Middle Eastern Cookery

rice and lentilsThe Food From 4 Cookery School returns in March with a class exploring the flavours of the Middle East. Join me in the kitchen at number 4 on Saturday 31st March when we will be making herbed rice with lentils, crispy onions and pomegranate, muhammara (a warmly spiced pepper and walnut dip), filo pastries filled with spinach and halloumi and a courgette, broad bean and mint salad. For dessert we will create delicious fig and pistachio tarts, served with rosewater infused cream.

Classes cost £45 per person including all ingredients, equipment and recipe cards. We start at 10am and aim to eat our lunch at 12:30pm, wrapping up around 1pm.

To book your place please contact me at foodfrom4@gmail.com

 

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Italian Cookery School

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February’s class will see a return to Italian inspired flavours.

Join me in the kitchen at number 4 on Saturday 24th February 2018. We start the class at 10am with coffee and cake for early arrivals, finishing with lunch and wrapping up at 1pm.

We’ll be making Aubergine Parmigiana, Nutty polpette with a tomato sauce, and deep-fried, crispy courgette and ricotta balls (pictured) with a red pepper dip.

We finish the lunch with a marcarpone and cherry cheesecake.

Classes cost £45 per person and include all ingredients, equipment and recipe cards.

To book please contact me at foodfrom4@gmail.com

Autumn Classes

Two new courses coming up this Autumn

Saturday 14th October – Middle Eastern Feast
Join me to talk about, cook and eat dishes such as a Broad Bean stew with pomegranate, steamed rice cooked with crispy potatoes, a mildly spiced, fragrant muhammara dip. To finish we’ll be making a middle eastern inspired raspberry samosa served with rosewater infused cream.

Saturday 11th November – Flavours Of India
Together we’ll be making and eating Indian dishes such as a spinach and paneer curry, potatoes fried with garlic and sesame, a simple tarka dal and deep fried vegetable pakoras. For dessert we’ll make mango fool, served with some home made cardamom shortbread.

Classes run from my kitchen in Chalfont St Peter, just 20 minutes from London, starting at 10am and finishing up with lunch. We aim to finish around 1pm.

£45 per person. Price includes all ingredients, recipe cards and aprons. You also get to take home any leftovers.
For more details or to reserve your place contact me at foodfrom4@gmail.com or at facebook.com/foodfrom4

Cookery School

I’ve been looking into ways to turn the Food From 4 idea into a business. Having toyed with branded items for sale and hosted dinner parties, I decided to have a go at a cookery school. I put the word out on various social media sites and soon had four willing volunteers to participate in a trial.

Having decided on a menu and the format, I then needed to sort out all the other logistical challenges. I opted for Indian inspired dishes – paneer skewers, vegetable samosas, aubergine and tomatoes cooked in whole spices, pilau rice and a cucumber raita. The plan was to spend 2½ hours preparing and cooking, then the final half hour we can eat lunch.

Do I have enough space for everyone to cook comfortably? Do I have enough equipment? What do I serve to drink with the food? How do I design the recipe cards? Does everyone need an apron?

I cleaned up my old two burner camping gaz, bought aprons online. Got dishes i use for photographing out of the loft. Hey presto, I had created a training kitchen.

I left the cooking to the students, lending a hand only when needed. There is nothing quite as frustrating as joining a cookery course only to spend hours watching the instructor cook. The only real way to learn is to do it yourself.

The morning was a success. Our dishes turned out well and we all enjoyed cooking, talking about ingredients, food, techniques. Keep an eye on this blog, my facebook page and instagram for details of the next one.

Here are a few photos of the day

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