Flavours of the Middle East - Cookery Course

This course will give you an introduction to the flavoursome spices and diverse cookery techniques used in the Middle Eastern cuisine. You will quickly learn to make homemade flat bread, falafels, tasty dips and sauces, main meals, salads and desserts which will bring variety and new flavours to your cookery.

Course Content

You will learn some basic cooking skills and basic hygiene and health and safety principles. The following recipes will be made but could be subject to change due to the availability of ingredients:
WEEK 1: Handmade flatbreads with baba ganoush & smoky hummus
WEEK 2: Moroccan chickpeas & vegetables stew with couscous
WEEK 3: Greens falafels with spicy zhoug sauce
WEEK 4: Lebanese lamb flatbread & Fattoush salad
WEEK 5: Baked bream with harissa sauce & feta tabbouleh
WEEK 6: Mini baklava bites & Persian love cake

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 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

This course benefits from regular attendance to maximize the learning experience.

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.

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You will need to purchase the ingredients for each session (except the first session) and bring an apron, tea towel and container 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.
Please note that some of the cookery activities will require working in pairs, sharing equipment, setting up and clearing the work area and equipment independently.