January 2011 Archives

Perfect Cakes Masterclass, 27th Jan 2011

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Smchoctortes0004.JPGThis class is taught by professional pastry chef Jennifer Altman, who is flying over from California to deliver a series of special one-off Masterclasses with Culinary Anthropologist.  Don't miss out!

This is a half-day hands-on workshop limited to just lucky 8 guests who will learn the secrets for ensuring perfectly baked cakes every time.  You will make three different kinds of cake - pound, genoise and chiffon - plus buttercream, curd and other luscious fillings - and get one to take home. 

Jennifer will explain the science behind making great cakes and teach you how to approach any cake recipe with confidence!

smcoffeecake0001.JPGDate:  Thursday 27th January, 2011

Time:  2pm-5.30pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £70

Multi-booking discount:  If you book 4 or more places at any of Jennifer's January 2011 masterclasses (Cookies, Pastry, Chocolate & Cakes), each place will be discounted by £10.
  For example, you could attend all four masterclasses, or you plus a friend could come to two of them, or you plus three friends could come to one class. 

To book:  Email Anna  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Chocolate Masterclass, 25th Jan 2011

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smchocthings0002.JPGThis class is taught by professional pastry chef Jennifer Altman, who is flying over from California to deliver a series of special one-off Masterclasses with Culinary Anthropologist.  Don't miss out!

This class is for serious chocolate-lovers!  You will learn a pastry chef's secrets for making perfect chocolate confections and desserts, including flavoured truffles dipped in tempered chocolate, chocolate panna cotta, the ultimate chocolate cake and more…

This is a demonstration class, with plenty of tastings and drinks, and chocolate treats to take home too. 

chocsouffles.JPGDate:  Tuesday 25th January, 2011

Time:  6pm-9.30pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £50

Multi-booking discount:  If you book 4 or more places at any of Jennifer's January 2011 masterclasses (Cookies, Pastry, Chocolate & Cakes), each place will be discounted by £10. 
For example, you could attend all four masterclasses, or you plus a friend could come to two of them, or you plus three friends could come to one class. 

To book:  Email Anna  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Perfect Pastry Masterclass, 22nd & 23rd Jan 2011

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Smalltarts0002.JPGsmquiches0002.JPGThis class is taught by professional pastry chef Jennifer Altman, who is flying over from California to deliver a series of special one-off Masterclasses with Culinary Anthropologist.  Don't miss out!

This is a full-day hands-on workshop limited to just 8 guests.  You will mix, roll, shape, bake and fill an astounding array of sweet and savoury pastries - some to enjoy for lunch with a glass of wine, and some to take home. 

Jennifer will cover the techniques and secrets of making perfectly flaky yet tender pie crusts, puff pastry, sweet short crust tarts and choux pastry (éclairs, gougères...).  You will never be intimidated by pastry again!

Red Wine Poached pear tart with frangipane.JPGIMG_1197.JPGDates:  Saturday 22nd repeated Sunday 23rd January, 2011

Time:  10am-4pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £110

Multi-booking discount:  If you book 4 or more places at any of Jennifer's January 2011 masterclasses (Cookies, Pastry, Chocolate & Cakes), each place will be discounted by £10.  For example, you could attend all four masterclasses, or you plus a friend could come to two of them, or you plus three friends could come to one class. 

To book: email Anna
  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Perfect Cookies Masterclass, 20th Jan 2011

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smbiscotti0001.jpgThis class is taught by professional pastry chef Jennifer Altman, who is flying over from California to deliver a series of special one-off Masterclasses with Culinary Anthropologist.  Don't miss out!

At this class you will learn the techniques for a range of cookie types, such as French macaroons, tuiles, florentines, chocolate wafers, Italian biscotti and the world’s best shortbread.  As a professional pastry chef, Jennifer knows all the tricks for creating perfect cookies, be they crispy, crunchy, chewy or wafer-thin. 

This is a demonstration class, with plenty of tastings and drinks to keep you going.  And there will be bags of goodies to take home to share, or not…!

smbrandysnaps0017.JPGsmghribas0010.JPGDate:  Thursday 20th January, 2011

Time:  6pm-9.30pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £50

Multi-booking discount:  If you book 4 or more places at any of Jennifer's January 2011 masterclasses (Cookies, Pastry, Chocolate & Cakes), each place will be discounted by £10. 
For example, you could attend all four masterclasses, or you plus a friend could come to two of them, or you plus three friends could come to one class. 

To book:  Email Anna
  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Secret Kitchen menu, 15th Jan 2011

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Calvados cocktails
Beaufort cheese puffs

Polish barszcz with wild mushroom packets
and Zubrówka

Chez Panisse braised beef short ribs with polenta,
horseradish salsa verde, red cabbage and winter leaves

Pears poached in Sauternes
with almond lace cookies

Homemade elderberry-anise and bay leaf liqueurs

Cooking Club, Tues 11th & Weds 12th January 2011

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Smcarrotorangecreamsoup.JPGThe Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of as you please.  Classes are usually held on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, 6-10pm.  At each class we cook a seasonal supper, the stars of which are Riverford's beautiful organic vegetables and fruits. 

Each class focuses on different produce and culinary techniques, so if you attend several they form a course.  You will develop knife skills and learn easy but delicious dishes you can repeat at home.

Classes end with an informal meal together around the table with some good wine, and recipes to take home. 

SmMoroccanClass0805100010.JPG"I really learnt a lot about techniques, flavours and much much more, met some interesting and kind people and am looking forward to next one."

