delicious [christmas] gifts
you can make in minutes
You know how there are some people who have a knack for always choosing the perfect gifts? Who always surprise you with their thoughtfulness and generosity.
Well, I’m not one of those people.
But over the years I’ve developed a fail-safe system for choosing gifts for my family & friends. And it couldn’t be simpler.
I do one of the following things:
1. The gift of experiences
This includes things like tickets to a concerts or a show, vouchers for meals in restaurants, or offering to cook dinner for the recipient and their friends.
2. The gift of consumables
Mostly this tends to be wine related. Champagne is always a winner, or a good bottle of red. It helps to know the favourite tipple of your recipient.
3. The gift of something home made
It could be a favourite cake or pie. But more often than not it’s something with a longer shelf life like preserved lemons, my homemade BBQ sauce, custom spice blends or infused oils. This year I’m planning on including little recipe cards with each gift to give ideas how to use each item.
The thing is, home made gifts are really personal and it’s so much fun!
So if you’d like to learn a heap of brilliant gift ideas you can make in minutes (or sometimes a little longer), then I hope you’ll join us for the Made With Love class which goes live from the 3rd December.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley from the US
The recipes are quick, easy and always tasty. The best part is the “magic” of how just 5 ingredients (give or take) are used to create a really flavorful, seemingly complicated dish. I also appreciate how the classes are organized and presented in weekly installments.
you will learn
you will learn:
- How to make delicious edible gifts in minutes.
- Over 10 gift ideas including:
- -Preserved Lemons
- -Chilli jam.
- -BBQ sauce.
- -BBQ spice rubs.
- -The ultimate Hot Chocolate Blend.
- -No bake Christmas brownies.
- + many more!
- Each recipe will come with printable labels AND printable recipe cards with suggestions for how to use each gift.
J from the US.
I would, and have, recommended The Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School to others. Yours is the first site I’ve found that does “simple and healthy” food that really IS quick and fantastically tasty. And, finally, as an U.S. member, I love to experience the culinary perspective of another country!
benefits of learning online:
- You only pay a fraction of the price of a face to face class.
- Learn from the comfort of homewith your own ingredients & equipment.
- Saveon transport / parking / babysitting hassles.
- Learn in your own time and pace.
- Share your learning experiencewith your partner / family.
- Meet people from all around the world in our discussion group.
- Recipes are customisedfor your dietary requirements / preferences.
- No getting lumped in to cook with a group of strangers.
- Learn from anywhere – even if you need to travel.
how the class works
- The class is designed to be completed in your own time.
- All the material is pre-recorded and uploaded to the password protected site.
- There are 10+ recipes.
- All recipes include a short instructional video, detailed problem solving guide and variations to suit different dietary requirements.
- Suggestions for substitutions / additions for your dietary requirements are included for each recipe.
Nathalie from Europe
What I like most is how Jules tries to make the recipes easy to understand for everybody and the beautiful pictures which make your mouth water. Also it’s nice to be able to take in the lessons at whichever rhythm you’re comfortable with, be it quicker of slower.
Q. What’s the difference between the different payment options?
A. You can pay a one time fee and get access to the school for either 2months, 12 months or 5 years. If you choose 12 month or longer options you will get a FREE downloadable video ebook for each class.
Q. What’s included in the price?
A. You get access to ALL classes at the Stonesoup Virtual Cookery school including 5 Habits of Healthy Cooks, Reclaim Your Waistline, Solve Your Dinner Dilemma [Fresh Ideas], 15 Minute Meals, Twenty Minute Curries, and Simple Breadmaking at Home. You also get access to the Virtual Cookery School recipe index and online recipe scrapbook. There’s also the online class discussion forum.
Lieve from Europe.
I like Jules no nonsense style … She doesn’t use fancy equipment and she uses a lot of veggies … It is easy and tastes fantastic! I can do the classes whenever I want… Right now I lie in my bed… It is 01:35 … My husband is snorring…
Q. How exactly does a virtual cookery class work?
A. The course material is uploaded to the password protected website. The material includes a detailed video and written transcript discussing the topic. It also includes written recipes each with a short instructional video. Each recipe also has a written, detailed problem solving guide and potential substitutions for different dietary requirements and for fun.
You can review the course material in your own time. It will be up to you how many and which of these recipes you choose to prepare. It will also be up to you whether you complete the homework assignment or not. There is a private discussion group where you can ask questions, interact with the other students, if you wish.
Sara from the US.
So many healthy variations given free me from despair of what to cook for supper. Biggest benefits: Saving people from unhealthy, over fatty foods and the tyranny of cookbooks.
Q. Will I be able to ask questions?
A. Absolutely! You can ask questions on the the discussion group, which is also a place to interact and get to know the other students.There is also the opportunity to email Jules directly.
Q. Will I need to have a computer in my kitchen?
A. Definitely not, unless that’s what you’d like. It’s up to you whether you choose to print your recipes or download them onto your iphone or ipad or just find a safe space for your computer in the corner.
Q. Can I learn in my own time?
A. Of course. That’s one of the beautiful things about learning online.
Q. Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
A. Absolutely. Given the growing incidence of allergies, it’s important to be able to adapt recipes. My Dad is allergic to dairy, wheat and eggs so I have a bit of experience in the area. I also really respect the choices of vegetarians and vegans, and spent a month last year eating vegetarian.
Each recipe contains at least 4 alternatives to suit different dietary requirements and sometime just for fun!
Jana from Australia
I love the extra bits that come with the recipes such as how to adapt recipes to carnivore or vegetarian etc, other ingredients that work well (improving my basic & recipe creation skills) and as someone cooking for myself how long things will keep and if they freeze well is really important to know for me and I’m not always sure..
Q. Who is the course designed for?
A. Anyone interested in creating their own edible gifts for Christmas or for other times during the year.
Q. How long is the class?
A. There is 1 module which are designed to be completed over a 1-2 week period, although you are free to take more or less time as you like.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. The most important thing is a willingness to learn. Most people learn best by doing, so access to a basic kitchen would be a benefit.
Alison from the US
I love the minimal ingredients. Too often cookery books and TV shows depend on using “fancy” ingredients to impress. I love Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School for the simplicity and taste. It surely doesn’t hurt that Jules is a good teacher too!