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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February 2019

Easy Patisserie Showstoppers! – Thursday, 21st February 2019

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH 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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Essential Knife Skills – Friday, 22nd February 2019

February 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 boning chicken (or fish) with confidence.  

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Montalbano’s Sicilian Menu – 23rd February 2019 – ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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jUST 1 PLACE LEFT! An evening inspired by Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano's dedication to his island's fine cooking.   But you don't need to have read the novels or watched the television series' to join us.  Tonight we  will be creating Sicilian dishes such as arancini (filled rice balls), capponata (aubergine relish), pasta 'ncasciata (baked with cheeses, tomato and egg) or alle sarde (with fresh sardines) , rabbit alla cacciatore or tonno alla stemperata (with sweet-sour onions and capers).

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March 2019

Macarons with Gaye Perry – Sunday, 3rd March 2019

March 3 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Home-made jewel-like macarons make a wonderful Easter 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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Eastern Mediterranean Vegetarian – Sunday, 10th March 2019

March 10 @ 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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Noodles, Lemongrass, and Coriander: Vietnamese Home Cooking with Ai-Linh

March 15 @ 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – 16th March 2019 SOLD OUT

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT - NEXT LLC ON 18TH APRIL 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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Spring Pasta – Sunday, 17th March 2019

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  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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Spice Craft – Thursday, 21st March 2019

March 21 @ 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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Tapas – Friday, 22nd March 2019

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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The Spanish have perfected the art of grazing . In this class we’ll be doing just the same, rustling up our own array of small tapas dishes to enjoy with a glass or two of Rioja. The choice is  huge, but amongst our favourites  chorizo braised in cider, a classic tortilla, salmorejo (gazpacho's sturdier cousin) or  albondigas (meatballs) or  spinach with chickpeas. Join for a gorgeously Spanish evening's cooking and eating.

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BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Sunday, 24th March 2019

March 24 @ 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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SIMPLY SUSHI WITH CHIKA – Thursday, 28th March 2019

March 28 @ 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 top 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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SOPHIE’S OXFORD/MEXICAN KITCHEN – 30TH MARCH 2019

March 30 @ 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 2018, 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 making…

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April 2019

Montalbano’s Sicilian Menu – Thursday, 4th April 2019

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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An evening inspired by Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano's dedication to his island's fine cooking.   But you don't need to have read the novels or watched the television series' to join us.  Tonight we  will be creating Sicilian dishes such as arancini (filled rice balls), capponata (aubergine relish), pasta 'ncasciata (baked with cheeses, tomato and egg) or alle sarde (with fresh sardines) , rabbit alla cacciatore or tonno alla stemperata (with sweet-sour onions and capers).

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MIDDLE EASTERN MEZZE – Wednesday, 10th April 2019

April 10 @ 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, little spinach fatayer pastries, or  lacmahcun, mini-pizzas topped with lamb and pinenuts, a proper herb heavy tabbouleh with its scattering of bulgur, or any one of the hundreds of delicious little dishes of…

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LATIN AMERICAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 11th April 2019

April 11 @ 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, corn, 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 wonderful watermelon, and chayote salad.

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Lemongrass, Lime and Chilli – 18th April, 2019

April 18 @ 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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Korean Classics with Samar – Thursday, 25th April 2019

April 25 @ 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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May 2019

EASY PATISSERIE – Thursday, 9th May 2019

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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If you drool at the sight of a tray of  beautiful patisserie, at those lovely éclairs lined up in sugary rows, or at the neat rectangles of high-stacked cream-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.

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June 2019

BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Thursday, 13th June 2019

June 13 @ 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 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.   Rachel  Grenville-Hunt, of Rachel's Apron, will be leading you through…

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