Banbury Cookery School Blog

Good old Broccoli! July 15, 2010 08:56

Broccoli We've known for a while that broccoli has good anti-cancer properties. Now we know why. Scientists at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich have found that the magic chemical called sulforaphane counteracts a genetic fault that's involved in prostate cancer. The experiments, on human prostate tissue, found that this chemical dampened down activity in the cells that lacked the PTEN gene, reducing risk of cancer. Whilst this isn't as good as research done directly on people, it's a promising start. What's it good for? Broccoli helps protect against prostate cancer, lung, colon, breast and ovarian cancer. A study also showed that people who eat the most cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage and broccoli) have nearly a third lower risk of bladder cancer compared to those who eat the least. Eye Health, Broccoli contains lutein, helping to counteract cataracts and eye degeneration. Broccoli is also high in disease fighting vitamins A and C, plus fibre and folate (vital to prevent birth defects). It also has iron, zinc, bone-strengthening calcium and magnesium.

5 ways with broccoli

  • Add to stir-fries, with garlic ginger, honey, soy sauce, fresh coriander and lime. Cook in sunflower oil to best retain the nutrients.
  • Cut it up small and add it to pizzas.
  • Lightly steam and serve it with cheese sauce and a jacket potato.
  • Add to omelette's.
  • Cook with pasta, olive oil and pine nuts (our kids used to think they were cool eating it because they were trees)
So broccoli may look like just a vegetable, but it is in fact one of the most healthy ones you can eat, bearing in mind it's cheap to buy and easy to cook, are you eating enough? Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about your health.

Free Cookery Advice Service July 14, 2010 10:26

Cookery Advice Service If you have ever used the services of Pudding Pie Cookery School, are you aware that you have free use of our advice service? Whether you have a cookery question, a disaster you need help with or if you are simply looking for a recipe, we can help you. Just drop us an email ask for the information you need and we will help you out. You can also receive our free monthly newsletter and free recipe. Pudding Pie Cookery School, offering ongoing help in the kitchen.

Beak Trimming Ban - We need your help. July 2, 2010 09:31

Chicken Out Campaign

The UK ban on the beak-trimming of egg-laying hens is under threat. Please help us ensure that it is not abandoned. The welfare of millions of hens around the UK is at stake.

There are around 26 million hens in the UK’s laying flock. The majority of these will have had part of their beaks cut off shortly after hatching. This mutilation is a painful and unnecessary solution to feather-pecking. It was due to be banned on 1 January 2011, but the Government will soon make a decision on a possible postponement. To read more about the ban and to add your voice to the campaign, please visit the Chicken Out Campaign Website. Pudding Pie Cookery School - putting animal welfare first.

What's in your Bread? July 1, 2010 11:17

Bread I think we all appreciate the benefits of baking our own fresh bread. But there are major health benefits also attached to not buying the cheap packaged shop bread. With a growing culture of people reporting digestive problems which is in turn associated with eating wheat products, research has shown that it is not only the processes used in modern bulk baking that cause problems, but the other ingredients that are added just to keep shelf life and products looking fresher! The simplest breads are made from flour, water, yeast & salt. These breads are generally eaten the same day they are baked, they taste delicious and contain nothing harmful to your digestive system. Then we have traditional shop bought mass produced packaged breads. Amongst other things this can contain: Enzyme's (these can be animal based, they do not list this, so if your a vegetarian be aware), Emulsifiers, Dextrose, Dough Conditioners, Preservatives, Vegetable Oils, Bleaching Agents and more .... So what's the moral of this story, it is that home baked is best, but if you have an intolerance to wheat maybe it's just a case of looking at the type of bread you eat. Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about your health.

Will the Budget squeeze your finances? June 23, 2010 14:16

Martin Lewis Each month, the average family throws away £50 of good food that was bought but not eaten. “TV Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says “Throwing food away is the purest waste of money possible.  I’ve been banging on about how to beat it for years."

Saving money does not mean cutting down on the indulgence and fun, if anything, planning well, will leave us with a warm glow of self-congratulation. So what’s the secret?

There is no secret, it's just knowing what you can do with these leftovers, at Pudding Pie Cookery School we can teach you loads of tricks and techniques that will save you an average of £50 a month off your shopping bill.

Pudding Pie helping you save money.

A Gut Feeling! June 21, 2010 09:39


Wheat intolerance is a growing phenomenon, with more people experiencing discomfort or worse after eating bread or wheat products.

Some might disagree, but there is growing evidence that the problem isn't with the wheat itself, but with the way it's used.

The suppliers of all our Flours, Shipton Mill, have produced possible evidence of this, to read the findings please click here.

Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about the diet we eat.

New Leadership! May 12, 2010 13:31

Healthy Eating Whatever your views on the new Government, lets hope they do more to tackle the growing child obesity in the UK and find some funding for schools to start to educate children early about eating healthily! Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting healthy eating for children.

Dorchester-On-Thames Cookery Session March 22, 2010 09:42

carbon trust

We ran a very successful event in Dorchester-On-Thames for the Carbon Project at the weekend. In association with WRAP & Oxfordshire's Waste Partnership, we held an interactive lunch, teaching residents how to make the most from what is normally considered waste or leftover food.

We made delicious bubble & squeak cakes with a nice dip and some bacon & egg, followed by a banana and biscuit pudding and also some chocolate chip cookies. They all then sat down and enjoyed their creations whilst receiving some tips and free recipes from the Waste Partnership.

Altogether a good day, thanks to everyone involved.

Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting the reduction in food waste.

