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WIN TWO SPACES ON OUR ALL DAY BRITISH SUMMER CLASS

We’re celebrating that today finally feels a bit more like summer by giving away two spaces on our All Day British Summer cooking class taking place this Saturday, 9th July, 9.30am – 2.30pm.

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You’ll be using beautiful seasonal ingredients to cook up a delicious summery British feast before sitting down at the end of the class to enjoy all that you’ve made with a glass of English sparkling wine.

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Great British Chefs at Cookery School

On Friday we were pleased to welcome Great British Chefs’ Cook School to our kitchens. GBC Cook School is an opportunity for a select group of bloggers and keen cooks to have a hands-on lesson from the top chefs that feature on their website. 

Friday’s chef was Adam Gray from Skylon. Here’s Adam in action rolling out bread for his mackerel dish:

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We started with fresh mackerel wrapped in bread that was rolled out flat then pan fried so it’s crispy and just cooked then served with rhubarb.

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Earth Day at Cookery School

Here at Cookery School, sustainability is not just a buzzword but has always been part of our ethos, even prior to the advent of wonderful organisations like the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) and Sustainable Fish City who push us to do even more. We are proud to be the only London cookery school with the maximum three stars from the SRA.

Facts about Cookery School

  • Over 75% of our ingredients is
    sourced locally.

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Spicy hot cross bun recipe

The daffodils are out, the lambs are a leaping and it is definitely time for a hot cross bun or five! This is our extra spiced version. If you want to jazz it up further, you can add stem ginger or sour cherries, like one of our Cooks’ Certificate students did when she made these at home. 

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SPICY HOT CROSS BUNS

400g/1 lb plain flour 
50g/2 oz caster sugar 
1 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons each cinnamon and nutmeg
12g/½ oz dried instant yeast
75g/3 oz currants softened by pouring over boiling water then draining
25g/1 oz chopped candied peel
250ml/8ozs pint milk and water (equal quantities of both)
50g/2 oz melted butter or sunflower seed oil
1 egg

Cross paste
3 tablespoons flour 

Glaze:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water

METHOD

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Mushroom pate recipe

As it is Meat Free Week we thought we would share with you our deeply delicious mushroom pate recipe. Even if you are a meat eater, this pate has such a rich flavour you won’t even notice it is vegetarian. Perfect with crudites or spread on sourdough bread.

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MUSHROOM PATE RECIPE:

225g/8ozs mushrooms
30g/1 oz butter or sunflower seed oil if preferred
1 clove of garlic,

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What goes into planning a class at Cookery School?

A good example of this exercise is our Ultimate Baking class which we called ‘The Ultimate’ because we consider it to be just that with so many different techniques and flavours to enjoy.

Putting a class together is tricky as it involves much thought and choice making but is even trickier when overwhelmed by the wonderful treats within the British bakery repertoire. We approached it by asking ourselves what foods we would like to eat on a typically British High tea and what worthwhile techniques we would be acquiring. 

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Cookery School country suppliers

Our sustainability award is still hot news and, whilst we are in the centre of London with not a moo, cluck or baa to be heard, we are grateful to our countryside suppliers for providing us with wonderful produce : 

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Cookery School suppliers

We are still excited by our most sustainable cookery school award.  Being runner up with such illustrious competitors as Daylesford Organic and River Cottage is an honour.  As we are in the middle of London with heavy traffic pollution and surrounded by buildings rather than fields with grazing cattle and clucking poultry, our suppliers are more important than ever.  Recycling is imperative as we have little room for storage so First Mile have aided us in this.

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Caprice Holdings at Cookery School

We had great fun last Friday with Tim and Phil from Caprice Holdings. The Ivy’s Christmas soufflé they made was sensational. We all absolutely loved it!

We are very excited about doing the series of early 2015 classes with them at Cookery School. 

Classes
· The Taste of The Ivy: learn to recreate classic dishes from The Ivy (30 January 2015, 10am to 1.30pm);

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