“I adored the food we made - it looked and tasted amazing.  It was all really good quality and a step up from the basics, and I would make it at home.”


Example menu for winter 2010:
(exact menus depend on ingredient availability and guests’ preferences)
 
Carrot soup with orange flower cream & spicy almonds
Warm Moroccan beetroot salad with Lebanese parsnip & date salad
Tarte Tatin with creme Anglaise



Date:  Tuesday 11th, repeated Wednesday 12th January 2011

Time:  6 - 10pm

Location:  London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price:  £40 per person per class.  Or £35 if you book 3 Cooking Club class places, which could be 3 for you, or you plus 2 friends, or as gifts, or any combination of those options.

To book:  Email Anna
  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Hubbub

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Hubbub logo.jpgHubbub is a fantastic idea.  As more people abandon their local shops in favour of the convenience of supermarkets, Hubbub has stepped in to fix the missing link.  The lovely Hubbub people go to all the best local shops near me in north London (butcher, fishmonger, cheesemonger, deli…) and bring their goodies to your door.  So shopping is kept convenient, while supporting independent shops and top quality food, most of which is sustainably grown/fished/produced. 

Hubbub and I have teamed up to offer courses and workshops using their ingredients - open to everyone who loves good food!  Check my class list for dates.

Blackheath Cooks

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bcooks-header.jpgBlackheath Cooks is a wonderful new cookware shop and cooking school in Blackheath, southeast London, run by my friend Joy Neal.  They offer a wide range of cooking classes for children, young people and adults in their teaching kitchen behind the shop.  Blackheath Cooks is the home of Munchkins, which offers super after-school cooking classes and cooking parties for children.  I regularly teach (adult) classes at Blackheath Cooks, so do come and find me there too!  See their schedule of upcoming classes on their website.

Riverford Cooks

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smredrussiankale0002.JPGRiverford delivers delicious veg boxes from its network of sister organic farms across England.  I have been a customer for some time and greatly admire their business ethics and the high quality of their produce.  I wrote about them in my book Eat Slow Britain - see here for an excerpt. 

Riverford Cooks is their initiative to get everyone cooking more vegetables.  As one of their network of Cooks, I give classes for customers and their friends, in homes, at my teaching kitchen and at Riverford HQ in Devon.  It's all about getting excited about seasonal vegetables and learning new ways to cook them.  Some of my Riverford classes are open to non-customers too (although we hope to persuade you of the joys of a veg box!) - so look out for dates.  And check out the Riverford Cooks website for more events and my Cook's profile

Class booking terms & conditions

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How to book a cooking class:  

  • Class dates are advertised on this website here and in the monthly Culinary Anthropologist email newsletter.  If you don’t get the newsletter already, email Anna to ask to be included.  
  • Choose your preferred class date(s) and email Anna to check availability and make your booking.  Please note that many classes fill up several weeks or even months in advance, so early booking is advised.  Please make sure Anna knows of any special dietary requirements.
  • Your booking will not be confirmed until full payment has been received.  You can pay by direct bank transfer or by sending a cheque.  Anna will provide the details you need.  Receipt of your payment and your class booking will then be confirmed by email.
  • You will receive an email reminding of you the class details a few days before the event.

Cancellation policy:
  • If you need to cancel or change your class booking, we will need a minimum of four weeks' notice. 
  • If you change plans less than four weeks in advance, and your place cannot be filled, then we cannot refund or transfer the value of your place.  You can of course send a friend in your place.
  • If Culinary Anthropologist needs to cancel a class, we will provide as much notice as possible and refund the class fee you had paid.  Alternatively you may transfer the amount to another class and pay or receive the difference if applicable.

Gift vouchers:
  • You may purchase a gift voucher from Culinary Anthropologist for any amount of your choice.  Email Anna with the relevant details - voucher amount, name and address of gift recipient, any special message for the card.  
  • Your voucher will be sent when full payment has been received.  You can pay by direct bank transfer or by sending a cheque.  Anna will provide the details you need.  Receipt of your payment will be confirmed by email.
  • The gift voucher recipient should book their class(es) in the usual way - see above - and provide their voucher code at the time of booking.
  • The same booking cancellation policy also applies - see above.
  • Gift vouchers are valid for one year and can be used for or towards any Culinary Anthropologist cooking class (unless you have specified which class the voucher is to be used for).  Change cannot be provided, but credit may be stored and redeemed against a future class.  
  • In no circumstances can a gift voucher be redeemed for cash.

Private class bookings:
  • You may book an individual or group private class with Culinary Anthropologist, at your home, in Anna’s teaching kitchen or at another venue.  Email Anna to discuss options, prices and availability. Please make sure Anna knows of any special dietary requirements.
  • Your booking will not be confirmed until a deposit payment of 50% of the total class fee has been received.  You can pay by direct bank transfer or by sending a cheque.  Culinary Anthropologist will provide an invoice and payment details.  Receipt of your deposit payment and your class booking will be confirmed by email.
  • If you need to cancel or change your class booking, we will need a minimum of four weeks’ notice, and in this case can refund the deposit.  If you cancel or change plans less than four weeks in advance, we cannot refund the deposit.
  • The balance of the total class fee is due one week before the date of the class.  If you cancel or change plans less than one week in advance, we cannot refund any of the class fee.
  • If Culinary Anthropologist needs to cancel your class, we will provide as much notice as possible and refund any class fees you have paid.  Alternatively you may transfer the amount to another class and pay or receive the difference if applicable.

We look forward to seeing you at a class soon and cooking together!

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