Learning to make Goan Fish Curry at
Waitrose Cookery School

Waitress Cookery School

I really enjoy cooking. I’m very happy making a mess in the kitchen as I steadily work my way through every pot, pan, knife and chopping board I can lay my hands on… I occasionally attempt to wing something from whatever I’ve got in the fridge… but this usually doesn’t end exceptionally well.

Which often surprises me. I feel I ought to be really good at that. Especially if I had radio 4 on on the background. If it was a movie, I’d be whipping up amazingly gorgeous dishes from half a carrot, some old feta and a mystery vegetable. But I don’t live in a movie (I DO I DO I DO) so I stick to my beloved recipe books and love discovering new and unusual dishes.

So with that in mind, when Waitrose invited me to come and try a session at their new cookery school in Kings Cross, I knew immediately that it would be something I’d love to do.

Waitrose Cookery School

Shiny, clean and ready to use equipment…

Waitrose Cookery School

Chef Jack finishes up prepping for our session while we drink prosecco and nibble crisps…

Waitrose Cookery School

An introduction into what we are about to create!

I had a look through their schedule and settled upon an evening class, where I and LM would learn to make Goan Fish Curry.

The cookery courses range from short one-hour mini master classes (ideal for learning speedy skills) to evenings where you can cook a meal with your friends and relax over a glass of wine…

The whole vibe is very informal, really fun and extremely relaxed…

Oh, and there is NO WASHING UP to do either – huge bonus. HUGE.

We began by making the Goan Masala Pastes…

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

The smell of these spices as we warmed them though was incredible…

Waitrose Cookery School

Look how FASCINATED everyone is!

Waitrose Cookery School

We measured and poured and made new friends… these two were lovely!

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

We added the Goan Masala paste to the onions, which we’d made in the blender…

Waitrose Cookery School

We added the chillies, curry leaves, coconut milk, tamarind puree, cold water and a pinch of salt to taste, and simmered for 5 minutes

Waitrose Cookery School

After we’d made our sauces, we left them to simmer and went back over to where Jack was stationed, so he could show us how to prepare the fish…

Waitrose Cookery School

Jack the Chef

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

We were a fairly small group so it was easy to see Jack, but you could always use the screens to get a birds eye view of what he was doing…

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

A vital ingredient…

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

Waitrose Cookery School

The finished article!

We then all sat down at long tables together, to chat, drink wine, compare our dishes and devour them – it was absolutely delicious. (If I do say so myself).

Waitrose Cookery School

The cookery school itself is huge and beautifully bright. It’s the perfect place to go by yourself or with someone, to learn a new recipe, skill or cuisine…

I’ve got my eye on the Korean Kitchen day class… or the hour class to learn how to make Churros and Chocolate…

Maybe I’ll just take my tent down there and stay for a while.

I doubt they’d notice – there’s loads of space.

Poppy x

Waitrose Cookery School

 

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)

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