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Cookery Class

Group Leader – Linda Wyatt (07762177413)

On Line via Zoom & occasional meetings by agreement

Monday 10.00 - 11.30

This programme enables like minded people, who have a passion for food, to join together to consider its preparation, cooking, presentation and more. I talk about equipment to use and I am willing to answer questions/queries by e mail outside of class as well.

The classes consist of men and women with some beginners and some who have been cooking a while but enjoy the recap. We discuss themes that are required and take suggestions from each other. I then put a programme together for each session. This year we are looking at one recipe a session. Taking one ingredient/product/ingredient which we explore to understand how to use in a range of different recipes, eg. Citrus and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake where we looked at olive oil, the principals of using in cooking. We are also going to share recipes we use using the chosen product so we can extend our recipe files. 

We learn or recap certain techniques/methods such as Sauces, Choux Pastry, Chinese Cookery and so on. We also look at types of diets such as vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free.

Annual celebrations such as Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, hot comfort foods in the winter and light foods for summer also add to the variation of programmes.

Don’t be afraid of the fact we are on line. It works really well and was extremely useful when we were all self isolating as we were able to continue throughout. It is easier now because we are able to meet and help each other with the computer usage but we all managed.


I am still looking to be more adventurous in the delivery of programmes by holding competitions such as decorated cakes or hold a Verwood  'Bake Off'. 


We are a friendly group and when things go wrong for me we have a laugh and I show you how to rectify where possible. Come and join us and have some fun!




I have lived in the West Moors/Verwood areas for the past 40 years.
From a very early age I had a passion for cooking and making delicious dishes. This grew throughout my childhood and led to my becoming what was called a Domestic Science teacher all those years ago. As well as teaching young people, I led an Adult Education programme called Men in the Kitchen for several years. I love to entertain and devise menus of all sorts.
Since retiring nearly five years ago I volunteer my services as a Cookery Judge at Horticultural Shows in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. It is really interesting going around different parts of our local area and meeting like minded people. Which leads us to the U3A programme, 'And in the Kitchen'.

I enjoy sharing my skills and knowledge of food but also learning from others as well. No one person excels in what they are good at all the time. Accidents and disasters happen and how we deal with them says much about who we are. So don't be shy, come and join me. I look forward to meeting the 'Foodies' in Verwood for some enjoyable demonstrations and discussions.