October 2011 Archives

Fish in a Day, Saturday 29th Oct 2011

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Nicola filleting credit Eating East.jpgFood Safari new logo.bmpThis workshop is a partnership between Culinary Anthropologist and the lovely Food Safari people.

We will focus on preparing and cooking sustainably caught fish and shellfish, such as lemon sole, mackerel, squid, oysters and crab.  All the seafood will be sourced from Food Safari partners Pinney’s of Orford and Maximus Sustainable Fishing both family enterprises that fish off the Suffolk coast using long line rods to reduce waste.

smAnnacrabt.jpgDuring the workshop you will hear from one of the fishermen about their business, the challenges and the stock levels in the North Sea.  Anna will show you how to fillet flat and round fish, shuck oysters and prepare other shellfish.  You will then cook them in various ways for a delicious and extensive Mediterranean seafood feast to share with plenty of wine to drink. 

bouillabaisse.JPGYou will go home confident to cook more fish and shellfish at home, a pack of all the recipes and a new appreciation of how fish reaches our plates.  This is an intensive hands-on class, so come hungry to learn and to feast!

Dates:  Saturday 29th October 2011

Time:  10am - 4pm smfishshellfishclass3010100009t.jpg

Location:  London N5

Price:  £150, or £275 for two

Book online on the Food Safari website

Or email Anna with any queries or to ask about the special discount for Culinary Anthropologist customers

Fish filleting photo credit Eating East.

Secret Kitchen menu, 22nd Oct 2011

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Kingston Black cider brandy cocktails
Choux puffs with Keen’s cheddar and apple chutney

Waldorf salad with Stichelton and
homemade walnut bread

Slow-roast pork belly with caramelised apples,
braised fresh borlotti beans, roast squashes and Savoy cabbage

Baked russet apples with spiced dried fruits
and nutmeg ice cream

Coffee, teas and blackberry liqueur


Artichoke gratin

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Artichokes are a bit of a faff to prepare, but once you’ve tasted the results you’ll realise it was worth it!  Once you’ve braised the artichokes, instead of putting them in a gratin you could add them to a salad instead, or marinate them in herbs and olive oil and serve them cold as antipasti.  How much of the artichoke you cut away and how much you save to eat totally depends on the artichoke’s size and maturity.  Cut off anything that you imagine will still be tough after cooking.


Roast squash, red pepper, Puy lentil & Feta salad

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This is a lovely way to use butternut or other sweet orange autumn squashes.  You could omit the red peppers if you like, and use soft, tangy goat’s cheese instead of the Feta.  To spice it up further, roast the squash with a sprinkling of ground cumin, coriander and nutmeg.


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

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smsquashmix0001.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!"

“Thanks for such a great class, it was brilliant fun and I learnt a lot.”

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

Date:  Tuesday 11th, repeated Wednesday 12th October 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.

Salmon baked in fig leaves with nasturtium butter

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This recipe is based on one from the Chez Panisse Café cookbook, a restaurant where I did a stint and learnt a tonne.  I was inspired to make it for a dinner in honour of Chez Panisse’s 40th birthday by the astounding number of nasturtium flowers and fig leaves in my garden in early September this year. 

smnasturtiums0003.jpgI served it with some braised Umbrian lentils and bright rainbow chard. You could add some fresh pink peppercorns and/or capers (both drained and rinsed well) to the butter if you like for extra zing.

How to Drink in Autumn, Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Oct 2011

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Smsloes0002.JPGAn evening of wine tasting, cocktail mixing, eating and learning about the best things to drink this autumn, with expert drinks writer Victoria Moore.  Come and join us!

You’ll be welcomed with a Cava-Calva aperitif and then we'll taste and compare three different chenin blancs and learn all about this grape.  Moving on there will be a selection of sloe gins to compare and of course tips for making your own, plus Victoria's favourite cocktail using the purple infusion - sloe gin sours.

smpalocortadobarrels0001.jpgWe'll then make our way through several different styles of sherry, with tapas to match each one, and learn all about this unique set of wines.  To finish we'll indulge in some Pedro Ximenez ice cream.  Yum.  We’ll keep you fed with snacks throughout the class and send you home with a pack of Victoria’s recommendations and my recipes.

Victoria.jpgVictoria Moore has been writing about drinking since 1998 when she began a column in the New Statesman.  She is now the wine writer for the Telegraph, and previously wrote the wine column for the Guardian Saturday Weekend magazine.  Her bestselling book - How to Drink - is a hugely readable and beautiful handbook that aims to inform, entertain and ensure you are never without the perfect drink for every occasion.

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Dates:  Thursday 6th October, repeated Friday 7th October 2011

Time:  6.30pm - 8.30pm (ish)

Location:  London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price:  £50.  10% discount if you book 3 places.

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

And look out for our How to Drink at Christmas classes in December!


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