I do like a bit of experimentation in the kitchen, to expand my culinary repertoire and have a bash at something new. I was invited to try a cookery class at the Miele Experience Centre in Abingdon and there were so many to choose from I wasn’t sure where to start. I thought it would be a good idea to go to a class to learn to make something I’ve never even thought about attempting before (but very much enjoy eating): Dim Sum and Sushi.
A few weeks ago I set off in my little car to go somewhere I have always wanted to go: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Having watched Raymond Blanc on the television for years, tried my hand at a few of his recipes and known that Le Manoir isn’t actually that far away from me, I was really looking forward to going. I was invited to take part in a cookery class with four other lovely bloggers to try out the new Kenwood mixer and make a couple of different
I am very pleased to say that I got highly commended in the UKBA14 for individual food and drink blog! The evening was good fun and I met some lovely fellow bloggers; it was also a great excuse to spend some time in London and see friends I haven't seen for a while. I know there are plenty of blogs about London restaurants and places to go but below are the places I ventured to (one Michelin restaurant, one breakfast club and one traditional pub) and
2012 was the first year that I stood up in front of people and cooked something. I did two demos that year and cooked different dishes at each one. They both went well; I didn't trip up, forget anything or burn myself so I'd call it a roaring success. There was a little incident with some beetroot juice but the less said about that the better. This year I had three cookery demonstrations planned in all at different food festivals: Eat Reading, Petersfield
I enjoy watching people make cocktails. Particularly when it's an impressive display of throwing ingredients together and seemingly defying gravity. It's all quite spectacular but is only worthwhile if the finished drink tastes half decent. I've always wanted to give it a go; behind a bar, cocktail umbrellas at the ready, knowing what it is I'm meant to be doing. It's not quite the same mixing it up in your own kitchen so when Lola Lo asked if I wanted
I was invited to be on BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday. If you would like to take a listen you can find the link here (it's since been taken down). It was a great experience and I spoke about all sorts of things but mostly food! I was on from 3pm for 45 minutes so if you only want to hear the food bit you might need to do a little fast forwarding!
Sometimes things happen at just the right time. I recently had some sad news and things are still on the mend but there are a few bits going on which give me a reason to smile. Amongst these is the publication of my first food column in The Reading Post. The column is about foraging and what to make with any treats you may find. It's amazing to think how many people might read this column entitled, 'Caroline's Kitchen', and I hope they give a recipe
I was sent an email last month asking if I would be interested in cooking a meal and having the photograph published in a magazine. It was completely out of the blue if I'm honest, it was entirely unexpected, I was incredibly flattered and, of course, said yes please.
If you don't know already I am very lucky to have another half with a degree in photography. I'm not convinced it's quite what he envisaged taking regular photos of but what started
Petersfield is not too far from me and I went to their food festival last year. It boasted a marvellous selection and variety of stalls. I happily ate my way around last year and was looking forward to going again this year. The only difference was that this year I was to be part of the festival and do a cookery demonstration.
The sky looked as though it wasn't going to be on our side but the sun was shining away by the afternoon. Before and
You may have heard that I had my first live cookery demo at the weekend. I’ve done a few smaller ones before but they were more a case of me trying to persuade people to try my wares as they walk past; people seem to think I'm trying to sell something so they tend to steer clear. Or maybe people don't want to eat cabbage at 9am on a Sunday morning.
This time it was all proper; kitchen, stage, mirrors above the worktop and everything. Fortunately