Classes are suitable from absolutely anyone, from beginner to confident cook. We hold the classes in pop-up venues in and around Oxford, and each class in 2.5-3 hours long. All ingredients and equipment are provided – just bring yourself, and come along to enjoy cooking and eating together.

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March 2017

Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Thursday 30th March 2017 – ONE PLACE REMAINING

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Beef Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy),  Vietnamese Bo Nhung Dam, a Vietnamese hotpot, simmered in an aromatic vinegar broth, or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung…

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April 2017

Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Thursday 6th April 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Beef Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy),  Vietnamese Bo Nhung Dam, a Vietnamese hotpot, simmered in an aromatic vinegar broth, or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung…

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New Italian Ingredients – Friday 7th April 2017

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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So there’s extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pecorino in your pantry, but in this class we’re introducing the new Italian classics that are finally filtering their way over to us. We’ll be tasting and cooking some of Italy’s more hidden treasures, like fabulously rich and decadent burrata (a rich cross between buffalo mozzarella and heaven), salty Colatura (a direct descendent from Roman garum), sweet-sharp syrupy saba (reduced grape must), coconut-scented fig leaf oil, and lardo (pork fatback cured…

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Totally Vegetarian – Sunday 9th April 2017

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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We love our vegetarian classes but this may just be our favourite.  A celebration of all things vegetable and meat-free, this is an evening for vegetarians and omnivores in search of new, vibrant and satisfying flavours. Dishes may include tatin of goats cheese and shallot, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, or watercress bhajis with watercress coconut chutney. Really one not to be missed!

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Samar’s Korean Kitchen – Wednesday 12th April 2017

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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We are so excited to be bringing you our first Korean cookery class, taught by the incredibly knowledgeable Samar Khatiwala.  Korean food has taken the world by storm over the past decade. And no wonder. While best known for kimchi (spicy, fermented cabbage), there’s a lot more to this ancient culinary tradition, which incorporates Japanese and Chinese influences to result in one of the world’s tastiest and healthiest cuisines. And an approachable one, too, as we’ll see in this class,…

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Easy Patisserie – Thursday 13th April 2017

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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If you drool at the sight of a tray beautiful patisserie, at those lovely éclairs lined up in sugary rows, or at the neat rectangles of high-stacked creamy-filled mille-feuilles, at the mousses and tartelettes filled with glazed strawberries, then book quickly, and join us to learn how to make them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can!

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Tapas – Thursday 20th April 2017

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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The Spanish have perfected the art of grazing with their delightful tapas. In this class we’ll be doing just the same, rustling up our own array of small dishes to enjoy with a glass or two of Rioja. There are so many to choose from, but we may well include a bite or two of chorizo braised in cider, little empanadas (pies) filled with salt cod, croquetas (potato croquettes), albondigas (meatballs), spinach with chickpeas,  and more.

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Latin American Vegetarian – Thursday 27th April 2017

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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From the homelands of avocados, potatoes, tomatoes, and chillis, comes a delicious array of meat free recipes. In this class we’ll be harvesting a clutch of them – perhaps some irresistible Colombian corn arepas (breads) with molten cheese, or fried eggs, avocado and spiced salsa, or a steaming bowl of Cuban black bean soup, Chipotle and Corn Quesadillas, or tongue tingling chiles rellenos, stuffed chillies.

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Bread for Beginners – Friday 28th April 2017

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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This is the course that proves that you do have both the time and the skill to bake your own bread.  We’ll be kneading and shaping and baking a range of yeast-breads including such delights as pitta breads (so much better than supermarket packaged versions), foccacia, and the quickest and most more-ish wholemeal bread. It won’t be long before the yeasty scent of freshly baked wafts seductively through your house!

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Noodles, Lemongrass, and Coriander: Vietnamese Home Cooking with Ai-Linh – Sunday 30th April 2017

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Vietnamese food is a thrilling combination of fresh, vibrant flavours, seasoned with enthusiasm and delight. In this class our new Vietnamese teacher, Ai-Linh Tran, will be showing us how to make the dishes she has loved ever since she was a small child. There’s a lot to choose from, but we hope to be cooking Gỏi cuốn, soft summer rolls with their cargo of fresh mint and coriander, served with bún sauce, lamb with lemongrass, and the utterly delicious Vietnamese…

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May 2017

Spice is Nice – Thursday 4th May 2017

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

In this class we’ll cover the essentials of how to get the best out of spices, both familiar and less well known. We’ll cover basic techniques, like dry-frying and tempering, look at buying and storage, grinding and blending to make our own curry powders and spice mixes. Naturally we’ll conjure up some amazing spice scented dishes. We’ll travel from the wonderful black curry of Sri Lanka, or a sharp smoky-sweet Keralan prawn curry, around the spiced world, taking in, maybe,…

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Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Friday 5th May 2017

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

One of our favourite classes: in this course we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Beef Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy),  Vietnamese Bo Nhung Dam, a Vietnamese hotpot, simmered in an aromatic vinegar broth, or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung…

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Moroccan Magic – Wednesday 10th May 2017

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

The cooking of Morocco is full of sublime flavours and scents, subtle, sensual and seductive. In this class we’ll be pulling out all the stops to create our own small moment of Arabian magic. Of course there will be a tagine, probably the divine Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives, then a handful of Morocco’s delicious, unsung salads (za’alouk, carrot with rosewater, grilled pepper with preserved lemon), and to finish, perfumed, syrup-sweet pastries, and cool fresh oranges laced with cinnamon…

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Wok and Roll – Thursday 18th May 2017

