May 2012 Archives

Secret Kitchen menu, 19th May 2012

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smrhubarb0001_1.jpgRhubarb & Garlic

Goat's cheese crostini
with rhubarb chutney
and wild garlic pesto
Rhubarb cordial cocktails

Wild garlic soup

Navarin of lamb with spring vegetables,
grilled sourdough and summer greens with wet garlic

Rhubarb tart with ginger ice cream

Liqueurs  and coffee

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Early summer minestrone with pesto

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This recipe is adapted from one in The River Café cookbook.  It is a fresh green soup, perfect for late spring or early summer.  I actually prefer it luke warm to hot, or even chilled.


Rhubarb and yoghurt cake

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This cake is so easy - you can throw it together in ten minutes.  It always goes down really well when we make it in cooking classes.  Rhubarb, orange and yoghurt make a delicious combination.  But you could omit the orange flower water, or substitute rose water, or just use vanilla.  Enjoy the cake warm or cold, at tea time or for dessert.  It pairs beautifully with a dollop of creamy yoghurt.  The recipe is adapted from one by Leanne Kitchen.  


Home Bread in a Day, 11th, 12th &13th May 2012

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artisanbreadt.jpgWe will focus on how to fit making your own bread into a busy lifestyle.  Who has the time to knead dough after work every day, let alone wait for it to rise twice before you bake it?  At this class you will learn cunning techniques and recipes for making your own artisan style bread without using a bread machine. 

smbreadclassesnov20110019.jpgAfter this hands-on intensive workshop you will be able to make a range of breads - classic white boules, walnut and olive breads, focaccia, naan and flatbreads - without any of them being a chore.  Homemade pizza or pitta on a school night will suddenly become a possibility!  You will work with a range of top quality organic and stoneground flours including wholewheat, malted and spelt.  

homebreadclass.jpgWhat’s more you will go home with a homemade bread-making kit specially sourced by Anna which will include all the essentials you need to get going immediately, even your own tub of bread dough and wooden peel for loading bread into the oven.  Plus of course there will be plenty of the freshly baked bread you have made to take home. 

smbreadclassesnov20110053.jpgThe workshop includes a delicious seasonal lunch showcasing different types of bread.  You can view pictures of the previous Home Bread workshops here.

Dates:  Friday 11th May 2012, repeated Saturday 12th May, and Sunday 13th May too if demand...

Time:  10am - 4pm

smbreadclassesnov20110027.jpgLocation:  London N5

Price:  £95

To book:  Email Anna

Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Cooking Club, Tues 8th & Weds 9th May 2012

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SmPSB0001.jpgThe Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of as you please.  At each class we cook a seasonal vegetarian supper, the stars of which are Riverford's beautiful organic vegetables and fruits.  This class is perfect for those who want to eat seasonally and are after a little recipe inspiration (as well as a fun night out). 

smchardchickpeas0005.jpgClasses are usually held on the second Tuesday and/or Wednesday of the month, 7pm-10pm.  We cook together for a couple of hours - learning different culinary techniques each month - and then sit to enjoy a convivial dinner around the kitchen table with wine. 

The menu will feature seasonal produce available from Riverford at the time.  Vegetarian.

Smrhubarbchutney0007.JPG“I have thoroughly enjoyed these classes. I have learned many new skills and the classes have given me ideas on using seasonal vegetables. I have used many of the recipes again.”

“Thank you for another wonderfully inspiring and enjoyable evening.”

Date:  Tuesday 8th May 2012, repeated Wednesday 9th May if demand

smcookingclubpastry0001.jpgTime:  7pm - 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.


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