An Introduction to Baking at Leiths, week 2…

Week 2 of this introduction to baking and I had high hopes that it would be a bit more testing than the first. It brought us a new teacher, a practical demonstration of a lighter-than-air orange and walnut swiss roll and and actual making of passion fruit and lime syrup sponge and scones.

Week 2 was definitely better for a few reasons – the teacher, with us for 1 week only sadly, was jovial and interested in us, asking questions and encouraging the same back. The sponge was not something I had made before and the swiss roll was utterly splendid, soft and crumbly and almost falling apart with the orange scented cream holding it together until it melted on your tongue leaving traces of warm walnuttiness behind… Read More

Le Cordon Bleu, Essential Cuisine Skills week 2…

week 2 week 2 b

Week 2 and I couldn’t be more excited to get back in the kitchen and back under the watchful, humourous eyes of Chef Anthony, our fantastic teacher for this course. On the menu tonight? Prawn Bouquet with lime, yoghurt mayonnaise and Salmon Escalope en Papilotte. Urgh…sounds horrible doesn’t it?! Looks awful doesn’t it?!

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The dawn of a home-made Pad Thai addiction…

pad thai

Before last year, I’d never had Thai food. It’s not the most common food type where I used to live and I guess I’d always (mistakenly) thought that it was enough like Chinese that if I’d had one, I’d pretty much had the other.

I hang my head now and realise I have thirty something years to make up for because I like it. I like it oh so very much. There is an awesome little takeaway in Willesden Green called Pomegranate and my housemates and I may have frequented it on the odd (regular) occasion during our time there together. Seriously, what’s classier than a takeaway Pad Thai, a bottle of Tattinger and a ladies only screening of ‘Pitch Perfect’? Nothing, that’s what.

Anyway, now that I’ve disappeared halfway across London and am sadly too far from Pomegranate to delight myself with it, I’ve found a more than acceptable alternative – home-made Pad Thai using ridiculously simply ingredients from ‘not just any store’… Read More