Dinners in advance - Beginner level 6 Week Course

Baking & Desserts

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hosted by Cookery School at Little Portland Street

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Session 1
Learn what a great tool your oven is by making a delicious roast crispy chicken and roasted root vegetables for the main course. Then continue to develop your oven skills with a lesson in breadmaking – easy when you know how! The beautiful bread rolls that you make will accompany a simple green salad dressed with a homemade dressing – you will be taught the principles of mastering good dressings. The dessert reflects our ethos of seasonality with baked apples in winter, peaches or other fruit in the summer – always served with mascarpone. This is the perfect prepare in advance meal and no one would ever know that you were a novice cook!


Session 2
Make a fantastic roast tomato soup and build on your knowledge of bread making with an olive and rosemary foccacia – you can of course use this principle to master all kinds of variations on foccacia breads. Learn to love the grill in your oven by making a delicious spicy grilled prawn dish which is served with perfectly cooked rice. We will teach you a trick or two for this - along with a green salsa - starting to build up your repertoire of sauces and salsas. Learn how to grill on your hob by making a dish of mediterranean grilled vegetables. Finish the session with a sweet, smooth creme caramel with which you can impress your friends!

Session 3
Get your taste buds racing with homemade humous, flavoursome Middle Eastern salads and flat bread – building on your breadmaking skills of the first two lessons. Learn how to cook a lamb tagine with perfect cous cous or 'Persian' rice, then bake a delicious and moist almond and orange flower water cake for dessert. Throughout we will be reinforcing techniques and skills learnt in preceding lessons to build your kitchen confidence!

Session 4
This lesson focuses on Mediterranean food where you will delve into dips with crudités, learning to pair seasonal salad and vegetables with a variety of versatile dips - great for many occasions. Having acquired bread making confidence over the past lessons, you will create your own perfect pizza with various toppings. Learn the easy art of ice cream making at home based on a real custard by making a delicious real vanilla ice cream served with a rich chocolate sauce.

Session 5
This lesson starts by learning how to make the perfect welsh rarebit. Then learn how to make a fish pie topped with crispy mashed potatoes. This session finishes by learning to make a classic victoria sponge cake with a lemon curd filling – a perfect ending for a meal or as part of an afternoon tea.

Session 6
This session focuses on different toppings for pasta from tomato, through puttanesca and Bolognese, to crab, you’ll have lots of recipes to add to your repertoire. You will also make a most delicious mushroom soup and finish the session with a homemade lemon cheesecake – the perfect make in advance pudding.

At the end of this course you will have six (or more) great make in advance meals that will involve you in very little cooking during the meal, giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy a good meal along with your guests. Get a date in the diary and invite your friends round for dinner…

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