Christine McFadden
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Upcoming class details

Listed below are details of cookery classes for the next few months. To book a class, use the on-line form
or contact Christine McFadden on 01308 482784.

Classes are ‘hands-on’ rather than demonstration, limited to a maximum of 7 people and are suitable for
all levels of skill.

Bookings are on a first-come first-served basis. A 40 per cent deposit payable at the time of booking confirms
your place. Full payment is due 7 days before the class. See Terms and Conditions.

 
15th Aug

Thank you for a wonderful class. I really enjoyed myself and the atmosphere, company and food were lovely.

Jocelyn Pannett
Salisbury, Wiltshire

 

Food for Sharing: Terrific Tapas
31 Oct, 10.00–3.30

Create a tempting selection of Spanish tapas – bite-sized portions of tasty dishes designed to stimulate the appetite and blot up pre-dinner drinks. We'll look at how tapas culture evolved and discover some regional favourites too.

Typical recipes
Pan-Fried Padrón Peppers with Sea Salt Flakes
Griddled Prawns with Saffron Mayonnaise
Marinated Piquillo Peppers with Migas
Spicy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
Membrillo and Manchego
Catalan Tomato Bread
Warm Chorizo Salad with Butter Beans and Tomatoes

Fee
£115

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Spanish tapas cookery classes Dorset
15th Aug

Thank you for a great day on Friday. It was very well planned and the dishes we cooked
were just right.

Clive Farrell
Sherborne, Dorset

 

Food for Sharing: Italian Antipasti
14 Nov, 10.00–3.30

Essentially improvised and casual, antipasti have been part of Italian culture for centuries. In this class you'll learn how to rustle up a selection of small but impressive dishes that make perfect sharing food for spontaneous get-togethers and the upcoming festive season.

Typical recipes
Chicken Involtini with Lemon and Rosemary
Seared Tuna with White Beans and Artichokes
Wild Mushroom Bruschette
Chicken Liver Crostini
Fried Cheese Pastries
Griddled Scallops with Garlic Crumbs
Spinach and Ricotta Fritters

Fee
£120

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Italian antipasti cookery class Dorset
15th Aug

I ate my little pie the following
day and it was delicious. I shall
just have to persevere with
the pastry making!

Jenny Feely
Poundbury, Dorset

 

Eyes on Pies
28 Nov, 10.00–3.30
Learn how to make shortcrust, rough puff, suet and hot water crust pastry to create a variety of mouth-watering pies – both modern and traditional. Pies include classics such as Game Pie – perfect for Christmas – and seasonal sweet offerings such as Citrus Suet Pudding.

Typical recipes
Traditional Raised Pork Pie
Festive Game Pie
Beef Celery and Walnut Pie
Prawn and Samphire Puff Pie
Citrus Suet Pudding
Apple, Prune and Armagnac Filo Pie

Fee
£130

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Pastry cookery classes Dorset
15th Aug

I found this vegetable class
so inspiring. Thank you for
a very enjoyable day.

Lisa Waterman
Maiden Newton, Dorset

 

Veggie Special: Beyond Brussels Sprouts
5 Dec, 10.00–3.30
Take a new look at Christmas vegetables with Christine and Japanese cookery expert Shirley Booth. Expand your repertoire and learn to cook imaginative mouth-watering alternatives, some with a Japanese twist. Sprout-doubters will flock to your table.

Typical recipes
Braised Red Cabbage, Quince and Hazelnuts
Pumpkin and Azuki Beans, Daikon (white radish) and Shiitake Mushrooms
Red and Wild Rice Pilau with Cranberries, Orange and Hazelnuts
Carrots with Sesame and Mustard Dressing
Parsnip Gratin with Ginger Cream and Grains of Paradise
Pan-Fried Jerusalem Artichokes and Hazelnuts
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnut and Miso Dressing
Crunchy Brussels Sprouts with Green Peppercorns and Golden Garlic Crumbs

Fee
£130

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Christmas vegetable cookery classes
15th Aug

I just wanted to say how
much I enjoyed A Taste of
North Africa. I have already
cooked shakshuka for a late
supper dish and plan on
making a tagine soon.

Jenny Mortimer
Blandford Forum

 

Spicy Journeys: A Taste of North Africa:
Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
16 Jan, 10.00–3.30

An in-depth look at the region's stunning ingredients and how to use them in
aromatic dips, soups, tasty tagines, grain dishes, grills and desserts.

