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 classes
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


Baking with Gluten-Free Flours
20 Mar, 10.00–3.30

If you think you may be gluten-sensitive, this is the class for you. We'll be exploring an exciting range of nutritious wheat-free flours made with grains, beans, seeds and nuts, and w using them in irresistibly moist and flavoursome bakes. Please note this class is not suitable for confirmed coeliacs.

Typical recipes
Physalis and Orange Chocolate Cake
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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Baking with Gluten-Free Flours
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
15th Aug

Christine is not just a great cook, she is a most inspiring writer, a meticulous researcher and a natural teacher. The cookery courses take you around the world's cuisine and yet she sources foods locally.

Sheila Ryan and Douglas Stem
Portland, Dorset


A Taste of North Africa: Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
8 May, 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


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A Taste of North Africa: Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
15th Aug

On arrival I was immediately
put at my ease and very much
enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere
and whole experience. The food
was out of this world, and the
company, though from many
walks of life, very convivial.

Colin Roper
Portesham, Dorset


Bird Cookery
15 May, 10.00-3.30

Expand your repertoire and learn to cook flavour-packed bird-based dishes. We'll make interesting dishes with chicken and duck, and experiment with guinea fowl, quail and pigeon. You'll learn to rustle up seasonal salads, side dishes and stir-fries, plus mouth-watering grills and roasts. Finger-licking stuff!

Typical recipes
Warm Duck Breast Salad with Watercress and Walnuts
Roast Duck with Honey and Hazelnuts
Grilled Guinea Fowl with Lime Leaf and Black Pepper Butter
Lemon Devilled Quails
Firecracker Chicken Wings with Plum Sauce and Orange
Seared Pigeon Breasts with Balsamic Glaze, Rocket and Parmesan
Pepper-Crusted Chicken in Spicy Soured Cream
Chicken Confit with Spinach, Chicory and Celery


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Learn to cook poultry Christine McFadden
15th Aug

Good content,
good communication,
good company, not to mention
good food – what more could
you ask for?

Rosemary Hague


Food for Sharing: Middle Eastern Mezze
19 Jun, 10.00-3.30

Savoured with a glass of something festive, mezze are perfect for party snacks. The menu includes simple but tasty dishes from a range of Middle Eastern cuisines.

Typical recipes
Muhammara (spiced red pepper and walnut dip)
Spiced Stuffed Filo Triangles with Yogurt and Harissa Sauce
Grilled Aubergine with Red Pepper and Mint
Yogurt Cheese Balls
Ful Mesdames (Egyptian Beans with Tomatos, Onion and Quail Eggs)
Spicy Meatballs with Tahini Sauce and Pomegranate Seeds
Grilled Halloumi Stacks
Falafel with Tahini Sauce
Carrot and Cumin Salad with Argan Oil Dressing


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Making mezze cookery classes Dorset
15th Aug

I realise now that you can
do things with veg that one
never imagined!

Helen Waghorn
Sherborne, Dorset


Veggie Special: Summer Kitchen
26 Jun, 10.00-3.30

Make the most of Dorset's early summer produce in palate-awakening soups,
vibrant sauces, salads, dips and tasty Mediterranean-style main courses.
All dishes are meat-free and will have even the most committed carnivore drooling.

Typical recipes
Grilled Asparagus, Quail Eggs and Cherry Tomatoes
Four-Pea Stir-Fry with Spring Onions, Sprouted Seeds and Crispy Red Rice
Broad Bean Bruschetta with Summer Savory and Goat Cheese
Warm Bean Salad with Sheep's Cheese, New Potatoes and Lemon Thyme
Rainbow Radish Salad
Watercress, Sorrel and Leek Soup
Baby Beetroot Parcels with Horseradish Butter
Roasted Banana Shallots with Sage, Parmesan and Crisp Breadcrumbs


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Veggie Special: Summer Kitchen
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