If you find yourself in a bit of a kitchen rut, I warmly recommend checking out the courses at La Cucina Caldesi cooking school in London’s Marylebone. Big M and I had been given course vouchers as a Christmas present last year, but have only now got round to using them.
We chose a ‘Sunday market kitchen’ class with Stefano Borella, who took us down to Marylebone Farmer’s Market (worth a trip on its own) and made us cook a typical three course pranzo della domenica” (Italian for Sunday lunch). On the menu:
- Ricotta Gnocchi with sautéed tomatoes
- Fried cheese-stuffed courgette flowers (which desperately made me want to buy a deep fryer)
- Sausage, beef and pork filet skewers with roast vegetables, roast potatoes and salads
- Mimosa cake
Stefano is a lot of fun to work with, the time flew by and the meal in the end was worth sweating in the kitchen for a few hours.
I am truly inspired to cook more, and this would make a lovely Christmas or even wedding present for any couple. Off to the kitchen now!