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:
Pancake Tuesday is a very happy day! If you don’t give us a holiday we’ll all run away!! Just a very quick post ahead of pancake Tuesday 🙂
I’ve just had a great Sunday afternoon making pancakes and I felt I had to share my creations. So here’s a couple of ideas for pancakes with a bit of extra flair! Of course I love the good old traditional pancake, so I made a couple of those to get things going and then I decided to throw caution to the wind and came up with these beauties:
As promised, in my previous post, here is my Pistachio Crumbed Chicken recipe! If you’ve had chance to have a go at my Herby mushroom and tomato sauce recipe (which I highly recommend you do) you will know how easy it is to throw together and how tasty it can make any meal. So without further ado, make sure you have some of this sauce handy to pile on to some chicken, then sprinkle over chopped pistachio, breadcrumbs and basil. As easy as that and you’ll have this amazing chicken to serve up for your dinner.
A few of reasons why you should have pistachio crumbed chicken in your life:
This quick and easy herb, mushroom and tomato sauce may seem like a bit of a none recipe, but guys, a little pot of this stored away in your freezer can be just what you need to liven up your pasta, chicken, veggies or whatever you fancy when time is of the essence.
Having a good supply of cupboard essentials such as pasta, flour, sugar, a jar of Nutella (because sometimes a spoonful of Nutella is what’s required) ……..well its essential and extremely useful when one is hungry and short of time. However, if you’re after more than just a quick fix, then it’s handy to have a stock of meal foundations. And by meal foundations I mean something that a good meal can be built on. Not just your usual cupboard ingredients like rice or pasta but things like a spicy jerk sauce to load onto chicken, a citrus dressing to drizzle on your fish, or a zesty basil pesto to mix with your pasta…..