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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A good wok is a modern kitchen essential and in this class we show you not only how to get the best out of it, but also how to choose and care for a wok in the first place. Recipes may include stir-fried garlic stems and shitake,  moo-shu pork, stir-fried lamb with sweet potato or lemon velvet chicken. If you have a neglected wok in the back of a cupboard, dust it off, bring it along and we’ll restore it…

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Paneer to Panko Vegetarian – Friday 19th May 2017

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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For inspiring vegetarian cooking, we need to look East, where meatless eating has long been a norm. India, China, and Japan provide a treasure trove of great dishes based on curds, pulses, vegetables, spices and herbs. With amazing ingenuity, simple foods are transformed in a myriad of ways. In this class we’ll be exploring this richness, making dishes such as paneer for a butter paneer curry, frying up an exquisite Japanese Aubergine Nanban, panko coated vegetables with matcha salt, or…

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Middle Eastern Mezze – Thursday 25th May 2017

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

The sheer creativity of the cooks who feed the nations of the Middle East is at its enticing best in the little dishes that start so many meals. We’ll be creating our own mezze, with rich smoky aubergine dips like baba ganoush to deep brick red muhammara, Lebanese pumpkin kibbeh, or Turkish grilled mussels with skordalia (garlicky potato ‘mayo’), lacmahcun mini-pizzas topped with lamb and pinenuts, a proper herb heavy tabbouleh with its scattering of bulgur, or any one of…

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Italian Islands – Friday 26th May 2017

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

We're dreaming of an Italian summer and sating our cravings with a whistlestop tour of the Italian islands. We might do a Moddizzosu (Sardinian potato foccaccia) or a scrumptious Sicilian maccheroni with cauliflower, anchovies and saffron. Almost certainly we will round of the night with a fabulous Torta Caprese (a chocolatey, gluten-free delight from Capri) and wash the whole lot down with a refreshing glass of Italian vino.  Come and join us for a typically generous Italian feast - buon…

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Eastern Mediterranean Vegetarian – Wednesday 31st May 2017

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

From Greece through Turkey, all the way round to the shores of Israel, the basics of daily fare are luscious vegetables, sustaining beans and lentils, salty cheeses and of course, the best olive oil. In this class well be embracing the likes of Aleppo-style ful (beans) with tahini and chilli, Lebanese spinach and sumac pastries, Greek three cheese filo pie, grilled marinated halloumi swaddled in aubergine, Turkish slow-braised runner beans with tomato and olive oil, or the bride’s soup – ezo gelin corbasi, red lentil, bulgur and…

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June 2017

Summer Pasta – Thursday 1st June 2017

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

A repeat of what is now one of our most popular classes. Learn how to master the art of making perfect pasta - it's easy, we promise! Start by making your own pasta dough and then create beautiful dishes such as: cappelletti with artichokes, parsley, lemon and parmesan; ravioli with ricotta, lemon and mint; or goats cheese and rosemary tortellini. And of course, learn how to make the classic tomato sauce that can adapted into into many delicious sauces including…

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Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Wednesday 7th June 2017

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

One of our favourite classes: in this course we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Beef Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy),  Vietnamese Bo Nhung Dam, a Vietnamese hotpot, simmered in an aromatic vinegar broth, or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung…

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Knife Skills – Thursday 8th June 2017

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

They're the most important tools in your kitchen, but do you really know how to get the most out of your knives? Do you sharpen them regularly? Do you love them and cherish them? Can you make them work for you to create perfectly chopped onions, and julienne vegetables? In this class we'll take you through the fundamentals of knife care and use. By the end of the session you'll be chopping and dicing, knife-crushing garlic and filleting fish with confidence.

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Sausages and Beer with Shotover Brewery – Friday 23rd June 2017

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shotover Brewing Company, Coopers Yard, Manor Farm Road
Horspath, OX33 1SD
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Sausages and beer: what could be a better combination? The lovely Mattias Sjoberg from The Shotover Brewing Company is going to be playing host for this class, in which we'll make sausages in the brewery, taste Shotover's marvellous beer and learn about how it is made, then have a barbecue outside to enjoy both together. We'll take you through the first principles of sausage making, from understanding the basic ingredients and the way they work together to how to create…

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July 2017

One (Big) Step Beyond Cheese on Toast – Friday 7th July 2017

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

With Adam Verlander of The Jericho Cheese Company. If there’s one thing the British make superlatively well, it’s cheese. Better even than the French (who have a tendency to rest on their laurels). In this class we will be combining fine cheese tasting - with the incredibly knowledgeable Adam Verlander - with the creation of a gaggle of gorgeous cheese dishes that make the most of our home grown cheeses. We’re thinking of a rich and creamy aligot, made with washed-rind…

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September 2017

Basics for Beginners: Core Cooking Skills for Students and Teenagers – Part 1 – Wednesday 13th September 2017

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

We’ll begin at the very beginning. If you know someone heading off to university or a teenager who doesn’t know a spoon from a spice rack, send them to us and we’ll give them the essential grounding they need to feed themselves. We’ll cover skills from chopping an onion without chopping your fingers off, to how to prepare and cook chicken. We’ll make an essential simple tomato sauce and vary it for a myriad of quick rice, couscous and pasta…

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Basics for Beginners: Core Cooking Skills for Students and Teenagers – Part 2 – Thursday 14th September 2017

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

This second class can be taken as a standalone or in conjunction with Part 1. Recipes in this class may require the use of an oven. Here we'll tune up with more basic skills – how to prepare and roast seasonal vegetables, how to get the best out of minced beef, or how to concoct a classic white (béchamel) sauce - essential for anything from a sizzling leftovers gratin, to a full-blown lasagna or impressive soufflé. We’ll also be making…

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