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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May 2017

Middle Eastern Mezze – Thursday 25th May 2017 – ONE PLACE REMAINING

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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
St Luke’s, Canning Crescent
Oxford, OX1 4XB
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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 and…

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June 2017

Summer Pasta – Thursday 1st June 2017

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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 – FULLY BOOKED

June 7 @ 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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Knife Skills – Thursday 8th June 2017

June 8 @ 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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Caribbean Night – Thursday 15th June 2017

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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Middle Eastern Ingredients – Thursday 22nd June 2017

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Sumac, giant couscous & pomegranate molasses - a whole welter of new Middle Eastern ingredients are busy embedding themselves in our food culture, and extremely welcome they are too. But what to do with them? How do you get the most out of them? How do you avoid the once-used bottle gathering dust at the back of the cupboard? In this class we'll make a meal of them, incorporating ingredients such as sumac, giant couscous, pomegranate molasses, date syrup, Argan…

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

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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Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Thursday 29th June 2017

June 29 @ 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),  Vietnamese Bo Nhung Dam, a Vietnamese hotpot, simmered in an aromatic vinegar broth, or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung…

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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
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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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Summer Pasta – Thursday 13th July 2017

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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Tapas – Thursday 20th July 2017

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - September 21 @ 9:00 pm
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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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Asafetida to Jaggery: an Introduction to Gujarati Cuisine with Samar Khatiwala – Sunday 23rd July 2017

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Gujarati food may be India’s best kept culinary secret. Even in a country with as diverse and fragmented a cuisine as India, Gujarati food is particularly renowned for its variety, extensive use of legumes, and distinct combination of sweet, sour and savoury flavours. In this class we’ll be making classic fare such as muthia (steamed vegetable dumplings), upma (semolina and vegetable 'pilaf'), shrikhand (strained yogurt sweet with saffron and pistachios) and dudhi chana dal – a comfort dish that will…

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Totally Vegetarian – Thursday 27th July 2017

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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Cusine de Provence – Friday 28th July 2017

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Radically different to the butter-heavy classical French tradition, Provencal cooking is exuberantly Southern, with its fabulous tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and abundant fish. Olive oil and lemons, sea and sunshine, all come together to create one of  the great Mediterranean cuisines. We’re spoilt for choice, but we think we may cook up a salty sweet pissaldiere, the French answer to pizza, spatchcock roast chicken with tapenade or anchoiade, petits farcis niçois (stuffed vegetables) and possibly a decadent orange and olive oil…

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August 2017

Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Thursday 3rd August 2017

August 3 @ 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, Chicken 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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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
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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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Bread Plus – Sunday 17th September 2017

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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Macarons and More – Friday 22nd September 2017

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The French pâtissier's macaron has become more and more popular in recent years, and yet few people are confident enough to make them at home. Beautiful and delicious, macarons are the perfect thing to bake when you want to impress, and can be made in an endless variety of flavours and colours. In this class we'll guide you through the techniques needed to achieve those delicate little almond shells as we bake them together, answering questions and troubleshooting, as well as…

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Latin American Vegetarian – Thursday 28th September 2017

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC, Oxford, + Google Map

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, rich and smokey Chilaquiles (bean and tortilla stew), the unusual and beautifully spiced Sopa Seca de Fideos (fried pasta with chillies and tomatoes), or a refreshing and bright Chayote and Watermelon Salad.  

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Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Friday 29th September 2017

September 29 @ 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, Chicken 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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October 2017

Noodles, Lemongrass, and Coriander: Vietnamese Home Cooking with Ai-Linh – Sunday 1st October 2017

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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For those who missed out on Ai-Linh's first and highly successful sell-out Vietnamese class with us, we're running it a second time. 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…

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