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.

How to Redeem a Gift Voucher

If you are the lucky recipient of one of our vouchers, all you need to do is send us an email at sophiescookeryschool@gmail.com.  Let us know your voucher number, and which course you would like to attend.  We’ll book you straight in.

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May 2018

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 31st May 2018

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  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…

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June 2018

Noodles, Lemongrass, and Coriander: Vietnamese Home Cooking with Ai-Linh

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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For those who missed out on Ai-Linh's previous highly successful sell-out Vietnamese classes with us, we're running it again.   Vietnamese food is a thrilling combination of fresh, vibrant flavours, seasoned with enthusiasm and delight. In this class 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…

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SUMAC, ROSEWATER, POMEGRANATE MOLASSES – Thursday, 7th June 2018

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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SPICE CRAFT – Friday, 8th June 2018

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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CARIBBEAN PARTY – Friday, 15th June 2018

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Rum punch, jerk pork, curry shrimp, rice ‘n’ peas and a night under the Caribbean stars? Well, we can’t quite promise the heat and the stars, but we will show you how to cook some of the best of Caribbean cuisine and introduce you to new ingredients and flavours. This has become a hugely popular annual staple, and something of an informal birthday party for Sophie too! Join us for fabulous food and a festive atmosphere, whatever the weather!

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Real Mexican – Sunday, 17th June 2018

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Real Mexican food is fascinating, unique, delicious and so very different to anything we eat here.   Forget Tex-Mex, in this class we’re aiming for authentic, including several antojitos (literally ‘little cravings’), street foods.   So, expect such pleasures as Elote, sweetcorn with cheese and lime, pambazo, soft stuffed rolls dipped in salsa and fried, or chilaquiles verde, fried tortilla chips with a green tomatillo sauce and shredded chicken.  For the last time before they head back to  Mexico, we have Samuel…

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PRESERVES – Thursday, 21st June 2018

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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KNIFE SKILLS – Friday, 22nd June 2018

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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 – Sunday, 24th June 2018

June 24 @ 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 new flavours…

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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Thursday, 28th June 2018

June 28 @ 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, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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July 2018

SOUTH EAST ASIAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 5th July 2018

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Every adventurous vegetarian knows that Asia offers an incredible array of meat-free dishes, cooked with exuberant spices and herbs. In this class we celebrate  the fragrant, vivid flavours of South-East Asia, lemongrass, lime leaves, coriander, chilli, tamarind, galangal and all.   We’ll be cooking up dishes such as classic Vietnamese summer rolls, or golden Indonesian Corn Fritters, and a sweet-sour Malaysian potato pineapple curry, or Java’s Karedok, a crisp salad with a fabulous peanut dressing.

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BREAD PLUS – Friday, 6th July 2018

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Once you’ve mastered the basics of bread-baking, a whole new world of possibilities unfolds before you. In this class we dive into this new world, enriching doughs to create gorgeous sticky Chelsea or Cinnamon Buns, or savoury, crisp seedy Grissini, paper thin Sicilian Carta di Musica bread, or chewy, glossy bagels ready to be stuffed with smoked salmon or creamy scrambled eggs.

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KIMCHI AND KEFIR – Friday, 13th July 2018

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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PASTA MAKING – Friday, 20th July 2018

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  Making pasta is just about the most satisfying thing you can do in the kitchen and surprisingly easy.   In this class, not only do we make the dough from scratch, but we also roll and cut, shape and fill it to create dishes such as sweet potato, mint and lime ravioli, ricotta, olive and spinach tortellini and stained glass pasta with salsa cruda.  

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EASY PATISSERIE – Thursday, 26th July 2018

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY 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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August 2018

LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Sunday, 5th August 2018

August 5 @ 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, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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