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

Cooking these dishes was like being on holiday in Italy again. Christine really knows her stuff.

Maggie Cartwright
Clifton, Bristol

 

Flavours of Italy: Naples and Amalfi Coast
12 Sep, 10,00–3.30

Learn how to make some authentic dishes from Napoli, home to the classic pizza, durum wheat pasta, seafood, cheeses, gorgeous vegetables, lemons and decadent desserts. The dishes are as exuberant as the people – colourful, tasty and speedy.

Typical recipes
Mozzarella Calzone (stuffed pizza with mozzarella)
Neapolitan Seafood Salad
Spaghetti con Le Vongole (spaghetti with clams)
Caponata (vegetable stew)
Vermicelli with Baby Octopus
Torta Caprese (chocolate and almond cake)
Limoncello Sorbet

Fee
£125

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Learn to cook Italian seafood Christine McFadden
15th Aug

I came away buzzing with ideas and feel a lot more confident about tackling our gluten-free life.

Sue Spicer
Gillingham, Dorset

 

Gluten-Free Baking
19 Sep, 10.00–3.30

A refreshing new look at gluten-free baking. Create unbelievably crusty bread, perfect melt-in-the-mouth pastry, moist muffins and cakes, using naturally gluten-free flours instead of commercial mixes.

Typical recipes
Crusty Seeded Psyllium Bread
Coconut Chocolate Brownies
Italian Vegetable Pies
Mediterranean Chick-Pea Crêpes with Roasted Vegetables
Apricot and Raisin Bars
Muffins with Chestnut Flour
Clementine Almond Gateau

Fee
£115

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Learn to make crusty luten free bread 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
17 Oct, 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
£130

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Fish cookery classes
15th Aug

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the Keralan curry class. It was truly inspirational and
very informative.

Hazel Shaw
Weymouth, Dorset

 

Spicy Journeys: Curries of Kerala
24 Oct, 10.00–3.30

Back by popular request, this spicy journey takes us to tropical Kerala in southwest India, home to the world's most well-known spices – peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. You'll be using these to grind your own curry powder – say goodbye to shop-bought blends!
Keralan curries are generally light, refreshingly spiced and traditionally eaten with rice. Coconut, fresh green vegetables and seafood are key ingredients.

Typical recipes
Avial – Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry
South Indian Lamb Curry with Coconut and Curry Leaves
Easy Prawn Curry
Cabbage and Coconut Thoran
Tellicherry Chicken Curry
Black Pepper Rice

Fee
£120

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Curries of the World cookery classes
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
Expand your repertoire and learn to cook mouth-watering alternatives to Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts. Sprout-haters will flock to your table.

Typical recipes
Jerusalem Artichoke, Watercress and Bacon Salad
Braised Red Cabbage, Quince and Hazelnuts
Red and Wild Rice Pilau with Cranberries, Orange and Brazil Nuts
Paradise Parsnips with Ginger Cream
Roast Squash and Celeriac with Balsamic Glaze
Roast Fennel, Rocket and Parmesan
Brussels Sprouts with Green Peppercorns and Golden Garlic Crumbs

Fee
£120

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Christmas vegetable cookery classes
 

In the pipeline (dates to be confirmed)
Curries of South-East Asia
Indian Vegetarian Cookery
Japanese Home Cookery
Veggie Special: Winter Heroes
The Power of the Pulse: Cooking with Beans and Peas
A Taste of South America: Brazil

 
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