Comprehensive cookery class reviews.

All Star Chilli Con Carne

A few weeks ago, I was invited to All Star Lanes in Westfield Stratford to learn executive chef Steve Collins’ chilli con carne recipe and a few cocktails from mixologist Adam Seidman. The master classes were filmed as part of some new promotional material for Westfield Stratford’s website, though thankfully I’m only visible briefly!   ... Read more »

Ice Cream Wednesday: Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Summer Baked Alaska

Two Wednesdays ago, Pete and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Novelli Academy, the Cookery School run by handsome French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli. Located in Tea Green, a small village on the outskirts of Luton, not far from the airport, the Academy is located in a beautiful 14th century farmhouse where Novelli also lives ... Read more »

Pickled Rock Samphire & Pork Rillettes + Rules For Foraging Safely & Responsibly

There’s something deeply satisfying about making a meal of ingredients foraged directly from the earth, not by some faceless stranger who’s sold his lucrative hedgerow hoard to a restaurant chef, but by your own hands. Common mallow Of course, there’s the thrifty delight in a free meal. £3 for a bundle of asparagus or marsh ... Read more »

Learning To Make Pasta With Recipe for Basic Fresh Egg Pasta Dough

I have a confession. Until a couple of months ago, I had never made pasta. Not once! So when I was invited by Hubbub to attend a pasta and risotto course run by Anna Colquhoun, the Culinary Anthropologist, I was delighted. Anna is living the dream many hobby food lovers harbour. She gave up a ... Read more »

Waitrose Cookery School: Macaroon Mania

Back in November, Waitrose launched a new cookery school. It’s probably not news to most of you eager cooks as there have been lots of articles and reviews in the last couple of months. I’m going to add another one to the mix! I love Waitrose! We both arrived in my neighbourhood at the same ... Read more »

Learning to Cook Japanese + Hashi Cooking’s Recipe for Beef Tataki & Creamy Sesame Sauce

I first learned of Reiko Hashimoto-Lambert’s Japanese cookery lessons, held in the spacious kitchen of her Wimbledon Park home, by way of Luiz, the London Foodie’s blog post last year. Luiz has attended most of Reiko’s Hashi Cooking classes during the last 3 years and often puts what he’s learned to good practice, much to ... Read more »

Catch of the Day at Billingsgate Fish Market

“I have to get up at WHAT time?!?!” “4.30 am” “What?! Whyyyyyyyyyyy?” “Because the course starts at 6.30 with registration at 6.15” And so, we witness a time of day we’ve not seen for quite a while, especially since we’ve been on our extended holiday sabbatical. But we have good reason: We’re attending Billingsgate Seafood ... Read more »

Cook like a wahaca – cooking with Tommi Miers

One of the prizes donated to the Blaggers Banquet that most excited me was the one-off cookery class by Thomasina Miers, Masterchef 2005 winner and founder of Wahaca mexican street food restaurants. Tommi doesn’t normally offer small, personal cookery classes like this so I was very pleased indeed to bag one of the coveted 8 ... Read more »