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 2018

Lemongrass, Lime and Chilli – 26 January 2018 – SOLD OUT

26/01/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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Cuisine de Provence – Sunday, 28th January 2018

28/01/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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JUST ONE PLACE LEFT 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, a bouillabaisse de poulet, a beautiful vegetable tian, and possibly a decadent orange and olive oil…

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February 2018

South East Asian Vegetarian – Thursday, 1st February 2018

01/02/2018 @ 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 Thai yellow vegetable curry, or Java’s Karedok, a crisp salad with a fabulous peanut dressing.

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Risotto and Gnocchi – Friday, 2nd February 2018

02/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Full details to follow.

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Samar’s Korean Kitchen – Sunday, 4th February 2018

04/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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HURRY - JUST TWO PLACES  LEFT ON THIS EXCEPTIONALLY DELICIOUS COURSE 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…

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Nose To Tail – Butcher’s Masterclass – Wednesday, 7th February 2018

07/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alcock Butchers, 273A Banbury Rd
Oxford, OX2 7JF United Kingdom
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Our brilliant butcher, Paul England of Alcock Butchers, is back.   In this class, held in his family butcher's shop, Paul will show you how to cut up half a pig, talking you through the muscle groups and the principles of expert, traditional butchery.   And yes, you do get your turn with the saw. And more, you cut your own chops to take home with you.   We wind the evening up with hot soup, bread and cheese, and a chance to…

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Latin American Vegetarian – Thursday, 8th February 2018

08/02/2018 @ 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 Chilaquiles Rojo(crisp fried tortilla with a red salsa and black beans), the unusual Sopa Seca de Fideos (fried pasta with chillies and tomatoes), or a refreshing and bright Chayote and Watermelon Salad.

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Easy Patisserie – 9th February 2018 – SOLD OUT

09/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BY United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT - NEXT ONE COMING SOON 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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Chocolate Craft – Sunday, 11th February 2018

11/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Make your own chocolates - watch this space for more information, coming soon.

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Tuscan Farmhouse Kitchen – Thursday, 15th February 2018

15/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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 fried and griddled 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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Spice Craft – Friday, 16th February 2018

16/02/2018 @ 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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REAL MEXICAN – SUNDAY, 18TH FEBRUARY 2018

18/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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  Roman and Florrie Grigson to teach…

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Macarons with Gaye Perry – Thursday, 22nd February 2018

22/02/2018 @ 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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Indian Street Food – Sunday, 25th February 2018

25/02/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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With Samar Khatiwala Suitable for Vegetarians Mumbai (Bombay) is a city of foodies fueled by its vibrant street food scene. Going out for a midnight snack of pani puri at one of a thousand roadside stalls is a favorite past time of many Mumbaikers, as is eating grilled corn on the cob with a sprinkle of chili powder and squirt of lime while strolling down rain-swept Chowpatty beach during the monsoon season. While we can’t quite replicate that experience in…

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March 2018

Fermenting Pickles – from Sauerkraut to Kimchi and beyond – 1st March 2018

01/03/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Home food fermenting is surprisingly easy, but a tad nerve-wracking for the beginner.   In this class, Sophie will take you through the essentials, from making simple, utterly delicious sauerkraut to more complex creations such as steamy hot kimchi, or Ginger and Lemon Grass pickled carrots or refreshing Mexican pineapple tepache. You’ll take home your own creations to finish fermenting in your kitchen, as well as getting to taste Sophie’s fermented creations.

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Pie and Beer – Sunday, 4th March 2018 SOLD OUT

04/03/2018 @ 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 SAUSAGE & Beer, 24th June, available soon 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 classic pies (we’re thinking chicken and Jerusalem artichoke or a fitchett pie (apple and lamb), and a fabulous American tomato pie. Our brilliant, incredibly knowledgeable  beer expert, Mattias Sjoberg, , head-brewer at Shotover Brewery, will be talking and tasting you through a selection…

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Easy Patisserie – 15th March 2018

15/03/2018 @ 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – 22nd March 2018 SOLD OUT

22/03/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SOLD OUT BUT Next one is on 4th may, and another 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…

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BREAD PLUS – Friday, 23rd March 2018

23/03/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  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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PASTA MAKING – Thursday, 29th March 2018

29/03/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom

  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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April 2018

TOTALLY VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 5th April 2018

05/04/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  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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SAMAR’S KOREAN KITCHEN – Sunday, 8th April 2018

08/04/2018 @ 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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LATIN AMERICAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 12th April 2018

12/04/2018 @ 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 wonderful watermelon, and chayote salad.

