October 2012 Archives

Secret Kitchen menu, 27th October 2012

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old birds

Bourbon, calvados & thyme cocktail
Chicken liver paté with quince

Chicken heart soup

Coq au vin,
celeriac pommes Anna and kale

Chocolate espresso cup

Homemade liqueur

New Nordic Cuisine - Autumn, 20th & 21st Oct 2012

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pumpkin.jpgThe world’s best restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, has propelled new Nordic cuisine into the limelight.  Chef René Redzepi’s innovative approach showcases the finest indigenous Nordic ingredients in fresh, light menus.  Many of these ingredients also grow in Britain, or can be easily sourced.  But with dishes such as 'edible soil', oyster porridge, veal and blackcurrant cookies, and chicken skin sandwich with lumpfish roe, this is not food most mere mortals can recreate at home.

Mia black-white.jpgStep in Mia Kristensen.  Mia’s company CPH Good Food offers Nordic cuisine classes in Copenhagen to help home cooks translate the new Nordic diet movement into do-able, delicious and healthy home cooking.  Culinary Anthropologist has teamed up with CPH Good Food to offer some special classes to bring new Nordic cuisine and its innovative use of all things seasonal, wild, smoked and preserved to Anna’s home teaching kitchen in London. 

At the October classes we're going to cook up an autumnal feast together, including:

onionbread.jpg'Pærevælling' (velvety pear & barley porridge)
Pumpkin soup with cider & fennel
Onionbread with buttermilk
100C venison rump with juniper & rosemary
Lingonberry, apple & mustard chutney
Herbed potato roulade
Creamy mushrooms with thyme & rye crumble
Beetroot with horseradish, cottage cheese & dill
Spelt cheesecake with seabuckthorn & carrots
Blackberry & sweet woodruff liqueur

This will be a hands-on class limited to 8 guests. 
You can see photos from the previous Spring and Summer classes. 

smspringnordicclass.JPG“I am passionate about Nordic cuisine - its seasonality, lightness of ingredients and symbiotic relationship to nature.  Nordic foods contain all five basic tastes and this makes it complete.  Many ingredients are found in nature, which encourages wonderful family trips, cooking in nature and of course eating together,” says Mia Kristensen. 

A student of Food Science and disciple of the world’s most pre-eminent food nerds, Dr Harold McGee and Professor Peter Barham, Mia will share her knowledge of the whys and wherefores of cooking during our hands-on class, providing an insight into the culinary magic of restaurants like Noma.

Dates:  Saturday 20th, repeated Sunday 21st October 2012

Time:  10am - around 2pm

Location:  London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price:  £90, or £162 for two people

To book:  Email Anna 

Please read the booking terms and conditions before booking your place.

Cooking Club, Tues 9th & Weds 10th Oct 2012

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smcavolonero0005.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). 

smsquashmix0001t.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. 

Come in October for inspiration for cooking seasonal stars such as beetroot, kales, squashes and pears.  The menu is usually set at the last minute so that the best seasonal produce available from Riverford at the time can be used.

Bob's farm beets.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 9th and Wednesday 10th October 2012 if demand

Time:  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.

Early Autumn Preserving workshops, 6th & 7th Oct 2012

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RivEarlyAutPresSepOct20110019.jpgIn partnership 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.

smpreservingclass0409100001.JPGYou 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.

piccalilly.jpg"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."

Dates:  Saturday 6th, repeated Sunday 7th October 2012

Time:  10am - 3pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £70 (includes light lunch)

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


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