Gill Meller

Outdoor cookery

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Course Description

The perfect course to introduce you to the world of outdoor cooking, Gill Meller of River Cottage will take you through a rich array of cooking methods and recipes to turn you into an accomplished outdoor chef. By the end of the course you’ll feel confident cooking a range of foods – including fish, birds, and pigs – using varied outdoor apparatus.

You’ll begin by gaining an understanding of the principles of laying and fuelling a fire, developing knowledge of three essential pieces of cooking apparatus and how to use them effectively in your outdoor cooking. In the third lesson you’ll even perfect the art of cooking on just the embers of the fire as your tutor takes you through three wonderful recipes that can be cooked on the smoldering remains of a fire.

Once you’ve mastered fire itself, you’ll apply it in a variety of ways. First you’ll explore the possibilities for fish, learning first to ensure its sustainability and then how to perfectly prepare it outdoors. Then in the final lesson you’ll take a look at how to roast larger animals – birds and pigs, among others. It’s here that you’ll discover the joys of spit roasting on natural fuels, making the preparation of your food a real spectacle, perfect for an outdoor event.

Course outline

  • Relight my fire

    This lesson will begin with lighting and fuelling a fire, including which fuels produce the appropriate amount of heat for the task at hand. You will then be introduced to three different pieces of cooking apparatus, with a simple recipe that you can create for yourself being demonstrated on each piece. Finally you will learn how to build the relevant apparatus for yourself.
  • Fish and shellfish

    3 finished dishes using the best ingredients from the coast and land. Master the art of cooking the best sustainable fish and shellfish available in the UK in your hand made outdoor kitchen.
  • Baking in the embers

    Demonstrating the art of cooking with just the embers. Three complete recipes using just the embers of fire.
  • Spit roasting

    Discover different methods of cooking whole carcass animals and birds. In this lesson you will become confident with roasting an array of animals, up to even the size of a pig.

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    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Gill Meller

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Gill Meller
    • Certificate of completion from Gill Meller
    • 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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Learn better together

  • Online classroom

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson
  • Personal tuition

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors
  • Share

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

Meet Gill Meller

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    Learn from the master chefs at River Cottage with this comprehensive cookery collection. By the end of this omnibus you’ll be inspired to cook more and to do so as ethically and sustainably as possible.

    River Cottage, and founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, pride themselves on creating delicious food without costing you or the earth. In this collection you’ll learn to do just that and wind up a more accomplished and knowledgeable chef.

    You’ll discover the possibilities for cooking fish and shellfish (and guaranteeing you’re doing so sustainably) thanks to Gelf Alderson. Fish also form a part of the Curing and Smoking course with Steven Lamb. Here you’ll learn invaluable techniques and practices that will allow you to truly make the most out of your food.

    In Gill Meller’s Outdoor Cooking course you’ll then master the arts of spit roasting, fire building, and cooking with embers. By the end you’ll have an arsenal of skills bound to improve your culinary creations and to impress friends, family and colleagues.

    There’s even included in this collection the opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing. Gut health expert Naomi Devlin will help you listen to your gut and encourage you to master foods and techniques that will benefit your whole body.

    Look no further than this collection to become a more ethical and more proficient chef.

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