Christine McFadden
Taste of Dorset Awards Finalist Taste of Dorset Awards Finalist British Cookery School Awards - 2012 Finalist

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

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

Roz Golding


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


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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


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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


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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)


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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


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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


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Gluten-free baking cookery class
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
17 Apr, 9.45–3.30
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
Spring Vegetable Pies
Beef, Celery and Walnut Pie
Lamb and Barley Pot Pies
Cheese and Chilli Pasties
Citrus Suet Pudding


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Pastry cookery classes Dorset
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


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Fish cookery classes
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