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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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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September 2018

Eastern Mediterranean Vegetarian

September 6 @ 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, baked  spinach eggah , 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Friday, 7th September 2018

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

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BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Sunday, 16th September 2018

September 16 @ 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), fougasse, 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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Easy Patisserie – Thursday, 20th September 2018

September 20 @ 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 of  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 (some of) them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can! The talented Rachel Grenville-Hunt of Rachel's Apron will teach you the essentials.  

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Noodles, Lemongrass and Coriander: Ai-Linh’s Vietnamese Home Cooking – Saturday, 22nd September 2018

September 22 @ 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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Sophie’s Mexican/Oxford Kitchen – Thursday, 27th September 2017

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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For the first 6 months of this year, Sophie's Oxford kitchen became the creative power house for a young Mexican chef, Roman Suarez and his partner Florrie Grigson .   From them she learnt to make fabulous black bean and avocado leaf tamales, chilaquiles verde (home fried tortilla crisps with chicken and salsa verde), gorditas (which translates as 'little tubby ones' )  Flan, creme caramel Mexican-style and so much more.  They've headed back to Mexico, leaving Sophie with their secrets for…

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October 2018

FABULOUS AUTUMN PASTA – 5th October 2018

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Autumn is the perfect time to be making pasta.   With nights drawing in, there is little more  satisfying than conjuring up your own beautiful pasta shapes to partner with the rich flavours of early autumn.   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, pumpkin tortellini and our favourite, stained glass pasta with plump purple figs…

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SENSATIONAL SUSHI WITH CHIKA – Sunday, 7th October 2018

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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 PROVENÇAL COOKING – Thursday, 11th October 2018

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Provençal cooking is exuberantly Southern, with its fabulous tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and abundant herbs. 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  pissaldière,  with its cargo of tomatoes, anchovies and olives, a surprising bouillabaisse de poulet, a beautiful vegetable tian, and possibly a decadent orange and olive oil cake.

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KOREAN CLASSICS WITH SAMAR – Sunday, 14th October 2018

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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. We are so excited to be able to bring  you this Korean cookery class, taught by the incredibly knowledgeable Samar Khatiwala. With his help, you will be conjuring up classic dishes…

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LEMONGRASS LIME AND CHILLI – Wednesday, 17th October 2018

October 17 @ 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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LATIN-AMERICAN VEGETARIAN – 18th October 2018

October 18 @ 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 chilaquiles with black beans and salsa verde, or refried beans with avocado and spiced salsa, or a zestfull watermelon, and chayote salad.

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November 2018

EASY PATISSERIE SHOWSTOPPERS – Thursday, 1st November 2018

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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Patisserie is a world of  elegant and decadent pastries and cakes -  beautiful morsels almost too good to eat but  so tempting you eat them anyway. Rachel Grenville-Hunt, of Rachel's Apron, will take you by the hand, and lead you into her world of gorgeous (but relatively easy to make, once you know how) sweetness, teaching you how to make Craquelin topped raspberry choux buns and a stunning Fraisier cake, a masterwork of strawberries, creme mousseline and genoise sponge.

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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Friday, 9th November 2018

November 9 @ 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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Walnuts, Spice and Cheesebread – The Amazing Cooking of Georgia – Sunday, 11th November 2018

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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INDIAN MUGHAL COOKING with Anita Chipalkatty – 25th November 2018

November 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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The Mughals ruled much of  India for over three hundred years, and part of their permanent legacy is their remarkable cuisine.   They liked their food to be rich and richly flavoured,  often cooking dishes to impress with their stock of rare and aromatic spices, blending milk and nuts into sauces and sweet delicacies to impart luxurious flavours and scents. In this class Anita will be showing you how to make Mughlai classics such as a real Korma, or a lush…

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December 2018

MACARONS with Gaye Perry – Sunday, 2nd December 2018

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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Home-made jewel-like macarons make a wonderful Christmas present, or just a treat for you, your friends, your family.  . Beautiful and delicious and frankly, somewhat temperamental, macarons 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 perfect little almond shells, answering questions and troubleshooting, as well as creating some luxurious fillings to complement them.

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January 2019

BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Thursday, 10th January 2019

10/01/2019 @ 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), fougasse, 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Friday, 11th January 2019

11/01/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe 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), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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February 2019

EASY PATISSERIE – Friday, 1st February 2019

01/02/2019 @ 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 of  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 (some of) them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can! The talented Rachel Grenville-Hunt of Rachel's Apron will lead you through the essentials.

Find out more »

PROVENÇAL COOKING – Friday, 8th February 2019

08/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford, + Google Map

Provençal cooking is exuberantly Southern, with its fabulous tomatoes, anchovies, garlic and abundant herbs. 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  pissaldière,  with its cargo of tomatoes, anchovies and olives, a surprising bouillabaisse de poulet, a beautiful vegetable tian, and possibly a decadent orange and olive oil cake.    

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