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MIDDLE EASTERN MEZZE – Friday, 13th April 2018

13/04/2018 @ 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, 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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CUISINE DE PROVENCE – Friday, 20th April 2018

20/04/2018 @ 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

22/04/2018 @ 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

27/04/2018 @ 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 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

29/04/2018 @ 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 WE WILL BE RUNNING ANOTHER ONE SOON Email us at sophiescookeryschool@gmail.com if you would like to be put on the waiting list 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…

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May 2018

ITALIAN ISLANDS – Thursday, 3rd May 2018

03/05/2018 @ 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

04/05/2018 @ 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

11/05/2018 @ 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

17/05/2018 @ 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!

Find out more »

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

18/05/2018 @ 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

20/05/2018 @ 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

23/05/2018 @ 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

24/05/2018 @ 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

31/05/2018 @ 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

03/06/2018 @ 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

07/06/2018 @ 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

08/06/2018 @ 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

15/06/2018 @ 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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Real Mexican – Sunday, 17th June 2018

17/06/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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.  For the last time before they head back to  Mexico, we have Samuel…

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PRESERVES – Thursday, 21st June 2018

21/06/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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More details to follow

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KNIFE SKILLS – Friday, 22nd June 2018

22/06/2018 @ 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

24/06/2018 @ 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 – 28th June 2018 SOLD OUT

28/06/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT - NEXT ONE 5TH AUGUST 2018 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…

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July 2018

SOUTH EAST ASIAN VEGETARIAN – Thursday, 5th July 2018

05/07/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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HURRY - ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT 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

06/07/2018 @ 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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PASTA MAKING – Friday, 20th July 2018

20/07/2018 @ 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

26/07/2018 @ 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 – 5th August 2018 – SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

05/08/2018 @ 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 ONE ON 7TH sEPTEMBER.... 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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September 2018

Eastern Mediterranean Vegetarian

06/09/2018 @ 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

07/09/2018 @ 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

16/09/2018 @ 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

20/09/2018 @ 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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Sophie’s Mexican/Oxford Kitchen – Thursday, 27th September 2017

27/09/2018 @ 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

05/10/2018 @ 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

07/10/2018 @ 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

11/10/2018 @ 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

14/10/2018 @ 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

17/10/2018 @ 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

18/10/2018 @ 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

01/11/2018 @ 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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Sophie’s Mexican/Oxford Kitchen – Thursday, 8th November 2018

08/11/2018 @ 6:00 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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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – SOLD OUT 9th November 2018

09/11/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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Walnuts, Spice and Cheesebread – SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

11/11/2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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TOO LATE - THIS ONE IS SOLD OUT, BUT IT'LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR 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…

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INDIAN MUGHAL COOKING with Anita Chipalkatty – 25th November 2018

25/11/2018 @ 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

02/12/2018 @ 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

January 10 @ 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

January 11 @ 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 – 25TH January 2019 – SOLD OUT

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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SOLD OUT - BACK AGAIN ON 30TH MARCH 2018 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…

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February 2019

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

February 1 @ 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

February 8 @ 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

February 9 @ 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

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 – 10th March 2019 SOLD OUT

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

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LEMONGRASS, LIME AND CHILLI – 16th March 2019

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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JUST ONE PLACE LEFT - BOOK QUICKLY! 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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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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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 – ONE PLACE LEFT

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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jUST ONE PLACE LEFT 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…

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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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FOOD WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND WORKSHOP – 1& 2 JUNE 2019

April 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Combine both food writing and food photography days (see individual days for more detail) to create an amazing weekend of food words and food  vision, in our stunning venue, Honesty Cookery School near Newbury.   Please note, this does not include overnight accommodation nor evening meal/breakfast.  If you would like accommodation recommendations we are happy to help.      

