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Impington Village College

General Interest Courses

GLUTEN FREE BAKING - SWEET TREATS

Monday 19 November for 1 week

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£10 / £8

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.  Please be aware that one of the products will involve the use of ground almonds.

Brief Description:

Want to wow your family and friends with some tasty new bakes?  Or have you been advised to cut out gluten or wheat from your diet?  This course will give you an introduction to gluten free baking and the alternatives you can use in your cooking. The course will focus on the use of polenta, ground almonds and rice flour which are great alternatives to gluten free flour.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make mini chocolate cakes with ganache and lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream.  The course will involve demonstrations of the recipes, and tips on how to work with gluten free alternatives.  You will be shown different ways to decorate your finished bakes.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about gluten free baking and the alternative products that can be used in your baking.
  • Learn how to make mini chocolate cakes with ganache and lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream.
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

19 November

HEALING & sELF HEALING

Thursday 8 November for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50

Brief Description:

Wellbeing Brings Temporary Benefits - Healing Brings Sustained Benefits!

We live in an age where anything that makes you feel good gets described as "Healing"! -  but healing is something very different from "Wellbeing" and also quite different from "Symptom Suppression" or "Symptom Management".

Most healing of bad experiences occurs quite spontaneously, because we have evolved to be efficient self-healing creatures - hence the old saying "time is a great healer!"  However, sometimes time does not bring healing – sometimes we are still telling, or internally holding, our 'trauma story' or 'victim story' years after it happened and each time the memory is triggered, or our story re-told, we re-traumatise ourself - and maybe our listeners too.  Over time, un-healed experiences can undermine our self-confidence, vitality, health and our general faith in 'life' and 'people' generally.

This course reveals the various ways in which natural healing can become blocked and presents tools and techniques by which we can clear these blocks and restore lost functionality to mind, body and spirit!

Week 1: How & Why We Choose to Stay Dysfunctional!

Week 2: When Healing Runs Aground! – How to Overcome Blocks & Resistance

Week 3: Motivation & Navigation Tools for Healing Journeys

Week 4: Ground Your Healing Journey into Daily Life & Relationships

Week 5: Identity Attachment & Soul-Loss Situations

About your Tutor:  www.stress-counselling.co.uk/ADMIN/mikemeredith.htm

Course Aims:

  • Get to know and practice 4 common types of healing journey - Unresolved Grief, Emotional Trauma, Spiritual Trauma & Entropy
  • Learn & practice the key essentials for a successful healing journey
  • Become familiar with common blocks to healing and how to overcome them

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

An open mind, curiosity, and willingness to explore new experiences.

You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to allow everyone safe participation in class sharings & discussions.

The course homework includes internet-based training so access to the internet and an email address will be needed between classes.

Notebook and pen

Mat or similar to lie on in the 'relax, attune & integrate' sessions.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

8, 15, 22, 29 November

6 December

 INDIAN COOKING

Wednesday 7 November for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50 / £40 concession

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

This course will give you an introduction to Indian cookery.  Learners will make amazing Indian meals using locally sourced ingredients. You will learn all about commonly used spices and their significance in dishes, as well as how best to use and store them.   You will learn how combining spices and herbs can produce great tasting food using simple everyday ingredients.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make:

Week 1: Aubergine & Potato Curry & Plain Rice

Week 2: Biryani & Raita

Week 3: Bombay Aloo & Spicy Indian Pancakes called Pudlas

Week 4: Cheat Samosas (using wraps) & Tomato Dip

Week 5: Saag Alu (Spinach & Potato Curry) & Spiral Parathas

There is flexibility in the weekly plan if learners are keen to cook a particular dish or have allergies.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices.
  • Learn how to use spices and how to store them
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients. Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets.  Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices and charge Learners per teaspoon used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

7, 14, 21, 28 November

5 December

 INDIAN COOKING

Wednesday 19 September for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50 / £40 concession

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

This course will give you an introduction to Indian cookery.  Learners will make amazing Indian meals using locally sourced ingredients. You will learn all about commonly used spices and their significance in dishes, as well as how best to use and store them.   You will learn how combining spices and herbs can produce great tasting food using simple everyday ingredients.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make:

Week 1: Tadka Dall & Saffron Rice

Week 2: Cauliflower Korma & Garlic Parathas

Week 3: Pakoras & Tomato Dip

Week 4: Mutter Paneer & Pilau Rice

Week 5: Mixed Vegetables & Chick Pea Jalfrezi & Puris (deep fried Indian bread)

There is flexibility in the weekly plan if learners are keen to cook a particular dish or have allergies.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices.
  • Learn how to use spices and how to store them
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.  Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets.  Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices and charge Learners per teaspoon used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

19, 26 September

3, 10, 17 October

1 November

 INNER PEACE - WITHOUT SPLITTING OFF!