Typical recipes
Seven Vegetable Tagine with Chilli, Cumin and Caraway
Roasted Green Wheat with Pistachios
Carrot and Cumin Salad with Argan Oil and Lemon Dressing
Spicy Aubergine Salad
Tunisian Couscous with Stuffed Eggs and Harissa Sauce
Chicken, Olive and Preserved Lemon Tagine
Slow-Roasted Lamb Shanks with Apricots and Honey
Rosewater and Cardamom Ice Cream
Orange, Date and Pistachio Fruit Salad

Fee
£125

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Moroccan cookery class Christine McFadden
15th Aug

Christine's endless energy,
passion and drive to share
her well researched culinary
knowledge with others has
never ceased to amaze me.

Roz Golding
Bath

 

South American Special: Brazil
30 Jan, 10.00–3.30

Banish the winter blues with a cook's look at the land of sea, sun and soccer. A melting pot of cultures, this extraordinary cuisine is as diverse as the climate and as lively as the people. From the seafood of the northern tropics, to the gaucho grills of the south, there are dishes galore to inspire the
curious cook.

Typical recipes
Cheese and Chilli Empanadas (filled pastry parcels)
with Chipotle Soured Cream
Chilli and Cumin Grilled Flank Steak with Cassava Chips
Pulled Pork, Chorizo and Black Bean Fejaoda (the national dish)
Stir-Fried Greens with Oranges
Sweet Potato Crab Cakes
Palm Heart and Prawn Salad
Coconut and Passion Fruit Pudim (Brazilian crème caramel)
Coconut and Lime Sorbet

Fee
£130

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Brazilia cookery class
15th Aug

Christine has given me insights
into a way of preparing dishes
I feel I could never have
gleaned from a book. Already
looking forward to the next
time I can make it.

Lora Starling
South Petherton, Somerset

 

Baking with Veg 1: Puddings and Pies
6 Feb, 10.00–3.30

The first in a series, this class shows you how to bake irresistible puddings and pies using vegetables as the main ingredient. What could be healthier
(and a little indulgent) at this time of year?

Typical recipes
Beetroot Roulade with White Chocolate, Tangerine and Dried Cranberry Filling
Grilled Sweet Pepper Tarte Tatin with Black Pepper Caramel
Parsnip Lemon Meringue Pie with Walnut Pastry
Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Peaches with Oat and Pistachio Crisp
Caramelised Fennel and Honey Clafoutis
Parsnip, Pear and Almond Cobbler
Green Peppercorn Meringue Roulade with Cucumber and Strawberry Filling

Fee
£120

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Vegetable baking cookery
15th Aug

From the time you arrive,
the welcome you get – whether
you are new or returning –
the coffee, tea and snacks to
the final sharing of the food
around the table just make
it the best cookery class
I have been to.

Sue Walker
Poundbury, Dorset

 

Baking with Veg 2: Cakes, Muffins and Biscuits
20 Feb, 10.00–3.30

The second in a series, this class takes you beyond carrot cake and shows you how to transform winter veg into mouth-watering cakes and bakes.

Typical recipes
Beetroot and Coconut Chocolate Cake
Spinach and Apple Cake with Apple Frosting
Golden Beetroot Madeleines with Ginger and Orange Glaze
Spiced Parsnip and Ginger Cupcakes with Orange Drizzle
Dark Chocolate, Black Pepper and Potato Muffins
Carrot, Candied Fruit and Cardamom Buns

Fee
£120

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Vegetable cakes cookery class
15th Aug

As always, the class was an
interesting mix of people and
a great way to spend a day,
with just the right balance of
technique training, hands-on
preparation and pre-prepared
items. What a lot of work
you must do to make it
seem so effortless!

Bryony Taylor
Tinkelton, Dorset

 

Indian Vegetarian Cooking from Gujarat
27 Feb, 10.00–3.30

Gujarat dishes are a subtle mix of mild spices and herbs combined with the wealth of peas, beans and leafy vegetables that grow in the region. You'll learn the basics of cooking with spices plus inspiring vegetarian recipes guaranteed to boost your culinary repertoire. We'll also have a go at making easy flatbreads and some delicious Indian sweets.

