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BBC Good Food: Essential skills for home cooks

Taught by Cassie Best

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Course Description

BBC Good Food

Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned chef, Cassie Best’s Essential Skills for Home Cooks course is a must. From knife handling to marinades, and from madeleines to macarons, this course will give you a huge array of skills.

Beginning with how to use knives safely and efficiently, lesson one of this course will guide through a range of knife skills, leaving you capable of sharpening your knives ready to use them to make julienne and baton cuts.

Once you’ve mastered your knife skills, you’ll apply them in lesson two, when you learn how to skin and fillet fish. Cassie will advise on buying sustainably sourced fish, pointing you towards several useful websites, and then making sure that you can prepare it in multiple ways, including poaching and barbequing whole fish.

You will then move into the world of herbs and spices, being shown how to make your own curry pastes and which herbs contribute best to certain flours and textures.

Cassie also shares her expert evaluation of the best baking tools for when you fancy making something sweet. This four-week course will ensure you’re at the top of your cooking game.

Course outline

  • Knife skills

    Handling a knife correctly and efficiently is a game changer for home cooks. Maintain the sharpness of your knife with a steel or sharpener to make chopping and cutting safer, faster and more efficient. Learn to cut evenly sized pieces of food in order to cook them at the same pace and stop the first stages of many recipes burning. Learn to form a claw with your other hand so you can slice and cut efficiently without cutting yourself. Make batons and julienne and then turn them into cubes, dice, brunoise, slicing, roll cutting, chiffonade and julienne. Prepare garlic without a crusher and learns some tips for prepping ginger.
  • Cooking fish and seafood at home

    Buying fish, what to look for, questions to ask the fishmonger, what to look for in a supermarket. Checks for sustainability and useful websites. Storing fish at home. Explore different steps for prepping both round and flat fish from scaling and skinning to filleting. Cleaning whole squid, peeling and cleaning prawns and learn to check whether mussels are alive. Different ways to cook fish. How to poach and barbecue whole fish, cooking fillets, steaks and small pieces of fish. How oily and white fish differ and why they should be treated differently when cooked.
  • Make great curries and dahls

    Master the art of making a balanced spice mix. Use your nose to evaluate the freshness of spices and tell when they are toasted. Grinding and keeping spices, how much you should make at a time and the best tools for the job. Making a curry paste, useful cheats to buy and tips for prepping ingredients. Marinating and marinades and the effects of different ingredients. Making a tarka to flavour a dahl and learn when to add spices at the end of a dish. Adding herbs for flavour and texture.
  • Up your baking game

    Learn to make choux pastry and eclairs, bake gooey-in-the-middle cookies and master macarons and madeleines. Make these tea time favourites and learn to make different flavours and present them in both classic and modern ways. Cassie evaluates gadgets for baking and takes you through the equipment you’ll need, plus how to test the temperature of your oven.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Cassie Best

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Cassie Best
    • Certificate of completion from Cassie Best
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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How it works

About Cassie Best

Cassie Best began her culinary career by training at Leiths School of Food and Wine. It was here that her evident talent won her a place on an internship scheme with BBC Good Food, Britain’s biggest and most-trusted food media brand. Cassie quickly developed her recipe writing and cookery skills and was promoted to Senior Food Editor in 2015, where she creates recipes and cooking guides for BBC Good Food’s best-selling monthly food magazine and award-winning website Baking is Cassie’s main passion, but her knowledge of food and culinary techniques extends far beyond that. She has devised a wide array of recipes, from toasties to steak and blue cheese pie, and from smoothies to lamb and quinoa burgers. A regular presenter at BBC Good Food Show live events, Cassie loves to inspire people with easy meal ideas and cooking tips and techniques as well as to advise on the best equipment for culinary tasks (as shown by her reviews of the best cake-decorating gadgets). Working with Learning with Experts, Cassie brings her helpful tricks-of-the-trade to even more aspiring chefs and casual cooks.

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    BBC Good Food

    BBC Good Food is the UK’s number one food media brand. It comprises the best-selling food magazine, award-winning which attracts 25 million monthly visitors and the ever-popular BBC Good Food Show live events. In our unique course collection from this trusted source you will study under BBC Good Food’s Senior Food Editors, Cassie Best and Barney Desmazery, gleaning from them all the skills you need to cook with confidence.

    Cassie Best has been Good Food’s Senior Food Editor since 2015 and her approachable style and expertise will help you master a vast array of culinary skills. She will take you through everything from knife skills to baking, and by the end of her course you will have a greater depth of food knowledge and have mastered new cooking techniques.

    When you’ve tackled all these concepts, you’ll be ready to specialise through an in-depth look at sourdough bread. Barney Desmazery has worked alongside leading celebrity chefs for BBC Good Food and he’s excited to bring you this much-anticipated course. By the end of this part of the collection you’ll be left able to make and flavour your own sourdough, presenting it in a variety of different forms, from pizza bases to pancakes, and from boules to batards.

    Whether you are new to cooking or you’ve spent years in the kitchen, everyone has something to learn from this excellent cookery course collection from BBC Good Food.

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