Thursday 27 September for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50

Brief Description:

Resolve the Inner Warfare which Traps You in Mental & Emotional Turbulence!

We can glimpse Inner Peace for a short time by "Splitting-Off" (from our worries, troublesome emotions and self-doubts) into a world of distractions, hedonism, fantasies, daydreaming, illusions or self-deceptions, but we can't escape reality for long and will inevitably 'crash back to earth' in due course!

Fortunately, most of our stress, anger and misery is not actually due to what life brings our way – most of our discomfort and distress is actually due to how we internally respond to what is happening in our life.  This is why what is stressing us most right now may actually not be stressing to someone else – someone else may experience the same events, not as demands, pressures or  "this should not be happening!" but as exciting challenges, opportunities (to show what we are made of!) or 'learning and growth' opportunities.

How can we turn around the stressful or miserable aspects of our life so that we can respond with un-forced positivity rather than negatively, or via denial or escapism?

Week 1: Grounding, Centering & Emotional Clearing Techniques;

Week 2: Reflective Practice – Unwrapping the drama, relinquishing the 'trauma story'.

Week 3: Inner Splits – the real cause of your distress!

Week 4: Healing Inner Splits restores wholeness, resourcefulness & flow-living;

Week 5: Advanced Practices & Tools for Inner Peace

About your Tutor:  www.stress-counselling.co.uk/ADMIN/mikemeredith.htm

Course Aims:

  • To deepen understanding of the psychodynamics of insecurity, low mood, 'burnout' and mental distress
  • To provide an intelligent, supportive & nurturing environment for unwrapping & transforming the common human 'inner demons' of mental & emotional self-sabotage
  • To equip learners with hands-on experience of powerful tools for transforming states of 'peacelessness'

Extra Costs:

None.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An open mind, curiosity, and willingness to explore new experiences. 

You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to allow everyone safe participation in in class sharings & discussions

The course homework includes internet-based training so access to the internet and an email address will be needed between classes.

Notebook and pen

Mat or similar to lie on in the 'relax, attune & integrate' sessions.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

27 September

4, 11, 18 October (No class on 25 Oct due to Half Term break.)

1 November

 MEXICAN SAVOURY DELIGHTS

Monday 29 October for 1 week

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£10 / £8

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

Want to wow your family and friends with some tasty new dishes? This course will give you an introduction to Mexican cooking and the key ingredients used in traditional Mexican cuisine.

You will learn techniques and top tips in making chicken fajitas with homemade tortillas and a range of dips.  The course will involve demonstrations of the different elements and tips on how to produce a high quality finished dish

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about Mexican cuisine and commonly used ingredients.
  • Learn how to make chicken fajitas with homemade tortillas served with guacamole and chive sour cream
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

29 October

nutrition & health for everyday living

Tuesday 25 September for 4 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£40 / £32

Brief Description:

It can be confusing with the mixed messages in the media about what is good for us in terms of diet.  If you would like to understand more about nutrition and how to implement your knowledge to become healthier, then this course is for you.

During the 4 weeks, you’ll learn all the tools that you need to obtain a healthy and balanced diet.  Learn about meal planning and designing recipes for any budget and how to ensure you are getting all of the correct nutrients within your diet. The tutor will be talking about nutrition from a naturopathic perspective and how you can make small changes in your everyday life to limit toxins and gain the knowledge to make more informed decisions about what food you buy and eat.  She will also be talking about: ‘fad diets’ and dispelling myths surrounding certain foods; allergies and intolerances and finding alternative food sources; and fasting - is it actually good for us?

Course Aims:

  • Introduce macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) and the recommended daily requirements needed for a balanced diet
  • Understand which macronutrients are the healthiest and which ones to limit or avoid
  • Understand the need for micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and how to obtain these daily in our diets
  • Understand the importance of fibre in maintaining a healthy digestive system
  • Widen knowledge of everyday 'superfoods' to ensure you are getting the most nutrient dense foods within your diet
  • Explore allergies and intolerances and know how to find alternative food sources
  • Be able to design balanced, nutrient dense meal plans and recipes using the knowledge you have acquired to start your healthier living journey

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Notebook and pen

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

2, 9, 16 October

 sweet pastry - the basics

Monday 8 October for 1 week

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£10 / £8

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

Want to wow your family and friends with some tasty new bakes?  The course will give you an introduction to making sweet pastry. There will be demonstrations of the recipes and tps on how to produce and work successfully with sweet pastry.   

Come along and gain tips on rolling out, baking blind, and baking.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make lemon & lime tart and mini apple pastry cakes.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about the basics of sweet pastry and techniques involved in making and working with pastry.
  • Learn how to make lemon & lime tart and mini apple pastry cakes
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

8 October