September 2011 Archives

Early Autumn preserving workshops, 30th Sept & 1st Oct 2011

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smcarrotchutney0001.jpgsmpreserving2410100005.JPGIn association with Riverford, the lovely organic veg box people, I offer seasonal preserving workshops.  I cover all the basics of preserving fruits and vegetables and together we make five you can take home.

You will learn about sterilising jars, using sugar, salt and vinegar correctly as preservatives, reaching ‘setting point’ for jams and jellies, safe bottling and more. Class sizes are kept small (max 8 people) and very hands-on.  As well as your filled jars, there are recipes and guidance notes to take home.  

At the Early Autumn workshops we hope to make (subject to produce availability):

plumjamcooking.jpgPlum jam
Bottled roasted tomato passata
Hedgerow jelly
Seasonal chutney
...and maybe raspberry or blackberry vinegar too.

Dates:  Friday 30th September, repeated Saturday 1st October, and Sunday 2nd October too if demand

Time:  10am - 3pm on Friday and Saturday  (11am - 4pm on Sunday)

Location:  London N5

Price:  £60 (includes light lunch)

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

"Thanks again for such a brilliant day and for sharing your wonderful skills. I can't believe how much we made and how much I learned in your lovely kitchen!"

"The pace was just right- a good combination of a bit of the science behind preserving, a hands on approach to learning, and the opportunity to chat and discuss. I think the size of the class was ideal."

Cooking Club, Tues 13th & Weds 14th Sept 2011

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Gardentomatoes0001.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"Thanks for yesterday's Cooking Club - we had a blast!"

"Very useful, clear, helpful and observant. Anna made sure we were all involved."

Example menu for early autumn 2011:
(exact menus depend on ingredient availability and guests’ preferences)

Date:  Tuesday 13th, repeated Wednesday 14th September 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.

Secret Kitchen menu, 10th Sept 2011

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(for Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary)

Figs with prosciutto

Salad of beetroot, green beans, eggs and rocket
with tarragon mayonnaise

Salmon baked in fig leaves with nasturtium butter,
Umbrian lentils, roasted fennel and ruby chard

Fig, plum & raspberry tart
with Mum’s yoghurt thing

Coffee, teas and homemade sloe liqueurs


Culinary Anthropologist