Food, education and community

Bini is passionate about teaching people of all ages the traditional skills of Indian cookery. Food is a way of life to an Indian family. The traditions, flavours, colours, textures, smells are all essential sensations to an Indian meal.

The different workshops for schools give students an opportunity to develop an understanding of cultures and flavours to enrich their understanding of foods from around the world.

Sessions cover spices, their uses, preparing ingredients, a variety of dishes and learning new skills that can be easily transferable, whilst simultaneously giving them confidence to experiment with new ingredients.

Session format: Group and individual work

Sampling: Of course, all students will have the opportunity to sample the food they produce.



Projects so far:

  • WI throughout Somerset, Avon, Bristol – Demo and talk May 2012 to present day
  • St Julian Primary School, Wells July 2012
  • Hayesfiled School, Bath – August 2012
  • Bruton School for Girls, Somerset – November 2012
  • The Hub – Youth centre Peasedown St John, Bath 2013
  • Chew Magna Primary School 2014
  • Clifton High Bristol June 2014
  • Royal High School Bath 2014 & 2015

- Childrens Cookery

Sweet Cumin aims are to empower children and young people with knowledge about food from around the world and conduct a cookery experience in a fun environment.  The information they will gain will allow them to make decisions about food choices, understand where the ingredients come from and how they are prepared.

Bini Ludlow is passionate about passing on her knowledge to young cooks and getting children excited about cooking. Her aim is to inspire children and give them the life skills and knowledge to cook confidently in their own kitchens.

- Cookery Workshops for Children

Explore the range of spices, smelling, tasting and understanding how they are used in Indian cuisine.  Sweet Cumin will run, fun after school cookery workshops during the week, courses during the school holidays and Saturday morning sessions.

  • +Workshop 1: Taking the mystery out of curry

    Children will learn to prepare and understand ingredients and how to cook spices properly to make a versatile tomato based sauce for a curry.

    They will also be taught how to cook fluffy plain rice and make a delicious Enda nu Puro (Indian omelette) that is easy to prepare and is a great sandwich filler or after school snack.

    - Taste and smell the spices we will use in the session

    - I teach how to follow a recipe

    - Develop new skills preparing and cooking ingredients

    - Understand the importance of working alone and as part of a team

    - Follow rules to work in a kitchen safely

    - It’s all hands on.

    Suitable from age 8-14yrs and session last for 3hrs.

    All cooks are given a recipe pack including spices, and can eat or take home what they have cooked.

    Cost from £35pp for 3hr session – Ask for more details. Includes the ingredients. Max 4 to a group.

  • +Sweet Cumin Foundation Certificate

    Fancy taking the cookery skills and develop them to the next level.

    Sweet Cumin Indian cookery foundation course is a new four half day cookery programme to encourage the students to come along and enrich and develop their skills and knowledge to the next level.

    From £200 pp for a four 3hr sessions covering a wide range of traditional Indian cookery skills. Please contact Bini Ludlow for more information.

- Testimonials: 

“I want to expand my knowledge of different food – It was brilliant thanks Bini” – Alfie

“I loved it and want to learn more about spices” – Molly

“I enjoyed the omelette and it was very tasty”- Mya


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