March 2014 Archives

Seafood Feast, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th March 2014

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Nicola filleting credit Eating East.jpgWhether you love seafood and want more inspiration, or want to get over your fear of attempting fish and shellfish dishes at home, this class is for you! 

smfishclass2403120085.jpgAnna will guide you step-by-step through preparing several different fish and shellfish, including learning how to fillet a fish and make stock from the bones.  Together you will make five different delicious dishes and enjoy them for a late lunch with wine. 

smmackerelescabecheplated0005.jpgThis is a hands on class for a maximum of eight guests.  All guests will take home a fish filleting knife to keep up their skills at home!

Baked oysters three ways

Classic moules marinières

Pickled herring with mustard and dill

Hot-smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraîche

Fish tagine with preserved lemon, saffron and olives



Dates: Saturday 29th March, repeated Sunday 30th March 2014

Time: 10am - 3pm

Location: London N5

Price: £120, or two places for £216 (includes a late lunch with wine)

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

Flavours of Kerala and Goa, Tues 25th March 2014

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Join me and Prakash Nanthan of Coconut Kitchens for a masterclass in Southern Indian cooking.  Together we will make:


Prakash Nanthan curry.jpgGoan fish cutlets with ginger & chilli

Kerala style coconut chicken curry

Goan mysoor dal with curry leaves & mustard seeds

Goan cabbage with cumin, chilli & lime (foogath)

Keralan coconut sambal

Basmati rice and popadoms

Tapioca, coconut & cashew pudding (payasam)


Prakash will introduce the cuisine of the region, including the spices used and typical ingredients such as chilli, coconut, curry leaves and tamarind.  With his guidance you will prepare all of the recipes and then sit to enjoy your Southern Indian feast.


About Prakash Nanthan

Prakash grew up in Sri Lanka, just a few miles across the sea from South India, and vividly remembers the flavours of his mother's cooking.  About the local cuisine he writes, "Each and every meal satisfies all the taste buds without fail, being pungent, sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and salty.  You cannot ask for more!"  He is also a huge fan of Malaysian and Thai food.

When he arrived in the UK as a young man, Prakash worked as an accountant and survived off fish & chips and British pies, both of which he still loves.  Here in London, away from family, he had to learn to cook.  This necessity became a hobby, and the hobby became his passion. 

Prakash left accountancy to set up a catering business.  An award winning Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant in Hampstead followed.  After eight years of running the restaurant, Prakash is now sharing his passion for southern Asian cuisines in kitchens across London and beyond. 


Date: Tuesday 25th March

Time: 6.30pm-10pm

Location: Highbury, London N5, near Arsenal tube

Price: £90. 10% discount if you bring a friend, so £162 for two.

To book: email Anna

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

Special New Nordic Secret Kitchen, Sat 22nd March 2014

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saltbakedceleriac.jpgNew Nordic Spring

with guest chef Mia Kristensen from Copenhagen


Cucumber and dill aquavit shots
Crab, radish and salmon roe salad on toasted sourdough
Mussels on the half shell with sour apple dressing
Deep fried sourdough starter with celeriac leaf pesto


Salt-baked celeriac with fluffy herb butter 


100C-baked salmon on rye-otto with spring vegetables and parsley cream


Rye, chocolate, blackcurrant & skyr parfait

Burnt hazelnuts with malt and licorice


Cooking Club, Tues 11th & Weds 12th March 2014

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smchardchickpeas0005.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).

Classes 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.

classinkitchen.jpgBelow is an example March 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, and so that any returning guests can learn something new.

Butternut squash hummus

Lebanese parsnip & date salad

Syrian beetroot & yoghurt dip

Turkish egg meze with crispy sage & chilli

Moroccan style chard with olives & preserved lemon

Hot lemon soufflés

“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 11th March, repeated Wednesday 12th March 2014 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.

Catalan Pig Day, Sat 1st March & Sun 2nd March 2014

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salami.jpegJoin Catalan culinary expert Rachel McCormack and Anna for a glorious day of pig cookery and general piggery.  We will celebrate the pig by using its various parts for a delicious  breakfast, hearty lunch and sausages to take away, as is done at the annual pig slaughter in villages around the world. 


We will make:

Frit Mallorquin - a breakfast dish using liver

Boiled and roasted pig's face - a crispy snack

Trotters a la Catalana - to enjoy for lunch with rice, and roasted with honey

Catalan black pudding - with a couple of variations

Fuet sausages - a classic Catalan salami

...and if time, some pig's brain paté so as not to waste anything.


Rachel is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living in Barcelona, where she caught the Catalan obsession with food.  She now lives in London where she teaches cooking classes, runs food markets and writes about food.  She is also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet, for which Anna works as food consultant behind the scenes (having had the idea for the show). 


pigday.jpegRachel has run several very popular Pig Days at other venues for crowds of 20-30 people.  This event will be in Anna's home teaching kitchen and is limited to just 8 guests.  It will be a very hands on class, with plenty of pig for everyone to get their hands into.  Not for the squeamish.


Dates: Saturday 1st March, repeated Sunday 2nd March 2014

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: London N5

Price: £120, or two places for £216 (includes breakfast and a late lunch with wine)

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


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