Flora Cooking With Schools March 10, 2010 11:07

Flora Equipment Campaign At Pudding Pie Cookery School, cooking with Schools has been a great success for us and we are proud to support Flora's 2010 campaign which will be their last year. Cooking with Schools is all about putting healthy eating at the heart of the classroom, showing children how to prepare and cook healthy food – and having fun in the process. Through this exciting initiative, Flora will provide thousands of pounds worth of cooking equipment to primary schools, equipping school staff to teach children the importance of eating well and maintaining a healthy heart. Check out their website for more details. Pudding Pie Cookery School, putting children's health first.

Jamie Oliver TED Prize February 15, 2010 16:19

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Obesity 'often set before age of two' February 15, 2010 14:14

Pudding Pie Cookery School A study of more than 100 obese children and teenagers found more than half were overweight by 24 months and 90% were overweight by the age of five. We run regular classes for children and we see a huge difference in the types of foods they eat. Some don't even recognise common vegetables in their raw form! If you need help in understanding healthy options or if you need to learn to cook from scratch we can help. Check out our Courses either in your own home or our Cookery School Kitchen. Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting the health of our children.

Healthy Eating at Horspath School February 8, 2010 15:54

Horspath School Today finds us at Horspath Primary School. Within their After School Club we are teaching the children how to put together healthy lunchboxes. They will learn to make pot noodles, fruit kebabs and loads of other nice goodies, all with no additives, preservatives, colours or sweeteners. If you are a School wanting to help your children eat more healthy food, check out our services here. Pudding Pie Cookery School, teaching children to eat healthily.

Why we need to know what our kids eat! February 4, 2010 15:11

What not to eat! MORE Oxfordshire children are obese, according to new figures. The Government’s child weight measurement scheme shows there has been a reduction in the number of underweight children and an increase in both overweight and obese children aged four to 11 in the county. Every year, children in reception year, aged from four, and year six, aged from 10, are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Their results are then calculated individually to work out their Body Mass Index (BMI), to see what their body fat percentage is. The results are analysed to see if they fall within a “healthy range” and are sent in a report to parents along with additional healthy eating and lifestyle information. When the weight measurement scheme started in 2006, 12.2 per cent of reception pupils were classed as overweight and eight per cent were classed as obese. The figures for 2009 show the percentage of overweight four- to five-year-olds has risen to 14.6 per cent. The number of those who are classed as obese has increased to 8.7 per cent. This is why we feel it's massively important that both children and parents understand what they are eating. We run regular Healthy Eating Workshops around the county or here in our Cookery School Kitchen. Pudding Pie Cookery School, trying to change the trend.

Whats in your child food? January 29, 2010 13:18

Following the recent BBC Panorama programme, do you actually know what's in your child's food? Test yourself with the video quiz below .... Pudding Pie Cookery School Promoting healthy eating.

Chicken Out Campaign January 14, 2010 15:19

Chicken Out Campaign We hope you enjoyed the festivities and are ready to join us in another year of passionate campaigning for chickens. Read the latest from Hugh and the team here.

Do you really know where your Chicken comes from? November 13, 2009 10:37

Chicken Out Campaign For those that want to know where their food comes from. Click below to see where and how the majority of cheap supermarket chicken actually gets treated. (Contains disturbing Images) Check out the truth here

One to think about! November 4, 2009 10:59

Jamie Oliver

Are you eating your 5 a day? October 15, 2009 12:30

Pudding Pie 5 a Day Fruit and vegetables help set you up for a healthier lifestyle. Best of all, there is so much variety to choose from, all year long, there's enough to keep even the fussiest eaters happy. To get the best health benefits, your 5 A DAY portions should include a combination of a variety of fruit and vegetables. That's 5 portions altogether, not 5 portions of fruit and 5 portions of veg. Get some more tips here Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting healthy eating.

World Food Day October 15, 2009 12:19

World Food Day 2009 The 16th October is World Food Day. With an estimated increase of 105 million hungry people in 2009, there are now 1.02 billion malnourished people in the world, meaning that almost one sixth of all humanity is suffering from hunger. If you would like to add your voice to the campaign, please visit their website here. Pudding Pie Cookery School, campaigning for a fair world!

Healthy choices for kids! October 7, 2009 17:02

We continue our drive to help children to learn the skills to make healthy choices in food. We strongly believe that teaching children and even parents during school years, has a huge impact on their later life-style and eating habits. Jamie Oliver

Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting healthy eating.

Latest from Chicken Out Campaign September 30, 2009 14:22

untitled-1 The Chicken Out Campaign are trying to raise £100,000 to continue their campaign to give all Chickens a good and free range life. If you feel like adding your voice, please visit their site here.

Change 4 Life September 10, 2009 16:41

C4L_master logoHelping families eat well, move more, and live longer happier lives, join Change4Life today! Making a Change4Life doesn't need to be difficult. With a little help, it can be really rewarding and fun! Here are some suggestions for small, easy steps you can make to help put you and your family happily on your way.

Day 30 Chicken Out Campaign September 9, 2009 10:47

chicken_guide_2As Chicken Out! gains momentum and the end of the 39 Days campaign approaches, Hugh has recorded a personal message to Chicken Out! supporters. Watch his video message to you here If you have not signed up to support the campaign yet, why not spare a few minutes to show your support. Thanks!

Update on Chicken Out Campaign August 25, 2009 13:37

untitled-14As part of our ongoing support for the 'Chicken Out Campaign' please visit the website for all the latest news and to add your voice to the campaign.