All posts tagged: cookery school

Extra Special cooking at Leiths

If you were to ask me what I would like to achieve in life, one of my answers would most probably be completing a diploma at Leiths. Ever since acquiring the Baking Bible a few years ago, I have been obsessed with the idea of training at the famous cookery school. I’m sorry to disappoint you but I’m not going to tell you that I have enrolled but a couple of weeks ago I was invited to try out the next best thing. For those of you that don’t know, Asda has teamed up with Leiths on the Extra Special range and I was there with a handful of fellow bloggers to cook an Easter inspired dinner with the ingredients. We split into teams with each person responsible for a different dish. On the menu: Asparagus, fresh parmesan, samphire and soft boiled egg salad Soda bread Mustard herb crusted rack of lamb with seasonal vegetables Strawberry tartlets Chocolate truffle cupcakes I wouldn’t call what we did cooking as such, all ingredients were ready measured out …

An evening of Canadian inspired food

Three months ago I cooked Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup for breakfast. I wrote a post and the day after I was contacted by Nim from the Canadian Tourism Commission inviting me to an event that she was planning at L’Atelier des Chefs where food bloggers and writers could cook a few dishes using Canadian ingredients or inspired ingredients. This line of the email particularly got me ‘maybe you haven’t really thought before about Canadian foods or the culinary scene in this vast country so hopefully it would be an opportunity to find out more.’ She was right, I certainly had never thought about what constitutes as Candian cuisine – except obviously for maple syrup and I really did want to find out more. I wasn’t sure what to expect, partly because I had never been to L’Atelier des Chefs and party because I had no idea what foods we’d be cooking… although I was pretty sure that pancakes and maple syrup would be involved. The evening started with a range of freshly prepared …