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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January 2017

Knife Skills – Friday 27th January 2017

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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February 2017

Easy Patisserie – Thursday 2nd February 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom

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 – Friday 3rd February 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Pie and Beer with Shotover Brewery – Sunday 5th February 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

Anytime is pie time!  And what goes with pie? Beer, obviously. So in this class we’re covering both options. Sophie will be teaching you how to make some glorious pies: we’re thinking classics like fitchett pie (apple and lamb) or homity pie (leek and potato), or perhaps a handsome Cumberland Tart, or maybe even succulent venison pasties. Our fabulous beer expert, Mattias Sjoberg of the marvellous local Shotover Brewing Company, will be talking and tasting you through a selection of…

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Bread for Beginners – Friday 10th February 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Latin American Vegetarian – Thursday 16th February 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Tuscan Farmhouse Kitchen – Sunday 19th February 2017

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

The country food of Tuscany is simple and satisfying, based on great ingredients and centuries of tradition. Though we can’t provide the open hearth and roaring fire of the farmhouse, we will be recreating a tableful of Tuscan classics, which may include crostini, faraona alle noci e uva polenta (guinea fowl with walnuts and grapes, served with polenta), fagioli al’uccelletto (Tuscan beans in sage-scented tomato sauce), and torta squisita (an exquisite ricotta tart).

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Olive Oil Tasting and Cooking, with Nancy Gilchrist MW – Friday 24th February 2017

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

Olive oil still reigns strong as the high priestess of all oils, delicious, healthy, and all but ubiquitous, despite trends for rapeseed, coconut and other oils. What makes it so special? Why are some olive oils phenomenally expensive, and others verging on cheap? Join us for an evening of sheer olivey indulgence, tasting and comparing oils with the wonderful Nancy Gilchrist, and cooking savoury and sweet dishes enhanced by lashings of olive oil. The menu may include dishes such as…

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March 2017

Middle Eastern Mezze – Thursday 2nd March 2017

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Walnuts, Spice and Irresistible Cheesebread – The Amazing Cooking of Georgia – Sunday 5th March 2017

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

Have you ever tasted Khachapuri, warm, golden, oozing cheesebread like nothing you’ve ever come across before? Or bitten into a tender pomegranate-flecked aubergine roll filled with fragrant walnut paste? Georgian cooking is surely the best kept culinary secret in Europe, but our wonderful teacher, Lia Chokoshvili, is ready to open the door for you. In this class we’ll learn about her upbringing in Georgia, her love of her native food, and how to make Georgian spiced chicken (Kharcho), or lamb with herbs and rhubarb, as well as…

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Spring Pasta – Thursday 9th March 2017

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

With the start of the glorious spring ingredients, what better way to use them than to rustle up perfect homemade pasta? In this class we'll soon have you kneading, rolling and shaping like a pro. Dishes may include spring delights such as asparagus, horseradish and lemon tortellini, spinach and smoked salmon ravioli or simple and elegant stained glass pasta in a tangy puttanesca sauce, all washed down with a glass of vino.

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South East Asian Vegetarian – Friday 10th March 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Italian Vegetarian – Thursday 16th March 2017

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

Italy gets a bad rap for its approach to vegetarians, along the lines of 'okay, I'll make chicken'. We're here to rectify the situation. We'll be making a meat-free, typically generous Italian feast.  From a rib-sticking ribollita to a scrumptious sformato (a baked vegetable, béchamel delight) to a perfect spring homemade pasta, there are myriad options to make the most of those glorious Italian flavours, all washed down with a glass of vino.

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Sushi with Chika Hayashi – Friday 17th March 2017

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

It takes a decade and more to learn to be a good sushi chef, but in just a couple of hours our wonderful Japanese teacher, Chika Hayashi, will teach you how to create simple home sushi, which taste infinitely better than anything you will buy in a supermarket. Learn how to cook and season rice perfectly, how to roll and cut your sushi, and how to present it in elegant Japanese fashion (including, if you are lucky, a spot of…

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Cuisine de Provence – Sunday 19th March 2017

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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, time permitting, the classic pompe a…

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Spice is Nice – Thursday 23rd March 2017

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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 – 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

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

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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Samar’s Korean Kitchen – Wednesday 12th April 2017 – ONE PLACE REMAINING

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom

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

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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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

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

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 – FULLY BOOKED

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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

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

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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
St Luke’s, Canning Crescent
Oxford, OX1 4XB

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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Paneer to Panko Vegetarian – Friday 19th May 2017

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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 – ONE PLACE REMAINING

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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

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

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

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 (class repeated Thursday 29th June)

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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

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 – ONE PLACE REMAINING

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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

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

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

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
Jericho Cheese Company, 25 Little Clarendon Street
Oxford, OX1 2HU

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
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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 – FULLY BOOKED

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Totally Vegetarian – Thursday 27th July 2017

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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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Cuisine de Provence – Friday 28th July 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

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 – FULLY BOOKED

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Luke’s, Canning Crescent
Oxford, OX1 4XB

