All posts tagged: cookery school

A potato tasting challenge with Billy & Jack and Idahoan

My blog might be called ‘Got to Be Gourmet’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the more comforting foods in life. When I was a kid, one of my absolute favourite things to eat was ‘tuna and mash’ (and I’m not talking about freshly mashed up organic potatoes from the fields surrounding our house in rural Yorkshire. Oh, no. I’m talking the powdered variety!) I must admit, I hadn’t tucked into this particular food stuff since then (although I have a vague recollection of there being a bit of a phase at Uni!) so when I was invited to an event by Idahoan recently, I was more than a little intrigued. The food snob in me might have scoffed at going to an event about ‘powdered’ potato. But it sounded particularly interesting – Billy and Jack, MasterChef finalists (who I just adored during that particular series) and now successful supper club hosts, were going to cook a dinner with multiple courses, some of which would include Idahoan potato and some of which would include …

iPhone Food Photography Class with Patricia Niven at Ginger Whisk

In recent times I’ve abandoned my iPhone when it comes to taking photos for the blog or Instagram – the snaps just never feel high quality enough, and I don’t feel like I can really achieve what I want to on a phone. So I was really intrigued when I heard about a new food photography class taking place at the recently opened Ginger Whisk in Chiswick which would focus solely on how to get a good snap on your mobile. They describe themselves as a ‘creative foodie hub’ in West London offering prop hire, photography, studio hire, event space hire, production services and a cooking school – it sounded like a dream to me! You can find out more about the business in this little video: The class took place on a Saturday morning last month and was hosted by Patricia Niven who I was really excited to meet – she’s a well respected food and portrait photographer, and I couldn’t wait to hear her hints and tips! Now please bear in mind that …

Italian Cooking at La Cucina Caldesi with Healthy Food Guide

What comes to mind when you think of Italian food? Pizza and pasta would seem like fairly obvious choices. Regular readers of this blog will know that I adore both Italy and the gorgeous cuisine it produces, but it’s normally a bit of an indulgence, with a lot of carbs and calories. I was recently invited to a cookery class with Healthy Food Guide which focused on healthy Italian food, so I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us to rustle up! The class was held at the La Cucina Caldesi Italian Cookery School in Marylebone, which I hadn’t been to before, so it was nice to discover somewhere new. And the class was held by Kate Caldesi herself! We started off making almond milk. I’ve seen this being used in recipes for a while but hadn’t actually tried it myself. It was made by blending the almonds (which had been left to soak overnight in water – both to make it easier to break down in the food processor and to …

Tastesmiths Event: Cooking Fresh!

Last night I was invited to an event hosted at Food at 52 for a new company called Tastesmiths, run by a fab mother and daughter duo from Birmingham, Sally and Stef. The message behind Tastesmiths is simple: you should always try and cook with fresh ingredients! And in order to do this, they sell clever ‘kits’ of such fresh ingredients for a wide variety of recipes, giving you the exact quantities you’ll need. No more buying countless bottles of herbs and spices that end up sitting in the back of the cupboard, rarely being used. Sally commented that when researching some of their curry recipes, if they had bought all ingredients from scratch, the bill would have racked up to around £25+, without even taking the meat into consideration. This is something I’ve experienced myself – our herb and spice box is overflowing and we seem to have some form of ‘cinnamon amnesia’, as we have about 5 different bottles of the stuff in various forms. So these kits are such a brilliant idea!   …