See some themed menu ideas below. All menus can be adapted for vegetarians, allergies and food intolerances – just ask!
– Learn how to make a gorgeous stew in a tagine. If you don’t have a tagine don’t worry – a pot will suffice! The Moroccans are know for their use of dries fruits, gentle spices and tender slow cooked meat dishes. We’ll make your choice of beef or lamb tagine and a delicious yoghurt dressing. You may like try Moroccan Style Roast Chicken – simple but impressive!
It’s not Greek to me!
– Learn to cook Greek – a lovely Mediterranean fusion of citrus fruits, feta, lamb, seafood and many more delicious ingredients. Learn how to make classics like Chicken Souvlaki (yummy skewers of marinated grilled or barbecued chicken), griddled lamb kebabs with herby salad and yoghurt dressing, falafel (great for vegetarians) and glorious sides of tzaziki dip, strawberry and halloumi salad – trust me its delicious!
– Enjoy cooking a spicy chickpea curry – great for vegetarians! You may prefer to try a chicken or lamb curry from scratch and fill your house with amazing aromas of roasted spices! Try making your own flatbreads and cardamom spiced rice.
– Master the art of risotto – trust me, its not that hard and a great basis for many variations including roasted butternut squash with goats cheese and hazelnuts, mushroom, or even go for a Scottish/Italian hybrid with Smoked Haddock and pea – yum! Learn the basics of a good pasta – carbonara and bolognaise are always hot favourites. If you fancy booking a longer tutorial, you may like to try making beautiful slow cooked lamb with rosemary, olives and garlic – perfect for an impressive Sunday Roast. Make sides of pepperonata (pepper stew), mixed crostini and garlic, rosemary roast potatoes.
– Discover the art of Paella – it creates wow factor and is a fabulous and adaptable dish for dinner parties as it contains something for everyone. Try making a store cupboard favourite – ‘chorizo and bean stew’ – great on its own, as a side or serve with chicken.
– Take advantage of those seasonal foods from your neck of the woods. Ayrshire is bountiful in excellent fresh produce. Try creamy smoked fish soup – Cullen Skink. Or making slow cooked venison stew with chilli and chocolate! Served with honey roasted carrots and fresh roasted beetroot – it’s a feast to behold! Scottish cooking can be sophisticated or simple – you may just want to know how to make your mammy’s favourites like good old ‘mince n’ tattles’ or a ‘gid pot of soup’!
– One of the first things a good home cook should learn – how to make a decent pot of soup. Soups are economic, simple and will feed you for many meals! Try French onion, tomato, roast butternut squash, potato and leek or even lovely clear spicy Thai broth (tom yum goong).
– Get exotic – Thai is a delicate balance of sweet salty, spicy and bitter using delicious ingredients such as fresh ginger, lemongrass, coconut milk and zingy limes. Try making yummy chicken coconut curry and tom yum goong – spicy aromatic prawn or chicken soup.
– Learn how to cook more healthily including ways of making veg tasty and how to eat foods low in fat without loosing flavour. Get tips and advice on which food will keep you fuller for longer. Fancy making spicy butternut squash chips or delicious vegetable curry? Healthy food can be delicious!
– Discover tips and advise on cooking when you are watching your pennies. Consider the benefit of batch cooking and the perfect store cupboard meals for when you just don’t have time to make it to the supermarket. Try making roast chorizo vegetables – perfect to mix with pasta or serve with cous cous and enough to feed you for days whilst being flexible enough not to be boring.
– Off to uni and don’t know how to cook? Learn the basics – fast! Chilli, bolognaise, soups and many other wholesome and tasty meals to choose from.