Cooking for One

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

This course is aimed at enthusiastic food lovers who wants to add some excitement to their solo suppers. It's ideal for those who want to learn the fundamental kitchen skills to create simple weekday dinners and prepare dishes which can be frozen or used for different meals. You will also learn how to make the best use of food staples and technique to make your cooking more cost-efficient & flavoursome.

Course Content

You will learn some knife skills, cookery techniques and basic hygiene and health and safety principles. You will leave the course with a wealth of new skills, tasty and accessible recipes and the inspiration to keep on cooking healthy and wholesome meals with confidence. The following recipes will be cooked but could be subject to change due to the availability of ingredients.

Week 1 - Flattened chicken with tomatoes, olives & capers & garlic potatoes

Week 2 - Mexican vegetarian enchiladas with handmade salsas
Week 3 - Thai green curry soup with prawns
Week 4 - Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal with fragrant rice
Week 5 - Slow-roasted tomato & gruyere tart with crispy salad
Week 6 - Spanish fish pie with a twist

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This course is aimed at absolute beginners. Basic cookery skills are beneficial but a love of cooking and preparing food is more important.

First Class Requirements

You do not have to bring anything to the first class. If you wish to make notes, you could bring a notepad and pen. You will be advised on what to bring to class at least a week before, for the duration of the course.

Attendance Requirements

To get the best from the course, a good attendance is recommended, so you do not miss any teaching.

Assessment Methods

The tutor will work where possible on a one to one basis to assess your cooking skills and give advice on how to improve. You will have an Individual learning plan to record your progress and the tutor will give you a feedback on your progress. You will be taught by clear demonstrations in the group and one to one teaching.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

You will need to purchase the ingredients for each session (except the first session) and bring an apron, tea towel and container/s (cake carrier) to take the food home. For some of the dishes you may need to bring appropriate pans or dishes in which to cook them, as advised by the tutor. You will need a pen for taking notes. There is a small charge for tastings and tea/coffee.