February 2015 Archives

How to Drink with Chilli & Spice, Thur 12th & Fri 13th Feb 2015

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smchillies0002.JPGJoin drinks writer Victoria Moore and Anna in the kitchen for a hot and spicy evening of food and wine. This time we're tackling the tricky question of what to drink with chilli.

After a welcome cocktail Victoria will lead you through four rounds of tastings, each put together with a different hot or spicy dish prepared by Anna. Our global tour of spicy cuisines will take you through Mexico, Thailand, India and Korea. 

Along the way you will learn how different wines and other drinks work, or not, with hot foods and why.  Victoria will share her years of research into the subject, including the science of bubbles and much more besides.

Smhotsoursoup0008.JPGThere will be plenty to eat and drink during this class and you will have ample opportunity to quiz Victoria on her vast wine expertise.  You will leave with the confidence to choose drinks for your next chilli hot or spicy meal, and some new recipes too.

Victoria Moore 3t.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. 

Smtarkadal0006.JPGComments from previous How to Drink class guests:

"Fabulous wine! Fabulous cocktails! Loved it!"

"A really wonderful evening - beautiful food and drinks."

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

"Excellent, as always!"


 Dates: Thursday 12th & Friday 13th February 2015

Time: 7pm to around 9pm (includes dinner)

Location: London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

£65, or £170 for 3 places (ie. £25 discount)

To book: Email Anna

Please read the booking terms and conditions before booking your place.


Cooking Club, Tues 10th & Weds 11th February 2015

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classinkitchen.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.

smbeetrootrisotto0001_1.jpgCome in February for inspiration for cooking seasonal stars such as parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, salsify and Seville oranges. Below is an example February 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.

Jerusalem artichoke & celery soup

Beetroot risotto with goat's cheese & chilli

Slow-roasted salsify with lemon

Marmalade bread & butter pudding


"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."


Dates: Tues 10th, repeated Weds 11th Feb 2015

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Location: London N5 (Arsenal tube 2 mins walk)

Price: £50 per person per class. Or £135 for 3 Cooking Club class places

To book: Email Anna

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

Winter Preserving workshops, Fri 6th, Sat 7th, Sun 8th Feb 2015

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smPreservingFeb20130101t.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, 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.

smPreservingFeb20130124.jpgThe February Winter Preserving workshops will be a citrus extravaganza and include:

Seville orange marmalade
Moroccan preserved lemons

Spiced pickled oranges
Tangerine jam
Blood orange & port jelly

smpreservedlemonmaking0001.jpg"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!"

"The pace was just right- a good combination of a bit of the science behind preserving, a hands on approach to learning, and the opportunity to chat and discuss. I think the size of the class was ideal."

smPreservingFeb20130055t.jpgDates: Friday 6th, repeated Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2015

Time: 10am - 3pm

Location: London N5

Price: £80, or two places 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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