I may be a little premature with these very summery, chicken satay skewers. But…….it’s a good one to practise and enjoy during the spring months. Once you’ve made it a couple of times it’s quite a simple dish to knock up – should a BBQ day happen to unexpectedly creep up (fingers crossed eh). So I admit there’s a lot of ingredients in this dish, but it all goes so amazingly well together and tastes so fantastic that I can’t bring myself to take anything out. And I would urge you to try this before you reduce the ingredients list.
This satay sauce literally takes 5 minutes and is a great way to liven up your meal, particularly a chicken dish. Check out my Chicken Satay and Crunchy Noodle Salad recipe here.
So it’s time I got around to writing up about my second two weeks at Ashburton. I’ve been so busy since my last blog post that I’ve barely had chance to breath. Sadly my 4 weeks of cooking are nearly at an end! It’s flown by and I can’t believe that I’m back in work on Monday! Shock horror – I have to go back to my research job, which seems like another world at the moment that doesn’t actually exist. Unfortunately it’s the cooking world that doesn’t really exist for me, but hopefully that will all change in the very near future. It honestly feels like the end of a great holiday and the flight home is looming. I’m definitely going to suffer from chef blues when I’m back behind my desk.
Day 6 started off with filleting a fish, which was one of the main skills I wanted to take away with me after completing this course. So I wanted to pay close attention and make sure I got it right. However, this is most definitely a hands-on course and trying to make notes whilst covered in fish is not recommended! We started off with plaice, a flat fish, and we each had our own whole fish so we could copy chef as he went through each stage of how to remove all 4 fillets. He made it look pretty straight forward but it took me a while to just figure out which way around the fish should be facing on the board. Honestly, it completely fuddled my mind.
I absolutely love this matcha granola breakfast. It’s so simple, really tasty and provides a healthy start to the day. It’s even something you can have on-the-go, if the granola has been made up previously. And let me tell you this granola is well worth making – with only 5 ingredients and a super easy method it would be madness to not have a batch of this in the cupboard at all times.
The last week has been amazing, although extremely busy and hard work. I’m commuting to Halifax by train everyday which means I’m leaving the house at 6am and not getting back until 7pm at the earliest. So let me tell you I’m feeling the long days. That said, the way the train times fall, means that I get to the cookery school for 7.45am. This is way before the 9am start, so I’m getting chance to catch up on my notes…Oh and also stuff myself with a lovely breakfast from the nearby cafe 🙂 – so maybe it’s a little more eating rather than note taking, but it’s still in the same subject area:-)
A few weekends ago myself and a few friends had a night away in London in celebration of a 30th birthday. That’s right…. this is the year that me and most of my friends turn 30! This does seem slightly ridiculous, as we can’t all possibly be that grown up, but some how – it’s all true. However, it does mean that there’s lots of celebrating to be done and the first celebration kicked off in London. It was only a quick trip with one night away, but whilst we were there we managed to squeeze in 3 amazing restaurants: The Fish market for lunch, The Shard for a fancy evening meal and Muriel’s Kitchen for a detox smoothie and recovery breakfast.
Today was my first day at The Ashburton Chefs academy in Halifax!
I first came across The Ashbuton cookery school last summer (2015) when I was browsing the internet for cooking courses. This came after a lazy Saturday morning of watching an abundance of cookery TV programmes and once again coming to the conclusion that I wasn’t happy in my job and would just love to spend my days in the kitchen. I’ve always loved eating – that’s definitely no secret! But I also love to cook, especially if I have a full afternoon to go crazy with whatever ingredients take my fancy.
Smoothie time! So here it is….my first home made smoothie! Smoothies aren’t something that have featured much in my kitchen in the past. I think I’ve always thought they would be difficult to make or wouldn’t taste great once I’d gone to the effort of getting my blender all mushed up. However, turns out I was complete wrong and actually this Super Green smoothie is really easy to make and is a great refreshing start to the day.
A quick update on my cooking plans: Now its February I’m extremely excited (and not just because its starting to get a little lighter in the evenings)… This month I’m booked on to my first ever professional cooking course!!
And Oh my gosh I cannot describe how much I am looking forward to this. Its a short and intensive 4 week course, which is designed to teach the basics of professional cookery. – or even the not so basics, but super fancy stuff like this: