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Turn Back The Clock – How lessons from the past can help our future

Turn back the clock

 

It’s time to turn back the clock! We have been wondering about the past at Cookery School, as many of you who follow us on social media, loved this photo from the 1960’s of our founder Rosalind Rathouse, outside of Sainsbury’s with her husband proudly carrying sturdy paper bags. Those were the days when plastic bags and plastic packaging were not an issue.

Kitchen Storage

If we turn back the clock fifty years people managed in kitchens without products like cling film. 

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Cooking with kids is the best recipe – build confidence, skills and have fun!

Cooking with kids

Our top reasons why kids should be cooking from an early age

Plus, a family friendly recipe with lots of tasks for the little ones to do!

Build Skills

Reading, counting, measuring, shaping, timing, to name a few – there are so many skills that can be developed in cookery, from simple recipes to more complex dishes for the ambitious mini Mary Berry at home! It may start off a little messy but kids will learn lifelong skills,

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RECIPE: Veganuary Vegan Chocolate Mousse

 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Veganuary 2020 has arrived! According to the organisers of Veganuary since 2014, they have inspired and supported more than half a million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. Here’s a delicious vegan treat of vegan chocolate mousse to get you inspired!

INGREDIENTS

100g/3.5oz 55% chocolate in discs or broken into small pieces
30ml/1fl oz extra-virgin olive oil (a fruity one,

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RECIPE: Rhubarb crumble

rhubarb crumble

Try our delicious seasonal rhubarb crumble recipe, we love the bright pink colour of rhubarb at this time of the year. Make a delicious compote and top it with our gorgeous crumble.

Rhubarb crumble recipe

Rhubarb compote

Ingredients

-1kg/2.5lb rhubarb
-250g/10ozs sugar (more sugar may be required if the fruit is sharp)

Method

1.

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Baking and Breaking Bread with Dan Lepard

Dan Lepard and students

We always love to welcome one of the most respected authorities on baking, Dan Lepard, into Cookery School. His sourdough baking classes with us remain extremely popular thanks not only to Dan’s extensive knowledge, but also to the style of his teaching.

We caught up with Dan to find out some of the secrets to his success, what he feels are some of the trends within bread making and why he enjoys teaching here at Cookery School…

Q:What are some of the most surprising things you have learnt from teaching people how to bake bread?

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RECIPE: Celeriac Soup

celeriac soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of warming celeriac soup. Celeriac came to Britain in the 18th century and is now a versatile winter staple. Did you know – celeriac can be roasted, stewed, blanched, mashed or eaten raw, in in soups, salads, casseroles, and other savoury dishes.

CELERIAC SOUP

INGREDIENTS

300g/12oz celeriac cut into +2″ pieces

2 large onions coarsely chopped

4 tablespoons olive oil

8 cups of vegetable or chicken stock

If desired 1 large baking potato cubed small

freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Fry the onions in the oil until they are a golden brown.

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Healthy Eco-Friendly Eating – Our Top Titbits!

eco-friendly eating

To kick start 2020 we’re sharing some top tips for a healthy eco-friendly approach to eating delicious food all year round!

Batch cooking, or meal prep, is a great way to ensure you’re eating well, saving money and most importantly, improving your cooking skills! And it doesn’t mean you have to eat the same food five days straight. You can enjoy a wide variety of dishes without too much effort.

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Recipe: New Year’s Parmesan Biscuits

 

Parmesan biscuits

New Year’s is a time for celebration, so spend less time in the kitchen this year and keep things simple and whip up a batch of our loved Parmesan biscuits. These delicious Parmesan biscuits are perfect for those who prefer savoury over sweet and can be served as snacks, nibbles or as a base for a creative canape. An alternative for these biscuits is our cheese straws which you can learn to make in our Pastry class.

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RECIPE: Cranberry & Orange Sauce

cranberry and orange sauce

CRANBERRY AND ORANGE SAUCE

Cranberry and orange sauce is a fruity Christmas classic that pairs with anything from roast turkey, to ham, to a nut roast and spices up a Boxing Day feast of cold meat and pickles.

Ingredients:

250g/8 ozs cranberries
125g/4 ozs sugar
125ml/4 ozs water
Juice of an orange
Rind of on orange
Grand Marnier or Cointreau to taste if desired

Method:

1.

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Christmas Baking with Dan Lepard

Dan Lepard

With a dramatic increase in independent bakeries in the last five years across the UK and as our love affair with Great British Bake Off continues, the rise in professional and home artisan baking seems to be here to stay.

For over a decade we’ve been baking with award-winning baker and food writer Dan Lepard, who has inspired and taught thousands of students coming through the Cookery School doors.

Due to the mad rush to get onto our Christmas baking class we added an additional date – the 15th December,

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