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MIDDLE EASTERN MEZZE – Wednesday, 10th April 2019

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
skogen kitchen, 2 King Edward Street
Oxford, OX1 4HS 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 – SOLD OUT

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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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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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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Amalfi on a Plate

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Our all-time favourite  Italian cookery teacher, Mariella Bliss, is back and  ready to fly you to the beautiful Amalfi coast, famous for its sea views and luscious lemons, and  just a small hop from her home town of Naples.  Her passion for her home cooking is utterly infectious, and will guide you through the making of the most delicious  scialatielli pasta with prawns and lemon zest,   polpettine (mini meatballs), and a real Neapolitan pizza followed  by lemon Pasticcini dessert with…

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June 2019

BREAD FOR BEGINNERS – Thursday, 13th June 2019

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
skogen kitchen, 2 King Edward Street
Oxford, OX1 4HS 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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Mariella’s Fresh Pasta, from Tagliatelle to Orecchiete – 28th June 2019

June 28 @ 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, Mariella Bliss, with infinite patience, will be teaching you how to make the best fresh pasta dough,  with or without eggs, and then how to  transform it into an epic number of different pasta shapes.   Lasagne and tagliatelle - easy - but fusilli, orecchiete, ravioli, now that's the real challenge.   You'll also learn how to make coloured pasta dyed with spinach or beetroot , and then cook and eat it all with a classic Italian sauce.

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September 2019

FOOD WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND – 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER 2019

September 21 - September 22
Honesty Cookery School, The Barn North Sydmonton House North Sydmonton Newbury Berkshire RG20 4UL
Newbury, RG20 4UL United Kingdom
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If you are longing to launch into the world of food writing and photography, as a pastime, as a side-line or full-time, come and join us for this weekend with seasoned food writer Sophie Grigson and top food photographer William Shaw.   Combine our food writing and food photography days to create a weekend filled with food words and food vision.   We're lucky enough to be taking over the wonderful  Honesty Cookery School  near Newbury for the weekend.   For more…

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FOOD WRITING DAY WORKSHOP – 21st September 2019

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Honesty Cookery School, The Barn North Sydmonton House North Sydmonton Newbury Berkshire RG20 4UL
Newbury, RG20 4UL United Kingdom
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If you've ever wanted to write your own food blog, or cook book, or  considered a new career in food writing, then our  brand new food writing course, led by Sophie Grigson, author of over 20 cookery books is just the thing for you.  Learn how to craft your words, focus your passions and seduce your reader.   The class will take place in the magnificent Honesty Cookery School just outside Newbury. SOPHIE GRIGSON has written over 20 books, including SPICE…

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FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY WORKSHOP – 22nd September 2019

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Honesty Cookery School, The Barn North Sydmonton House North Sydmonton Newbury Berkshire RG20 4UL
Newbury, RG20 4UL United Kingdom
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A whole day dedicated to taking stunning hunger-inducing photographs, led by leading food photographer,  William Shaw.   Whether your equipment is an iphone or a more sophisticated digital camera, you'll learn how to work food and compose shots, make the most of natural lighting, and understand what makes an image of a scone or a sizzling tray of oven roast vegetables sing on the screen or page. Our home for the day is the magnificent Honesty Cookery School near Newbury. Taking pictures…

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Sophie’s Puglian Pasta – 25th September 2019

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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  More details to follow shortly, but briefly, in this class we'll be making orecchiette and other pastas, cooking dishes such as pasta e ceci neri, pasta alla crudaiola, pasta al forno con polpette  e prosciutto)  

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Sophie’s Puglian Kitchen – 26th September 2019

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Restore Garden Cafe, Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford, OX4 1YH United Kingdom
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Hot-foot from her new home in Puglia, Sophie brings Oxford some of the dishes she's discovered over the past few months.    Bound by sea on three sides.  covered with gently undulating olive groves, interspersed with almonds, pomegranates and other fruits,  Puglia is famous for its delicious, fres h and wholesome food.  Puglian cooks focus on their fine ingredients , cooking them simply and with respect.  In this lesson we will learn how to make orecchiete or  other  Puglian pastas, …

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