Meat Free Monday was lucky enough to go to the Cookery School recently and attend a class which aimed to show “how good vegan food can be”. Run by a fully qualified chef named John Fernandez and supported by Aga Nowicka, the three-hour session was held in a small, professional kitchen at the Cookery School HQ in central London (just minutes from Oxford Circus).
With drinks and nibbles on reception, the ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’ class kicked off with hygiene and safety procedures before the students (just four of us) worked together with John and Aga to prepare a delicious vegan feast of Mini Pizzas, Arrabiata Sauce and Puttanesca Sauce with Pasta, Vegetable Chilli with Herbed Basmati and Wild Rice, Spanakopita, Risotto Primavera and Chocolate Sorbet.
From cutting an onion (who’d have thought that it’s best to keep the root in tact while you do this) to skinning a tomato, preparing garlic to kneading dough, the class covered some everyday key cooking skills, plus more advanced techniques such seasoning and working with filo pastry. The mixture of demos and ‘hands on’ practice, with a chance to ask questions throughout, made the whole experience particularly beneficial and showed how varied and exciting Meat Free Monday meals can be.
And what a spread! … Once the food was prepared, a table was set up and we were invited to sample a couple of dishes at a time, along with a glass of wine or beer.
The Cookery School runs a range of veggie courses, including ‘The Ultimate Vegetarian Course’, ‘Vegetarian Indian Masterclass’ and ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’.
“The main reason for Meat Free Monday is to reduce the consumption of animal proteins as we eat far too much of them anyway”, said Cookery School Principal Rosalind Rathouse. “If we can reduce the amount of meat and poultry that we eat, we can reduce our carbon footprint too.”
“Recent research is showing too that a meal higher in vegetables is far healthier than one loaded with animal protein and fats. Over and above those reasons, vegetables are really delicious when well-cooked and provide great variety throughout the year, particularly if one cooks seasonally. Pulses and grains provide a source of protein too so vegetable eaters are not deprived of proteins if they plan their meals wisely. We often provide meat and vegetarian lasagnas and we find that even meat eaters say how delicious the latter is and often on their second helpings go for the vegetarian one.”
For your chance to win a place at one of the Cookery School’s vegetarian or vegan classes, simply complete the form below. The prize draw closes at midnight (GMT) on Friday 9 June. Please note, all classes take place in London, UK.
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– You can enter this competition by completing the online form above.
– You are entering a competition to win one place on a vegetarian or vegan cookery class at the Cookery School, 15b Little Portland Street, London W1W 8BW.
– The winner can choose a place on one of the following four courses taking place on various dates between 10 June and 31 December 2017: ‘Wild Fermentation Pickling Class’, ‘The Ultimate Vegetarian Course’, ‘Vegetarian Indian Masterclass’, ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’.
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