June 2014 Archives

New Nordic Midsummer Parties, Sat 21st & Sun 22nd June 2014

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Mia salmon and radish tt.jpgTo celebrate the longest day of the year we're going to cook up a summertime party menu.  This will be a hands-on cooking class limited to 10 guests.

  To kick off:

Peas in the pod and smoked prawns with skyr & chive dip

with cucumber & dill martinis

  Open sandwiches:

Salt-cured cod, peas, cress & bacon vinaigrette

Smorrebrod.JPGChicken salad, kohlrabi & dill mayonnaise

Grilled radish, goat's cheese & chervil

with Pilsner beer with dill aquavit 'side wagons'

  From the outdoor grill:

Grilled herb-stuffed mackerel with rhubarb & cucumber pickle

Grilled lettuce and new potatoes with herb butter

with English white wine

  Dessert by the fire:

Midsummer buttermilk soup with strawberries and barley butter cookies

with elderflower shots

You can see photos from the previous Spring and Summer and Autumn classes.

Thumbnail image for DSC_1544.JPGAbout New Nordic cuisine and Mia Kristensen

One of the world’s best restaurants, 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, and veal & blackcurrant cookies, this is not food most mere mortals can recreate at home.

Step 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. Anna has teamed up with Mia to offer classes to bring new Nordic cuisine to London.

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 Kristensen.

A student of Food Science, Mia will share her knowledge of the whys and wherefores of cooking during the class, providing an insight into the culinary magic of restaurants like Noma.

smmackerelrhubarb0001.jpgDates: Saturday 21st June, repeated Sunday 22nd June 2014

Time: 6pm to around 10pm

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 New 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!"


[Radish open sandwich, lemon verbena and dill cocktail photo credit: Mia Kristensen]

Cooking Club, Tues 10th & Weds 11th June 2014

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tomatomozzarellasalad.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 June 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.

Early summer minestrone soup with basil pesto

Wild rice, spinach & broad bean salad

Jane Grigson’s pan-roasted new potatoes

Grilled courgette, asparagus, rocket & halloumi salad

Roast red pepper, tomato & mozzarella salad

Cherry clafoutis

“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 10th June, repeated Wednesday 11th June 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.


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