Let's talk about diet, as in what you can eat rather than what you can't! No fads, no gimmicks – just delicious, nutritious eating for life.
Here at River Cottage, we don’t do deprivation. And that’s why our healthy eating course is a celebration of real ingredients, clever cookery and balanced meals that are always as tasty as they are good for you. Join our gluten-free guru and nutrition expert Naomi Devlin for a day of hands-on lessons, discussions and, of course, plenty of gorgeous local and seasonal food.
During the cookery course you’ll rustle up breakfast, lunch, drinks and treats, learning as you go. From the truth about fat, sugar and superfoods to techniques that can boost the nutritional value of your food, Naomi will help you sort the fact from the fad. All set against the beautiful backdrop of River Cottage HQ, the day is sure to leave you feeling informed, inspired and enthused. And full.
09.30 - 17.00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30 and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.
Make yourself at home
Meet Naomi and settle in with a morning tea or coffee.
Start the day as you mean to go on, by rustling up a delicious breakfast. It might be bircher museli with shaved rhubarb, buckwheat pancakes, breakfast muffins or Turkish eggs, accompanied by a talk on blood sugar, grains, gluten and the importance of slow-release carbs.
Next up you’ll learn how to cook fluffy quinoa, buckwheat and other wholegrains for a filling salad. You’ll also learn about types of fat and make a jar of probiotic pickle to take home.
For lunch, you’ll put together a tasty plateful of fresh veg and wholegrains with shredded meat, fish, eggs or cheese, finished off with seasonal herbs and flowers.
Next Naomi will discuss superfoods and antioxidants, introducing you to nutrient-rich ingredients like seaweed, sesame and beetroot juice. You’ll try drinks such as probiotic ginger beer and beet kvass, and make flavour-packed hummus, pesto or Japanese sesame salt.
The big question: sugar, friend or foe? Next you’ll learn about refined sugar and natural sweeteners, and get hands-on making smart treats like grain-free ginger cookies, raw chocolate truffles or liquorice root cupcakes.
Your day will end with a Q&A session, for you to ask all those burning questions and soak up a little more of Naomi’s nutritional expertise.
There will be time to chat to your fellow cookery course scholars and the River Cottage team, before jumping on the tractor to take you back up the hill.
Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.
On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.
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This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.
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We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018