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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April 2018

CUISINE DE PROVENCE – Friday, 20th April 2018

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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, time permitting, the classic pompe…

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SOUTH INDIAN SPICE (VEGETARIAN)- Sunday, 22nd April 2018

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Our award-winning mathematical cook, Samar Khatiwala, is back with a stunning menu from South India.   South India has its own distinctive cuisine, much of it vegetarian,  featuring an enticing palette of aromatics -curry leaves, ginger , tamarind and spices such as fenugreek, cumin, asafeotida.    In this  class we’ll be making some of the classics of the South Indian canon, such as steamed idlis (fermented rice and lentil dumplings), sambhar (a dal sharpened with tamarind) and coconut chutney.

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FISH FEAST – Friday, 27th April 2018

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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REAL MEXICAN – Sunday, 29th April 2018

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT! Real Mexican food is fascinating, unique, delicious and so very different to anything we eat here.   Forget Tex-Mex, in this class we’re aiming for authentic, including several antojitos (literally ‘little cravings’), street foods.   So, expect such pleasures as Elote, sweetcorn with cheese and lime, pambazo, soft stuffed rolls dipped in salsa and fried, or chilaquiles verde, fried tortilla chips with a green tomatillo sauce and shredded chicken.  Hot-foot from Mexico, we have Samuel Suarez and Florrie…

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May 2018

ITALIAN ISLANDS – Thursday, 3rd May 2018

May 3 @ 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – Friday, 4th May 2018 – SOLD OUT

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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All sold out - but there's another class on 28th June 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…

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TAPAS – Friday, 11th May 2018

May 11 @ 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 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, a classic tortilla, salmorejo (gazpacho's sturdier cousin) or  albondigas (meatballs), spinach with chickpeas,  and more.

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EASY PATISSERIE – Thursday, 17th May 2018

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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  If you drool at the sight of a tray beautiful patisserie, at those lovely éclairs lined up in sugary rows, or at the neat rectangles of high-stacked creamy-filled mille-feuilles, at the mousses and tartelettes filled with glazed strawberries, then book quickly, and join us to learn how to make them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can!

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VEGETARIAN VOYAGE – from India to Japan – Friday, 18th May 2018

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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 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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PASTA MAKING – Sunday, 20th May 2018

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

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MACARONS WITH GAYE PERRY – Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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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 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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BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Thursday, 24th May 2018

May 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), 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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EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 31st May 2018

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  From Greece through Turkey, all the way round to the shores of Israel, the basics of daily fare are luscious vegetables, sustaining beans and lentils, salty cheeses and of course, the best olive oil. In this class well be embracing the likes of Aleppo-style ful (beans) with tahini and chilli, Lebanese spinach and sumac pastries, Greek three cheese filo pie, grilled marinated halloumi swaddled in aubergine, Turkish slow-braised runner beans with tomato and olive oil, or the bride’s soup – ezo gelin corbasi, red lentil, bulgur…

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June 2018

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

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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For those who missed out on Ai-Linh's previous highly successful sell-out Vietnamese classes with us, we're running it again.   Vietnamese food is a thrilling combination of fresh, vibrant flavours, seasoned with enthusiasm and delight. In this class Ai-Linh Tran, will be showing us how to make the dishes she has loved ever since she was a small child. There’s a lot to choose from, but we hope to be cooking Gỏi Cuốn, soft summer rolls with their cargo of fresh…

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

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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The cooking of Morocco is full of sublime flavours and scents, subtle, sensual and seductive. In this class we’ll be pulling out all the stops to create our own small moment of Arabian magic. Of course there will be a tagine, probably the divine Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives, then a handful of Morocco’s delicious, unsung salads (za’alouk, carrot with rosewater, grilled pepper with preserved lemon), and to finish, perfumed, syrup-sweet pastries, and cool fresh oranges laced with cinnamon…

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SPICE CRAFT – Friday, 8th June 2018

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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In this class we’ll cover the essentials of how to get the best out of spices, both familiar and less well known. We’ll cover basic techniques, like dry-frying and tempering, look at buying and storage, grinding and blending to make our own curry powders and spice mixes. Naturally we’ll conjure up some amazing spice scented dishes. We’ll travel from the wonderful black curry of Sri Lanka, or a sharp smoky-sweet Keralan prawn curry, around the spiced world, taking in, maybe,…

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CARIBBEAN PARTY – Friday, 15th June 2018

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

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PRESERVES – Thursday, 21st June 2018

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

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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They’re the most important tools in your kitchen, but do you really know how to get the most out of your knives? Do you sharpen them regularly? Do you love them and cherish them? Can you make them work for you to create perfectly chopped onions, and julienne vegetables? In this class we’ll take you through the fundamentals of knife care and use. By the end of the session you’ll be chopping and dicing, knife-crushing garlic and filleting fish with confidence.

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SAUSAGES AND BEER WITH SHOTOVER BREWERY – Sunday, 24th June 2018

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shotover Brewing Company, Coopers Yard, Manor Farm Road
Horspath, OX33 1SD
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Sausages and beer: what could be a better combination? The lovely Mattias Sjoberg from The Shotover Brewing Company is going to be playing host for this class, in which we’ll make sausages in the brewery, taste Shotover’s marvellous beer and learn about how it is made, then have a barbecue outside to enjoy both together. We’ll take you through the first principles of sausage making, from understanding the basic ingredients and the way they work together to how to create new flavours…

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

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course, we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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July 2018

SOUTH EAST ASIAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 5th July 2018

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

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BREAD PLUS – Friday, 6th July 2018

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

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KIMCHI AND KEFIR – Friday, 13th July 2018

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

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

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EASY PATISSERIE – Thursday, 26th July 2018

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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If you drool at the sight of a tray beautiful patisserie, at those lovely éclairs lined up in sugary rows, or at the neat rectangles of high-stacked creamy-filled mille-feuilles, at the mousses and tartelettes filled with glazed strawberries, then book quickly, and join us to learn how to make them yourself, and how to rustle up your own unique patisserie creations. Oh yes, you can!

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August 2018

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

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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One of our favourite classes: in this course, we start with the classic Southeast Asian core ingredients of lemongrass, lime, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and more, and use them to create a tableful of gloriously energising dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Join us to cook up and savour dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang (cooked in a rich dark coconut gravy), or the outrageously more-ish Perkedel Jagung  (Indonesian corn fritters).

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