December 2014 Archives

Special Persian Secret Kitchen, 12th & 13th Dec 2014

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IMG_1867.JPGSaffron Nights:

Tales from the Persian kitchen


Prosecco with rose syrup and pomegranate

Zaytoun parvardeh (olives marinated with pomegranates, walnuts and golpar)

Borani laboo (beetroot and yoghurt dip with mint and Feta)

Persian flatbread


Ash-e-reshte (herb, legume and noodle soup)


Fesenjoon (chicken with walnuts and pomegranate molasses)

Saffron & barberry rice

Salad shirazi (tomato, cucumber, radish and mint)


Saffron, rosewater and pistachio ice cream

Sohan (saffron toffee brittle)

Orange blossom tea 


Cooking Club, Tues 9th & Weds 10th Dec 2014

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smceleriaczeytinyagli0001.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).

waldorf.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 December for inspiration for cooking seasonal stars such as parsnips, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes and oranges. Below is an example December 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.

smcandiedorangeslices0001.jpgCarrot & ginger soup with orange blossom cream

Whole roast cauliflower with capers & raisins

Waldorf salad with Stilton

Turkish olive oil braised winter roots with dill

Chocolate fondant puddings with candied orange


"I couldn't speak more highly of Anna's cooking class.  We learnt some great new flavour combinations and ways of using seasonal vegetables.  Very fun and friendly!"

“The Cooking Club was such GREAT fun and DELICIOUS … I very much look forward to coming back.”

"Last night was fantastic.  Was completely inspired by what we cooked and that I could potentially do that all at home!  Really had a good evening - thank you."

Date: Tuesday 9th December 2014, repeated Weds 10th Dec 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

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


Festive Bread workshop, Saturday 6th December 2014

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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 past Festive Bread workshops here.


"We had such a great day and we really enjoyed your company and those of your other guests.  Oh - and the breads!  My, how popular we have since become."

"Anna broke the processes down step by step so that it didn't feel daunting and gave us lots of great tips and tricks over the course of the day. ... This class really exceeded my expectations and I would be happy to take another class with Anna in the future."

"An amazing way to spend a day.  Loved every moment of it."

"Wonderful!  Can't wait to recreate these at home."

briochesatetes.jpgDate: Saturday 6th December 2014, repeated Sunday 7th December if demand

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Highbury, 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.



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