November 2013 Archives

Festive Bread workshops, Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec 2013

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Stollen making.jpgAt this class you will learn how to make a range of festive breads perfect for the coming holiday season, including Jewish braided challah, buttery brioche, traditional Dresden stollen and Italian panettone.

After this intensive workshop you will understand how eggs, fat, milk and sugar work to enrich doughs, how to shape three-strand braids, classic brioches à têtes, fruit-laden stollen loaves and tall panettones. We will also cover the importance of long fermentation periods, essential for developing complex flavours in bread, and how to fit bread-baking into busy lives. Plus you will learn how to use up leftover festive bread to make delicious puddings.

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get baking for the festive season and spoil their friends and family with outstanding home-made treats. This is a hands-on class. You will leave laden with plenty of freshly baked bread and feeling confident to make more at home.

The workshop includes a delicious seasonal lunch showcasing different types of bread, with wine.

You can view pictures of last year's Festive Bread workshops here.

briochesatetes.jpgDates: Saturday 30th November 2013, repeated Sunday 1st December if demand

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: London N5

Price: £120 (with 10% discount if you book as a pair, so £216 for two)

To book: Email Anna

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


Secret Kitchen menu, 16th November 2013

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Istrian autumn

Quince & apple cocktails
Crostini and potato skins with
black olive tapenade and chive & chervil dip

Persimmons, pršut, radicchio & ricotta
with the Tikels' new season olive oil

Wild boar & Teran stew with potato njoki,
mushrooms and white truffle

Apple & quince strudel with cream


Cooking Club, Tues 12th & Weds 13th November 2013

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smradicchio0002.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).

smsweetpotatogratin0004.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 November for inspiration for cooking seasonal stars such as radicchio, sweet potatoes, persimmons, apples and quinces. Below is an example November menu to give you a feel.  The exact menu is usually set at the last minute so that the best seasonal produce available from Riverford at the time can be used.

apples_0001.jpgRadicchio, persimmon & walnut salad

Sweet potato & sage gratin

Celeriac rémoulade

Grilled radicchio with balsamic dressing

Apple and quince crumble with homemade custard

“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 12th and Wednesday 13th November 2013 if demand

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Location: London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price: £45 per person per class. Or £120 for 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.

Nordic Winter Baking, Sat 9th & Sun 10th November 2013

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smNordicXmas2012Mia0035.jpgSwedish St Lucia saffron buns with hazelnut fluffy butter

Dark chocolate and rye bars

Sticky cinnamon 'snails' (Danish buns)

Rye, Icelandic skyr cream & blackcurrant layer cake

Danish butter cookies with sweet woodruff

Swedish glögg (mulled wine with a vodka kick)

glogg.jpgAt this hands-on class you will learn how to bake each of these delicious sweet treats from scratch.  We will enjoy some for tea with plenty of glögg, and you will go home with all the recipes and plenty of buns, bars and cookies to share with others, or not... 

This class is a collaboration between Culinary Anthropologist and Mia Kristensen of CPH Good Food, following our series of very successful Spring, Summer, Autumn and Christmas New Nordic Cuisine classes.  Mia Kristensen runs Nordic cuisine classes and food tours in Copenhagen.  You can see photos from previous New Nordic Spring, Summer, Autumn and Christmas classes.

Mia black-white.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.

Also a food writer and student of Food Science, Mia will share her knowledge of the whys and wherefores of baking during this class.  The class is limited to 8 guests so that everyone can fully take part.

smsummerNordic2012Anna0012.jpgDates: Saturday 9th, repeated Sunday 10th November 2013

Time: 2.30pm - around 6pm

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.

Comments from previous Nordic cuisine class guests:

"The Scandinavian class was quite outstanding, such good fun, informative as always and the most delicious and enormous dinner."

"Fabulous food!"

"Wonderful class! I learned so much!"

"Loved it! So inspiring!"


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