Become a Canny Cook in 2024 - Spend less with a little more know how!


MONTHLY Live Cookalong via ZOOM (Annual Membership 2024) 

After Signing Up, members will gain instant access to the On Demand Course.

Set off on a journey of discovery into the sensory pleasures of cooking whether your goal is to start baking your own delicious bread at home or cooking delicious meals for your family. Learn over 60 winning recipes. This online cookery course is designed for those with a basic level of cooking. Even those with no knowledge at all, will also be able to participate in the course.


ZOOM Cookalong Dates 2024:
Tues, 30th Jan 2024
Mon, 26th Feb 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Tues 19th Mar 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Mon 29th April 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm (Recording available)
Tues 28th May 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm (Recording available)
Tues 25th Jun 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Mon 23rd Sept 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Tues 29th Oct 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Tues 26th Nov 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm
Mon 16th Dec 2024, 6pm - 7.15pm

‚ā¨125.00 Home Cooking Course

Why spend ‚ā¨100s on gadgets you may never use?

All my recipes use standard kitchen equipment.  Standard saucepans, a wide heavy based frying pan and a soup blender are the only things you need.


Member Testimonials



Read Member 2023 Testimonials who wish to continue in 2024:

Hi Vanessa, I received a subscription to this years classes as a present last Christmas & have really enjoyed it.

-Rob, Member 2023


Hi Vanessa,

I thought your course was amazing, I chose to print off each recipe before your class, I listened and watched, took notes and cooked later.
All your recipes are fab and I have now created a new cookery folder, labelled Vanessa's cookery classes 's 2023.
I look forward to watching you create a chocolate yule log, am not great at logs but willing to try again!
Thank you Vanessa for all your inspiration. Happy Christmas.

-Audrey, Member 2023


Dear Vanessa
Thanks very much for your Zoom Class which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  You have given us some great recipes that work and your teaching skills are excellent.  I would love to join again next year. 

-Mary, Member 2023


"Vanessa is doing something quite wonderful with her online cookery school.  I was lucky enough to qualify with the Cooks Academy in 2010 and have kept in touch. Her Baking, Sushi and Home Cookalong courses are all splendidly done and have been great revision for me. I'm addicted and think every cook should sign up! What I particularly appreciate is her kindness and the sheer wealth of knowledge she has, and all her tips that remind you how to approach every vegetable anew, even if the recipe itself is familiar. My family have all appreciated their special weekly dish or the house full of cake. They also say my cooking has got better!  

Having experienced the glory of the Cooking School twelve years ago, I can say now that I've a young family and could never have the time to attend again for some years, this is a wonderful economical way to learn. I also find it much less stressful as I am at home in my own kitchen with my own ingredients. Thus by the time we're cooking I'm certain that this is how this dish works in my kitchen with whatever I have been able to buy. Like everyone I've adapted to the online mode of learning and for me, given the advantages of being in your own kitchen, it works wonderfully well. All we miss is tasting but I've found if we feedback to Vanessa any issues we've had she's sure to know the solution".

-Alice, HOME Cookalong Member 2022 & 2023 


"Hi Vanessa, I just wanted to say how much we are loving the online classes. We had done a fair few in person cooks academy courses over the years and I wasn't sure how an online course would work but actually it's brilliant. It is fun and interactive and we've learned loads. Getting the ingredients list well in advance means there's no hassle. It has worked so well. We'll definitely do more online classes when this course is over.
The kids (including two fussy eaters) absolutely adored the toad in the hole. The meatballs and carbonara are now on our regular family dinners list. Chicken chasseur has been my favourite with the seafood lasagna a close second. I really like the range of meals you've chosen. The videos are great though I don't always have time to look at them in advance. I love the way you give loads of suggestions on substitutes and how to modify the recipe depending on what's in the fridge / store cupboard.
You're a great teacher, a real natural. I feel I can ask anything. You are really patient and you make the classes really fun. Thank you so, so much. Keep up the great work".

-Ciara, HOME Cookalong Member 2022  


"I received a Christmas present of Vanessa’s cookery course and it was the best present I could have got!   The recipes were practical and varied with video explanations also provided.  But it was the live demonstration by Vanessa and doing the class with others online that made it really special.  The children enjoyed the meals every Monday night and helped out in the preparation too.  I highly recommend it".

-Brid, HOME Cookalong Member 2022 & 2023 


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