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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Italian Islands – Friday 17th November 2017

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Moroccan Magic – Thursday 23rd November 2017

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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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
St Luke’s, Canning Crescent
Oxford, OX1 4XB

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
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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 – Friday 15th September 2017

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Liqueurs, Oils, and Vinegars at Demijohn – Sunday 17th September 2017

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Demijohn, 20 Little Clarendon St
Oxford, OX1 2HP

Stepping into Demijohn is like entering a thrilling apothecary’s shop full of promise. In this class we get the chance to revel in that promise. We’ll be tasting and cooking amongst the shelves of potbellied glass demijohns, charged with exquisitely flavoured liquid. As well as liqueurs and gins and whiskies, there are single estate extra virgin olive oils from Portugal, Tuscany and Corfu, and sweet sharp traditional balsamic and fruit vinegars. Recipes may include a sensational white truffle pasta with walnut and…

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A Swedish Smörgåsbord with Claire Andersson – Thursday 21st September 2017

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

The Swedish smorgasbord is a thing of great joy, with its marvellous array of hot and cold dishes, from herrings and any number of fish dishes, through to tender meatballs (kottbullar) or pyttipanna, potato and meat hash. Rodbetssalladand other sweet sharp sharp salads, cheeses and fresh rye bread and crispbreads fill the gaps. Chef Claire Andersson married into a Swedish family, learning to cook classic smorgasbord dishes from her mother-in-law and local friends. In this class, she’ll teach us how…

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Macarons and More – Friday 22nd September 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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 Gaye Perry of the wonderful Real Macaron Company (www.therealmacaroncompany.com) will guide you through the techniques needed to achieve those delicate little almond shells as you bake, answering questions and troubleshooting, as…

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Latin American Vegetarian – Thursday 28th September 2017

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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 – FULLY BOOKED – CLASS REPEATED ON FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2017

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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 – FULLY BOOKED

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Easy Patisserie – Thursday 5th October 2017 – FULLY BOOKED

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Totally Vegetarian – Friday 6th October 2017

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Asafetida to Jaggery: an Introduction to Gujarati Cuisine with Samar Khatiwala – Sunday 8th October 2017

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Middle Eastern Mezze – Thursday 12th October 2017

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Tapas – Sunday 15th October 2017

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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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Fishy on a Dishy – Friday 20th October 2017

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

If you are anxious about cooking fish or merely looking for some new ways to present it, then this is the course for you. We’ll run from the simplest fried fillets with a spirited salsa verde to the complexity of a chorizo, tomato and seafood stew with sherry. Dishes may include Japanese style cod with miso and ginger, Indian fish curry with coconut milk and lime, pesce all'acqua pazza (fish in 'crazy water')… all based on the freshest catch of…

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Autumn Pasta – Friday 27th October 2017

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

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, smoked salmon tortellini and stained glass pasta with figs and chilli.

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Tuscan Farmhouse Kitchen – Sunday 29th October 2017

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford,

The country food of Tuscany is simple and satisfying, based on great ingredients and centuries of tradition. Though we can’t provide the open hearth and roaring fire of the farmhouse, we will be recreating a tableful of Tuscan classics, which may include crostini, faraona alle noci e uva polenta (guinea fowl with walnuts and grapes, served with polenta), fagioli al’uccelletto (Tuscan beans in sage-scented tomato sauce), and torta squisita (an exquisite ricotta tart).

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November 2017

South East Asian Vegetarian – Thursday 2nd November 2017

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Lemongrass, Lime, and Chilli – Friday 3rd November 2017 FULLY BOOKED

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Knife Skills – Thursday 9th November 2017

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Sushi with Chika Hayashi – Sunday 12th November 2017

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

It takes a decade and more to learn to be a good sushi chef, but in just a couple of hours our wonderful Japanese teacher, Chika Hayashi, will teach you how to create simple home sushi, which taste infinitely better than anything you will buy in a supermarket. Learn how to cook and season rice perfectly, how to roll and cut your sushi, and how to present it in elegant Japanese fashion (including, if you are lucky, a spot of…

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Eastern Mediterranean Vegetarian – Sunday 19th November 2017

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Paneer to Panko Vegetarian – Sunday 26th November 2017

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Bread for Beginners – Thursday 30th November 2017

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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December 2017

Spice is Nice – Friday 1st December 2017

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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 – Sunday 3rd December 2017 FULLY BOOKED

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

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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Edible Christmas Presents – Sunday 10th December 2017

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TBC Oxford,

What do you give the person who has everything, or your helpful next-door neighbour, or the unexpected guest who arrives brandishing lavishly wrapped gifts? Your own artfully made, prettily decorated, edible delights, that’s what. Perhaps a lush jar of fruits in Earl Grey and brandy syrup, or a little box of melt-in-the-mouth pecan snowball biscuits, smooth savoury nut butters, decadent fudge, warming chutney, or some fluffy, light-as-air marshmallows? Join us to discover how to create your own delicious gifts ready…

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