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Secret Kitchen menu, 19th March 2011

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thinking of Eastern Europe

Apple Pies
Blini with smoked mackerel, beetroot and horseradish

Romanian hors d’oeuvres:
Aubergines, mushrooms, peppers, pickles, salamis, cucumbers, cheese

Hungarian pörkölt with galuska and sour cream

Polish doughnuts with rose petal and rosehip jam

Romanian sour cherry liqueur

Hubbub Cooks Turkish dinner, Tues 15th March 2011

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HUBBUB_STRAP_red.png‘Hubbub Cooks’ is a series of cooking classes I am running in collaboration with Hubbub - a fantastic little company that delivers top quality food from my local independent shops - butcher, fishmonger, cheesemonger, deli and more.  The classes are open to anyone, and will be for just eight people at a time so everyone will get plenty of action.  10% off if you book three classes!

Mediterranean series
We'll be cooking up delicious meals using the distinctive flavours and traditional techniques from countries around the Mediterranean where I have spent time on my travels researching the local culinary culture:  Morocco on 15th Feb, Turkey on 15th March and Italy on 17th May.  We'll use the best seasonal produce from my local shops, and classes will end in a convivial meal around the table with wine.

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(the final menu will depend on ingredient availability and guests' preferences)

Smoked aubergine salad
Red lentil soup with mint & chilli sizzle
Ottoman lamb & prune stew with saffron pilaf
Apricots poached in mulberry molasses with clotted cream
Pistachio baklava with Turkish tea


Date:  Tuesday 15th March 2011

Time:  10am - 2pm, repeated 6pm - 10pm

Location:  London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price:  £60 per person per class. 
10% off when you book three or more Hubbub Cooks classes. 

To book:  Email Hubbub
, call them on 020 7354 5511 or book online on their website






Hubbub Cooks Pasta & Risotto workshops, 11th & 12th March 2011

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HUBBUB_STRAP_red.png‘Hubbub Cooks’ is a series of cooking classes I am running in collaboration with Hubbub - a fantastic little company that delivers top quality food from my local independent shops - butcher, fishmonger, cheesemonger, deli and more.  The classes are open to anyone, and will be for just eight people at a time so everyone will get plenty of action.  10% off if you book three classes!

Smalltortelini0002.jpgPasta & Risotto workshops
Make pasta dough from scratch and then have fun rolling, cutting and shaping it into tagliatelle, malfatti, ravioli and tortellini. You’ll make sauces and fillings for each shape and learn the secrets of boiling and tossing pasta correctly. In addition, you’ll master the technique for making risotto and create two delicious versions using seasonal ingredients. The workshop will end in a convivial feast with Italian wines.

Red wine risotto above 2.jpgDate:  Friday 11th, repeated Saturday 12th March 2011

Time:  10am - 3pm

Location:  London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price:  £80. 
10% off when you book three or more Hubbub Cooks classes. 

To book:  Email Hubbub
, call them on 020 7354 5511 or book online on their website

Cooking Club, Tues 8th & Weds 9th March 2011

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Smjartichokeprawn0002.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 learnt so much and had a great time too as always!"

"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."

Example menu for winter 2010:
(exact menus depend on ingredient availability and guests’ preferences)
 
Jerusalem artichoke soup with chive and chilli oils
Leek, onion & cheddar quiche with winter coleslaw
Apple choux pastry puffs with Calvados cream


Date:  Tuesday 8th, repeated Wednesday 9th March 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.

Chicken liver paté

france, italy
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This recipe was inspired by the one I learnt while working briefly at Zibibbo - a fantastic restaurant in Florence.  There they make it with lots of capers, which balance the rich creaminess of the livers, and serve it with toasted brioche and blood orange zest and port syrup.  Yum!

This recipe makes a fair bit, so if there are just a few mouths to feed you could do a half batch.

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Secret Kitchen menu, 19th Feb 2011

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Baby Joes
Chicken liver pâté on brioche with blood orange & port syrup

Beetroot, oranges, candied pecans and Bosworth Ash log

Braised chicken leg on spelt, Jerusalem artichoke and
grapefruit salad with chard and Meyer lemon confit

Bergamot lemon panna cotta with candied clementines
 and pistachio & cardamom cookies

Liqueur 44
Candied pomelo rind


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