Food: Take a virtual cookery class
If you’ve already exhausted your recipe repertoire, here’s our round-up of the best virtual cookery classes to take while we’re in lockdown. All come courtesy of our local indies, as Alice Ryan reports
Regis and Alex Crepy, the father and son team behind Amelie, The Grafton’s flammekueche restaurant, are demo-ing their family favourites on their website. So far they’ve posted videos showing how to make from-scratch pasta, a classic quiche and savoury cake gateau apero. There’s even a video of Alex making their signature dish, the flammekueche, a super-skinny pizza from Alsace.
* Visit amelierestaurants.co.uk/category/news/
Tristan Welch, acclaimed head chef of Parker’s Tavern, the restaurant at Cambridge’s University Arms hotel, is hosting a live cookalong on Instagram on Thursday nights. To date, he’s shared the secrets of the famous Parker’s Tavern Croque Monsieur and made a creamy, herb-filled risotto. He posts the ingredients you need in advance, so you can get everything ready, then goes live at 6pm or 7pm - follow #TristansCookAlong.
* See @parkers_tavern on Instagram.
His towering layer cakes, rocky roads, cookie cups and crevices (a take on a krispie cake, with a well of filling in the middle) attract belief-defying queues at Cambridge, Ely and St Ives Markets, with his social media followers trekking across the country to try his bakes for themselves. Now George Hepher is sharing some of his kitchen secrets, covering everything from basics (sponge, ganache) to signature bakes (rocky roads, various cheesecakes), posting regular tutorials on his channels.
* Search GeorgesBakeryCambs on Facebook and see @georges_bakery on Instagram.
Known for her distinctive patisserie style, drawing on the French-meets-Caribbean flavours of her Reunion Island childhood, Corrine Payet of Cottenham baking company Gourmandises is sharing family-friendly ‘how to’ videos on her Facebook page. Ideal if you want to do some baking with the children, she’s so far shared her quick and easy marble cake and a recipe for classic madeleines.
* Search GourmandisesDeCorinne on Facebook.
Stem + Glory
The team at Stem + Glory, Cambridge’s award-winning vegan restaurant, are hosting a regular lunchtime cookalong on Instagram. Sharing an ingredients list ahead of time, they then demo how to make favourites from their menu, such as the Swedish ‘meatballs’, smoky shakshuka, buffalo cauliflower wings and bao burger with barbecued jackfruit and pulled mushroom. PLus they’ve shared the recipe for their best-selling lasagne on their website.
* See @stemandglory on Instagram.
White Cottage Bakery
Award-winning artisan baker Helen Underwood, famed for her sourdough, usually runs courses in her Kingston kitchen. Since lockdown began, she’s been sharing her knowhow via her blog, putting up recipes for all kinds of innovative bakes - including breads made from porridge and potatoes. You’ll also find recipes for classic white sourdough, swift pitta breads and some sweet treats, too, including rhubarb and blood orange frangipane tart.
* Visit whitecottagebakery.com/blog
Tine Roche, MD of Cambridge Cookery, has launched a daily recipe blog: titled #whatsforsupper, it contains a step-by-step guide to making a delicious, in-season dish. Though Tine shares some of her masterchef techniques - take the guide to perfecting sauce bearnaise - the recipes are kept deliberately easy to follow and span sweet (sea-salt brownies, cinnamon buns) and savoury (roasted tomato pasta sauce, Thai prawn noodles).
* Visit cambridgecookery.com/whats-for-supper/
Read moreFood and Drink
More by this authorAlice Ryan