July 2014 Archives

How to Drink Gin, Fri 11th & Sat 12th July 2014

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WE gin pic 6tc.jpgBack by popular demand, drinks expert Victoria Moore will be joining Anna in the kitchen to host a masterclass on gin, Victoria's favourite spirit.  There is little she doesn't know about this complex drink, so book this one fast as tickets will certainly fly! 

After a welcome drink (Victoria's delicious gin & elderflower cocktail), we will taste and compare at least five fabulous gins.  These will include London's newest gin, the new Sipsmith VJOP, and Warner Edwards' lavender-scented gin (which against all the odds has become Victoria's drink-at-home favourite).  There will also be a mystery gin test...

Victoria pouring cocktail.jpgYou will learn what gin really is, and what distinguishes London Dry Gin.  We'll explore the importance of the coriander botanical and discuss choosing the perfect gin for different drinks.  You'll compare a range of tonics and Victoria will show you how to make the perfect gin & tonic

Gin is great in cocktails, including both Victoria and Anna's favourite - the negroni - which we will make to finish off the night in style.  Now will be your chance to pick Victoria's cocktail brain and plan your future gin-based experiments.

Of course we will keep you well fed with nibbles and snacks paired with the drinks.  You will leave with a new level of gin expertise and a bagful of tips and tricks for how best to drink gin.


How to Drink book cover.jpgVictoria Moore is an award-winning journalist who's been writing about drinking since 1998 when she began a column in the New Statesman.  She's now the wine correspondent for the Telegraph and Olive magazine, having previously written the wine column for the Guardian Saturday Weekend magazine.  Victoria is also a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.  Her bestselling book, How to Drink, is a hugely readable and beautiful handbook that aims to inform, entertain and ensure you are never without the perfect drink for every occasion. 

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Dates: Friday 11th, repeated Saturday 12th July 2014

Time: 6.30pm to around 8.30pm

Location: London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price: £60, or £150 for three people

To book: Email Anna

How to Drink class.jpgPlease read the booking terms and conditions before booking your place.


Comments from previous How to Drink class guests:

"Fabulous wine! Fabulous cocktails! Loved it!"

How to Drink class 2.jpg"A really wonderful evening - beautiful food and drinks."

"Fabulous darling! When's the next one?"

"Excellent, as always!"



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Cooking Club, Tues 8th & Weds 9th July 2014

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smspringgreensarma0003.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 July 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.

Summer greens dolmades

Tomato & Comté galette

Bulgur wheat, broad bean, courgette & mint salad

Green beans with olives, sun-dried tomatoes & basil

Blackcurrant Eton mess

smtomatogalette0007.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 July, repeated Wednesday 9th July 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.

Summer Preserving, Fri 4th, Sat 5th & Sun 6th July 2014

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pickles.jpgIn partnership with Riverford, the lovely organic veg box people, I offer seasonal preserving workshops. We cover all the basics of preserving fruits and vegetables and together we make five you can take home.

You'll 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 and very hands-on. As well as your filled jars, there are recipes and guidance notes to take home.

At the Summer workshops we will make:

Strawberry & rhubarb jam
Bread & butter pickles
Spicy courgette chutney
Bottled brandied summer fruits
Gooseberry curd

The exact menu may change slightly nearer the time when we know what produce the fields and orchards will be yielding!

"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!"


Dates: Friday 4th July 2014, repeated Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July

Time: 10am - 3pm

Location: London N5

Price: £80, or two for £144 (includes lunch with wine)

To book: email Anna

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


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