help with how to make delicious bread at home why not try one of our Dough Classes. Pudding Pie Cookery School, sharing the secrets of food ingredients.

FREE - Eating Sustainable Fish Guide January 14, 2011 11:23

Logo As we are supporting Hugh's Fish Fight, we want to help you all make informed decisions about where you source your fish. This includes knowing where it was caught and you can help by not buying if it's been caught in areas where over-fished! Click here for your free chart. Pudding Pie Cookery School, proud to support this campaign.

Support Hugh's Fish Fight January 13, 2011 12:57

Hughes Fish Fight Campaign

50% of all fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard DEAD!

We are proud to support the Fish Fight Campaign, to try and stop this ridiculous waste of food. Add you voice here. Pudding Pie Cookery School, proudly supporting food campaigns.

British not so bothered by food risks! November 17, 2010 14:44

handreachingforfridge A new European Food Survey shows that the British take a more measured approach to possible food safety risks than their European neighbours. The food survey, carried out by the European Food Safety Authority, asked about 27,000 consumers across the EU a range of questions relating to the possible risks associated with food. Respondents were asked how worried they were about certain perceived food risks such as pesticides, food poisoning, and hormones in meat. British respondents were less worried about all of these perceived risks than their European counterparts but were most concerned about the welfare of farmed animals and the quality and freshness of food. UK respondents were more worried about the economic crises negatively affecting their lives than concerned that the food they personally eat could possibly damage their health. Only 29% of UK respondents thought that food could possibly damage their health as opposed to 48% in the rest of the EU. UK consumers were also less likely to permanently change their eating habits after hearing that a type of food was unsafe following media stories (only 7% in the UK compared to 11% in Europe). Pudding Pie Cookery School, stirring up some thought.

New Floor - Recycled Bottles October 18, 2010 13:26

Logo We have just had a new Safety Floor put into our new premises. As well as meeting all the necessary safety and non slip guidelines, the floor is made from recycled plastic bottles, so we are doing everything we can to help the environment. We also plan to recycle all our waste where possible and compost our food leftovers. Pudding Pie Cookery School, helping the environment.

Great British Waste Menu August 26, 2010 10:26

Food Waste There was a very interesting programme on the TV last night. It aimed to highlight the amount of food waste in the UK. It followed 4 chefs, using nothing but waste food to create a delicious banquet menu. If you missed it you can watch again on the BBC iPlayer here. Pudding Pie Cookery School, keeping you updated with food news.

Do you really know what you are eating? August 19, 2010 15:00

PesticidesThe growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides. To try and help you make an informed choice, we have detailed the information below and included a chart detailing the most common foods affected, you can click on the image if you need to view a larger version.

What’s the Difference?

Research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen™ list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load. Will Washing and Peeling Help? The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible. Pudding Pie Cookery School, looking out for your health

Do you drink enough water? August 17, 2010 14:14

Drinking Water To stay healthy, you need to replace the fluids you lose. And don't forget, if the weather is hot or you are exercising, you will be losing even more water. How much water do we need? In climates such as the UK, we should drink approximately 1.2 litres (6 to 8 glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. In hotter climates the body needs more than this. We also get some fluid from the food we eat. Signs of dehydration One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty. If you think you might not be getting enough fluids, check if you are showing any of these other common signs of dehydration: * dark coloured urine and not passing much when you go to the toilet * headaches * confusion and irritability * lack of concentration Pudding Pie Cookery School, we care about your health.

Food Safety Advice July 28, 2010 09:48

Food Safety To help avoid food poisoning it's important to make sure the food you make for yourself and for other people is safe to eat. This section explains the basics of food hygiene. You'll find practical advice on how to keep food safe from harmful bacteria – including preparing and cooking food, keeping your kitchen clean. You can view and download various information here. Pudding Pie Cookery School, keeping you safe in the kitchen