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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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 – SOLD OUT 11th January 2019

11/01/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe Oxford, + Google Map

SOLD OUT - SOLD OUT - SOLD OUT 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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SOPHIE’S MEXICAN/OXFORD KITCHEN – Friday, 25TH January 2019

25/01/2019 @ 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 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…

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February 2019

EASY PATISSERIE – Friday, 1st February 2019 – SOLD OUT

01/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT - BUT HOW ABOUT TRYING THE EASY PATISSERIE SHOWSTOPPERS CLASS ON 21ST FEBRUARY INSTEAD? 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…

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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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LEMONGRASS LIME AND CHILLI – 9th February 2019 -SOLD OUT

09/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT - BUT THERE'S ANOTHER LEMONGRASS LIME AND CHILLI CLASS ON 16TH MARCH. 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…

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Easy Patisserie Showstoppers! – Thursday, 21st February 2019

21/02/2019 @ 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

22/02/2019 @ 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

23/02/2019 @ 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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March 2019

Macarons with Gaye Perry – Sunday, 3rd March 2019

03/03/2019 @ 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

10/03/2019 @ 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 – 16th March 2019

16/03/2019 @ 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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Spring Pasta – Sunday, 17th March 2019

17/03/2019 @ 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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Tapas – Friday, 22nd March 2019

22/03/2019 @ 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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