Typical recipes
Potato Pakoras with Coconut and Fresh Coriander Chutney
Mulligatawny Soup with Rhubarb and Coconut
Easy Pumpkin Curry
Pudlas (pancakes) with Pumpkin Pickle
Aubergine and Chick-Pea Curry
Green Bean Shaak
Mixed Dhal with Spinach
Thepla (Gujarat flat bread)
Cardamom and Safffon Yogurt Cream
Ladoo (Indian fudge)

Fee
£120

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Indian vegetarian cookery class
15th Aug

Christine knows more about
spices than any of us will
ever know – from her first-hand
experience of visiting plantations in India. She has inspired
me with great recipes that
I use every week. I can't
recommend her enough.

Tom Alcott
The Peppermongers

 

Spicy Journeys: Curries of the World
13 Mar, 10.00–3.30

Join us for a cook's look at curries around the world – classic and contemporary, mild and incendiary, wet and dry, from India and Bangladesh to Vietnam and Thailand, and even further afield. We'll also be making fresh spice mixes, curry pastes and pickles.

Typical recipes
Goan Pork Vindaloo
South Indian Prawn Curry
Thai-Style Jungle Curry with Duck
Caribbean Goat Curry
Indonesian Beef Curry
Rich Chicken Curry from Sri Lanka
Easy Egg and Peanut Curry

Fee
£125

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Curries of the World Cookery Classes
15th Aug

Christine had done so much
research and experimentation –
just what I needed to help
make being gluten-intolerant
more exciting and understand
the use of the exotic flours.
I am still making all her
recipes regularly – delicious.

Jocelyn Pannet
Salisbury, Wiltshire

 

Gluten-Free Baking
20 March, 10.00–3.30

A refreshing new look at gluten-free baking. Rather than adapt traditional recipes, we make the most of the wealth of new gluten-free baking products
on the market and will experiment with a range of wheat-free flours.
We'll be creating irresistibly light and moist bakes that will even have
wheat-eaters drooling!

Typical recipes
Peppery Squash Cake with Almonds
Chilli and Amaranth Corn Bread
Chick-Pea Crêpes with Mango and Cococnut
Apricot, Raisin and Oat Bars
Chocolate Brownies
Fresh Fig Pizza with Rosemary and Honey
Cassava Banana Cake
Walnut and Chocolate Tart
Clementine and Almond Gateau with Clementine Syrup

Fee
£120

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Gluten-free baking cookery class
15th Aug

I really enjoyed the dishes
we made – authentic but
achievable recipes. They
brought back fond memories
of time spent in Venice
and the surrounding region.

James Wetherby
Exeter, Devon

 

Flavours of Italy: Venice and the Veneto
17 Apr, 10.00–3.30

The cuisine of this northeast corner of Italy is largely influenced by Venice and its sumptuous seafood, but each of the Veneto cities – Padua, Vicenza and Treviso for example – has its own specialities. We'll be trying out regional staples such as polenta and rice, and sampling authentic salumi and
regional cheeses.

Typical recipes
Fegato alla Veneziana (calves' liver with onions)
Guinea Fowl in Grappa, Padua-style
Pasta with Duck Sauce, Vicenza-Style
Mussel and Clam Soup
Risotto Nero (rice and cuttlefish)
Insalata di Mare (mixed seafood salad)
Grilled Raddicchio Rosso, Treviso-Style
Panpepato (spiced bread)

Fee
£125

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Italian regional cookery classes
15th Aug

Right from the outset at the fishmongers in Bridport to the welcome we received at your lovely cottage, it has been such a lovely and 'hands-on' course. This is what I wanted as I had hardly ever prepared fish before.

Mary Clark
Poole, Dorset

 

Fish Cookery
24 Apr, 9.40–4.45

The class begins with a visit to Davy's Locker, Bridport's go-to place for top-notch fish. Ace filleter Keith Blake will demonstrate how to scale, bone, skin and fillet a variety of fish, dissect and dress a crab, and clean squid. We then return to the kitchen in Littlebredy to practice techniques and cook our chosen seafood. The class includes delicious fishy snacks, lunch and a glass of wine.

Typical recipes (based on the catch of the day)
Mediterranean Fish Stew with Aïoli
Lime Leaf and Chilli Squid with Pomelo and Ginger Salad
Char-Grilled Scallops with Sweet Chilli Sauce
Sea Bass Parcels with Fennel and Preserved Lemon
Dressed Crab
Grilled Sesame Mackerel

Fee
£140

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Fish cookery classes
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