We all know eating fish is highly recommended but knowing how to cook fish and being imaginative with recipes can be challenging. This one day cookery class is designed to teach you a number of key fish dishes for both everyday cooking and entertaining family and friends. You will learn how to make fish stock, what to look for when buying fresh fish and where to buy from, and different ways to prepare and cook seafood. You'll be creating dishes such as crispy spicy prawns with spring onions, Pacific Island raw fish salad with mango and red pepper, pan-fried mackerel with fennel and watercress; north Indian fish stew with potatoes, and lemony herby panko crumbed fish with crème fraiche tartare. All the classes are entirely hands on and you will be able to take home a number of the dishes you have cooked - so be ready to share a feast with your family and friends. Classes are small, with a maximum of six participants to ensure that you will get plenty of one to one tuition.
It’s nice to have a theme for a dinner party and recently I decided to focus on Italian food. It was a far cry from the occasion many years ago when I tried to woo my (now) husband with a candle-lit Italian feast of Heinz minestrone (tarted up with a handful of Schwartz herbs), a spaghetti bolognaise and a catastrophic attempt at zabaglione.
As an antipasto I prepared acciughe sotto pesto or anchovies in parsley and olive oil for those who, like me, have somewhat limited Italian! The great thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared days ahead of the dinner party so long as it is kept in the fridge and the anchovies are completely covered with the oil. The anchovies are placed in a large jar along with some olive oil, parsley, a dried chilli and some garlic, mixed up and left for the flavours to develop. I served it with a lovely rosemary and garlic focaccia from my local deli.
For my main course I opted for a delicious roast lamb dish which is traditionally served in Italy at Easter. I had made a herbed olive oil in advance using rosemary, sage and garlic and it is this oil that gives the lamb its fantastic flavour. I had cheated by ordering a deboned leg of lamb from my local butcher, although if you are handy with a knife you can do this yourself. The oil needs to be drizzled over the inside of the lamb before it is rolled and tied, then more drizzled on the outside. I cooked it with small potatoes and a glass of wine which made for some very tasty pan juices.
For pudding I made a tiramisu (literally a pick-me up) which turned out to be dead easy to make and certainly more successful than my zabaglione!
So you want to throw a dinner party for a group of friends but are short of time to shop and prepare for it – what’s the best plan of attack? Gone are the days when you could buy a cheap load of mince, raid the Schwartz packets and cook a huge spaghetti bolognaise, then open up a few bottles of cheap wine and know that you would have a ball. You’ve left your student days behind and are looking for something a bit more sophisticated. You have a bit of cash to spend on it but want good value for your money.
If you live in London and can get to Borough Market (only open on Thurs, Fri and Sat incidentally) this could be the answer to your prayers. You could lay on a fantastic spread for your guests and not have to cook a thing. Pates, cheeses, cold meats, olives, artisan breads, pies, shellfish, patisserie and not forgetting the wine – you name it you will find it at this South London market. Its critics say it is expensive but, as is so often the case with food, you get what you pay for. If you can’t get to Borough Market then why not explore your local deli? My local deli in Harrogate, for instance, sells a fantastic range of local Yorkshire produce that would grace the table of any discerning gastronome.
If you are willing to do a bit of “cooking” you could have a look on the website of the various speciality butchers who will deliver dishes like beef welling ton which just need to be popped in the oven. For a starter you could get your local fishmonger to prepare a platter of shell fish. My local fishmonger will prepare one to your requirements with 48 hours notice and all you need do is remember to pick it up on the day of your dinner party. For pud have a look at an upmarket patisserie where you will be bound to find something to tempt the taste buds.
Join Cookery Coach head chef and founder Neville Leaning for this chance to discover some of Londons best produce from the eyes of a professional. Nev will begin the class by leading a tour of the independent food shops on Marylebone High Street, gathering ingredients for an afternoon of cooking along the way. Ideal for fans of classic British cuisine, the cooking course will work with Fish and Seafood sourced directly from Fish Works, just across the road from Divertimentis Cookery School. Learn how to fillet a fish, clean seafood and create a British-inspired menu during this all day class.
You'll each be creating some truly tasty dishes after this fantastic eastern-themed cooking course. You'll spend half a day learning to prepare either Thailand's unique, fragrant Green Curry, with delicious side dishes, or a flavoursome Indian feast with mouth-watering Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi and Pilau rice. You'll receive one-to-one tuition fromthe founder of The Curry Club and famous celebrity chef, Pat Chapmanduring this private class as you create a tastebud tingling masterpiece, before you take it home and wow your family and friends!
The Cook School Scotland is the place where food is created with a contemporary imaginative andfive starred quality. You will be taught by Head Chef Phillip Lewis or one of the other resident or guest chefs. Phillip Lewis has trained and worked within the hospitality industry for over twelve years all over the UK as well as Europe. He has also cooked for some of the best known names throughout the world including Prince Charles Bill Clinton Rod Stewart and David Beckham to name just a few. The chef will help develop your palate to discover the food you love to cook and eat from a wide range of cookery classes. With their wealth of experience and knowledge they deliver a relaxed informative and fun cooking experience for all to enjoy.
The Bertinet Kitchen is a purpose built cookery school, opened in Sept 2005 in the centre of beautiful and historic Bath. Owned and run by French chef and baker, Richard Bertinet, The Bertinet Kitchen offers a range of relaxed and fun courses for food lovers of all abilities. During this fantastic fish and seafood class Richard will show you what to look for when buying andhow to prepare and cook perfect fish and seafood at home using a range on recipes and ideas. Following the class lunch with wine is served.
This revolutionary cookery school offers hands-on cooking classes from fresh fish to juicy steaks, delicious desserts to delicate canapes, and the choices are as varied as the cuisines on offer. Classes are run by professional Michelin star trained chefs who share their passion for food through delicious recipes which can be cooked at home. In the modern, state-of-the-art kitchens you will be guided through each step of your chosen menu, sharing expert tips and tricks of the trade along the way. Once everything is ready, sit down to enjoy your delicious creations over a well-earned glass of wine in the dining area. You will receive a L'atelier des Chefs apron and the recipes will be forwarded to you via email so you can recreate them at home.
Online grocery shopping has become very popular over the last few years due to widespread internet access across the population. Big supermarket chains were the first to offer online grocery shopping, and the convenience of placing an order online and receiving a grocery, vegetable and/or fruit delivery has many benefits. The downside, however is that there is, in many cases, a minimum order cost (often £50) and delivery charges can also apply.
Well there is now an alternative to the supermarket giants. milk&more, part of the Dairy Crest Group enables you to place an order from their extensive range of well known brands and have it delivered to your door by a your local milkman. The method is very straightforward and has the added advantage of no extra delivery charge. The first thing to do is to visit the milk&more website at www.milkandmore.co.uk. Here you can input your postcode, which will introduce your milkman (the service currently covers extensive parts of South Wales and England serving more than 1 million UK homes.) Then browse the online shop for the products you want and complete the simple payment forms. For orders placed before 9:00pm your milkman will deliver your groceries as early as your next delivery morning.
As well as milk and other dairy products, milk&more’s range includes bread, breakfast cereals, crisps, snacks, as well as fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables for delivery to your door. There is even a selection of household products such as cling film and tissues and a range of pet foods so all members of the family can wake up happy!