I love any kind of culinary experience, from baking Homemade Granola to be drenched in my own Nut Milk, to sourcing the freshest produce from local markets; from exploring the latest restaurants on the healthy scene to attending workshops and learning new skills.
I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to try out a cookery class at the UK’s most popular cooking school, L’Atelier des Chefs, so I went along to the vegetarian Moroccan class. I thought this would be the perfect fit for me since, growing up in a family with Middle-Eastern origins, I’ve acquired a serious taste for food from this part of the world – have you seen my Israeli Shakshuka recipe and my super quick Hummus?!
I was slightly sceptical about how much I could actually learning in just an hour and a half, but the class turned out to be completely hands-on and interactive, helping me to remember each step by preparing the menu myself from scratch.
Upon arrival at the class, located in the heart of London’s St. Paul’s, I was greeted with a warm welcome and a glass of wine (every cook’s favourite partner right?) There were no more than 12 of us in the class and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal.
The chef teaching the class (Thomas) was extremely knowledgeable, and his thick French accent made him seem even more professional! He had an impressive number of tricks of the trade up his sleeve, from expert knife skills to tips on the most efficient way to crush garlic without a garlic crusher! Before leaving it to us to create the recipes, Thomas ran us through a demonstration of each stage involved in the recipes we would make:
Babaghanoush (spiced aubergine dip with tahini)
Moroccan Flatbread (pita bread spiced with cumin and coriander)
Hummus (chickpea dip flavoured with lemon and garlic)
Vegetable Tagine with Saffron Couscous (based on butternut squash and courgette)
To my relief (as a recipe developer and food blogger), every ingredient had already been weighed out, the initial preparation had been done and the equipment was ready to be used. What’s more, there was no washing up at the end! We were just left with the fun part – cooking and of course eating at the end! After class we all sat down to enjoy the delicious meal, and it brought such satisfaction knowing we had prepared it all ourselves!
The following morning, I was emailed all the recipes from the class so I feel confident that I can reproduce them at home for my family. I came away with some really useful techniques, and found it so interesting to learn about a cuisine which I have always loved. I would genuinely recommend this course to everyone, but L’Atelier des Chefs offers a wide range of other classes too, including Seasonal & Healthy Eating, Macaroons, French Pasta and even Sushi!