Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My little Secret Project is out!

Today I hit the send button on a very important email.

I felt simultaneously sick & joyous.

I had a request a few weeks back from a reader who was keen to get some private tuition from me.
She is finding the pressure of delivering the family meal to be something that provides a lot of stress in her life & is looking for ways to reduce stress. Smart lady!

It was a lightbulb moment for me!

Well ok....it was more of a "Doh" slaps self on head type moment.

You know the ones right?
The ones where you are left wondering "Why oh why did I not think of this before?".
It just seemed so right.

Uh huh!

For so many people the preparation of the family meal is a daily stress- and in amongst all of the other stresses it becomes the single one that seems to top them all.

The one thing that we judge our success as a parent on- unfairly.

I wrote a post about it a LONG time ago- it is still one of my most read posts and one that readers tell me they refer to in times of stress and one that they recommend to their friends.

You can read it here.

If I can help reduce that stress for people then that is ACE.

So.....for the last few weeks I have been designing a course of multi session private tuition sessions.

Here is the way it works......

I will go to the clients home & we cook together in their own kitchen using their own equipment & by doing so I teach strategies to help minimise stress & help them find their kitchen mojo in their very own space- eliminating the need to translate what you learn in a formal cooking class environment back into your own home.  The classes are offered in a multi-session format, unique to each client.

Hopefully this will give them a new confidence to be able to change the focus away from cooking at home from being stressful to fun!

I have had such fun creating this package.  I have learnt lots, got stuck lots, asked for help lots and then ploughed on & on and now I think I can say I am THERE & ready to go!

And I am busily designing other cooking session packages & other goodies too. Lots of hard work but super fun & exciting.

No doubt there will be some hiccups & bumps but that is how I roll-   Lumpy, Bumpy & Real.

I have also made a super special gift for each of my clients to have as a memento at the end of the programme.

So this year I will be not only teaching at cooking schools and other venues (some soon! updates for those will be best found here or  here) but you could have me teach you in your very own home!
Cool huh!

I am super excited.

Now I just have to find a cute name for them........(stay tuned)

UPDATE: I have a name ~ 'GG's Clever Clogs Cooking Classes' 

If you are interested in finding out more please feel free to email me at gourmetgirlfriend (at) me (dot) com.
(Please bear with me as my new website is under construction.) 


  1. what a fabulous idea you clever lady:) :) good luck

  2. Winnie @ Eat.Play.Shop.18 February 2014 at 16:45

    Excited for your new venture!!

  3. a brilliant idea! I LOVE it - so useful, so practical, so very needed. You've filled a gap in the market, lovely one. Now, go forth and change the kitchens of mumas, one abode at a time x

  4. Great idea! So great. I think I need you. You should also have a shopping expedition class - whenever i look at the gorgeous pictures of meals you've whipped up, I get the distinction impression I have the wrong things in my cupboard!!

  5. So exciting!!!

  6. What a superfabulousamazingawesome idea! Hey, when do you start looking at cooking schools - there's a fabulous one in the Adelaide Hills called Sticky Rice. You could do refresher course for people wanting to rediscover their cooking mojo. So happy and proud of you xx

  7. oh this is amazing Ruth! you are a simply a superstar and I know that this venture will be full of awesome-ness for you and your clients. Congrats lovely lady! xx

  8. Awesome stuff Ruth, I know you will bring something special to the kitchen for all of these people! x

  9. I wish you could come to my home every night! This is going to be awesome Ruth, very exciting :-) Mel x

  10. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:53

    Thankyou Mel. How fun would it be to come to you! x

  11. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:54

    Thanks Jane. x

  12. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:54

    I am really excited. Thanks Bren for your kind words. x

  13. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:55

    Thankyou B! I will have a little look at Sticky Rice for some inspiration! xx

  14. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:55

    eeeeeeep- and a little terrifying too!

  15. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:58

    Thank you so much Reannon. xx

  16. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:58

    One of my lessons in the package is all about Pantry essentials! Thankyou for your kind words. xx

  17. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:59

    Thanks Jodi- I really do hope it can help people. xx

  18. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 06:59

    Thankyou so much Corrie. x

  19. Sounds lovely! Maybe one day you could run an online cook-along course... like the sew-alongs... good for those of us in other cities! I have seen anther blog that does that (but you have better recipes :) X

  20. GourmetGirlfriend19 February 2014 at 07:41

    what a cool idea! i'll have to look into it. and thankyou so much for your lovely words. x

  21. What a wonderful idea! Anyone would be lucky to have you step into their kitchen for a bit and sort them out, Ruth. Wishing you all the luck in the world for this happy new venture. x

  22. I LOVE it! I wish I could afford to fly you down to Tasmania for a class! I can't wait for the book! xx

  23. Alli @ ducks on the dam19 February 2014 at 13:14

    Perfect Ruth. What a cracker of an idea. The perfect gift - get those gift certifcates designed my love because they will sell xxx

  24. Very exciting! Have emailed you.

  25. You definitely are a clever clogs what a brilliant idea,I am so glad you are doing this and it will be so rewarding for the client and yourself,congratulations Ruth xx

  26. Such a great service Ruth! And congrats on starting a new business- how exciting ?!
    And you're so right about someone planting an idea seed & then sitting back thinking " why didn't I think of that?". A girlfriend planted a little idea seed in my brain a few weeks back & I love it but am yet to have the confidence or knowledge to do more than sit with it. That's why this internet thing is so good- being inspired by people going after dreams, changing their lives, chasing ideas. It's beautiful to watch ( or read) xx


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