Welcome to award-winning cookery school Meals for Squeals in Bristol.
We specialise in cooking for babies and toddlers; cookie decorating classes; and cookery parties for children. We also work in the community teaching children to cook.
HOMEMADE MEALS FOR BABIES
We believe that weaning your baby should be fun, shouldn’t mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen, and doesn’t mean you need to buy ingredients you’d never normally keep in the house. Come and meet other parents with children a similar age to yours on one of our specialist cookery course.
Make your own wedding favours; celebrate the arrival of a new baby; or even decorate some saucy lingerie cookies as a hen party activity. We'll teach you to decorate beautiful cookies that are miniature pieces of art – no experience needed.
COOKERY BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Let us be the entertainment at your child's birthday party. Plus the children can take home everything they cook, so there’s no need for you to provide separate party bags.
The cookery school in Bristol is our base for classes, which have been attended by parents all over England and Wales. For cookery parties we come to you. This is free for BS postcodes, 40p per mile for further distances up to 30 miles.View timetable
Our classes run on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Baby and toddler food classes: Each aimed at a different age of child, 2.5 hours, £40, include all ingredients/equipment, at least 8 portions of food to take home.
Cookie decorating classes: 3.5 hours, £50, includes all ingredients/equipment. Take home all the cookies you decorate.
Child's cookery party: Age 5+, 4-10 party guests (can be more if one or more parents is able to help), one hour. We come to you – bring all ingredients/equipment – teach the party guests to cook a recipe agreed with you in advance – children take home what they’ve cooked in a party bag – all children given certificate. Popular recipes include brownies; bread; rocky road; fruity flapjacks; burgers; cookie decorating.
£40 + £5 per child.
Child's dinner party: Age 7+, 4-10 party guests. Two hours. As above, but children make 3-course meal and eat it together.
£60 + £10 per child.
This recommendation was made verbally by a parent speaking to the KalliKids team and confirmed in writing.
I recently went on a cookery course with Meals for Squeals at Jackie's house with my sister and friend and came away with lots of different ideas on cooking. We decided to do this after looking on her website as we were really interested in the service she was offering, so we had a look to see which course we wanted to do, then chose the 'finger food' course which was quite a short course, only 3 hours one evening at her house. Although the course was short, we all came away with lots of ideas as well as the food we made. We all really enjoyed it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone!
I came across 'Meals for Squeals' through the internet. I spoke with Jackie regarding the cooking course she runs and she went through with me the different courses she runs, just on the baby food courses there are seven to choose from!! I chose 'Don't stop me now' course. It was a 3 hour course and covered everything I needed to know. Before going to Jackie's house she phoned me and we went through what I wanted to get out of it and I explained I had a son who had suffered with reflux so we tailored it to suit him. When I went to Jackie's house, everything was prepared and laid out. We cooked attractive looking food to encourage my son to eat and lots of ideas. I took the food which I made home with me and I'm part of the 'facebook group' which keeps me up to date with things. I would really recommend these courses for anyone as there is lots of different options to chose from and Jackie is very good at tailor making to your needs!
It’s a great class for people who aren’t very confident in the kitchen, and all based on healthy recipes. My sessions were one to one and at Jackie's house, it lasted about three hours and she provided all the ingredients which was great, I didn’t have to think of anything. And I got to take the food home after wards to pop in the freezer! We prepared lots of different recipes. Sugarless banana bread, fish goujons so lots of finger food, pasta with tuna and savoury salmon scones, lots of fish recipes because it’s so good for little ones, little lamb burgers. I still use the recipes now, I wasn’t very confident in the kitchen and the session really helped with that. She’s a mum with young children too so we chatted about weaning and I felt comfortable asking her advice and about what she did. She also sent me lots of links with more information, it was all really good, and I’d definitely go back.
Ruby seemed very excited when the group was on but i didn't collect her so didn't often see the product before it was eaten!
Bailey has always enjoyed cooking at home. When i saw that Jackie was running an after school class i thought he would love it, and he has. He's enjoyed cooking new things. He's loved the hands on, do it himself thing. Especially eating it when he got home. He also enjoyed cooking the things for his family at home.
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Jackie Novels is a mum of twins with a passion for cooking. In 2014 she was named Business Mother of the Year in the Natwest Venus Awards. She spent four years working at the Good Housekeeping Institute, the renowned cookery and consumer arm of Good Housekeeping magazine. As well as learning everything she ever needed to know about stain removal (skills which are being tested to their limit by her twins), she also trained as a taste tester and ran and took part in numerous taste tests on foods ranging from breakfast bars to Easter eggs. During her time at Good Housekeeping, Jackie wrote for the magazine, as well as being interviewed on TV, radio and in national newspapers on topics including food safety, nutrition, online food shopping and home management. She also contributed to the Good Housekeeping Home Handbook. Her career has also included working for supermarket chain Somerfield, exhibiting food at events such as the Good Food Show, the Highland Show and Dartmouth Festival; and preparing and serving food in a café. She has enjoyed cooking and attending cookery courses ever since. When the time came to wean her twins, she enjoyed developing new recipes for them and introducing them to different tastes and textures. Jackie planned to return to her job in marketing following maternity leave. But a few months before she was due to start back at work, her application to return part time was declined. She saw this as a golden opportunity to pursue a long-held dream of teaching cookery, and to share everything she had learned while weaning two babies with very different food preferences. She set up Meals for Squeals cookery school from her home kitchen in Bristol. The school provides a range of cookery classes for parents to try out easy recipes that they can be confident of recreating at home for their children. Jackie also runs cookie decorating classes; school cookery clubs; children's cookery parties; and teaches adult education courses. She appears regularly on BBC Radio Bristol, writes for parenting magazines, and was a judge at the BBC Food Awards 2014. Jackie has attended cookery classes at a range of cookery schools including the following: • Leiths School of Food and Wine • The Bertinet Kitchen • Peggy Porschen Academy • Eckington Manor Cookery School • Belle Isle Cookery School • Baby Bites • The Chocolate Tart