Monday, 30 March 2015

Greek Cookery Class with Tonia Buxton

I was incredibly excited and honoured to be invited to a Greek Cookery Master class by Fage Total Greek Yoghurt. Taught by the most wonderful Tonia Buxton.
This was even more of an exciting time for me, as the master class was taking place at La Cucina Caldesi a place I have been dying to go to for a very long time!

As soon as I walked up to the school, I saw the sign - today the Italian Cookery School was being taken over and for one day only it was the Greek Cookery School. As soon as I saw the sign, I knew I was in for a fab day!

I was greeted by the lovely Tonia, who was carrying the board of what looked like the most amazing breads. Tonia explained that they were traditional Easter breads, and boy were they amazing! I decided to have a try of the Flaounes, which is filled with magical spices, fruit and cheese- yes I said cheese, and its amazing!

Once I had finished gorging on the delicious breads. I was introduced to a familiar face in the crowd Janey from Slice of Slim we had spoken for about two years but never got the chance to ever meet, albeit a few occasions when we were nearly in the same place at the same time! What a lovely inspiring woman! And what a hoot we had!
We were asked to split into groups of 4 or 5, and I was lucky enough to jump into a group with four of the most wonderful ladies, along with Janey - I proceeded to have a hilarious time with these fabulous girls!

Baileee Roberts from The Model Foodie Such a wonderful girl, with a brilliant blog, and wonderful anecdotes of her journeys around the world!
Miriam Nice who is a kindered spirit! Another person who I have spoken to in the past and never met! We were matched as Foodie Pen Pals last year, and was so excited to finally meet her! Total doll and friend for life me thinks! Check her out, this girl can do wonders with an Iron, and not in the most conventional way!
Selina Periampillai fromTaste of Mauritius I mean just look at the front page of her blog, I want to jump in! She also host supper clubs and pop up events which I am dying to go to! She is also amazingly clever, although she had to leave early, she brought some tupperware with her, so that she didnt miss out on any of the food. GENIUS!
Right, so now we are all caught up with the intros - let me show you what we made!  All absolutely glorious, and some surpassed my expectations!  Especially the fish!  As I am not the biggest fish eater, I was worried I wasn't going to enjoy my experience, but Tonia's recipe was fantastic, and I can't wait to make it again!

Of course the cooking was the most hilarious part of my day.  Team Saturday as I like to call us (because the sticker we used to distinguish our dishes from the rest of the pack, said Sat on it - Original huh?) were definitely the naughty group!  We worked really fast, and really well together, but ended up not doing things that way they were supposed to so lots of giggles were had along the way, along with a few telling offs from Tonia :) 

Here are the beautiful dishes we had fun making! 

R-L: Greek Sea Bream Fillets with Olives, Capers, Lemon & Yoghurt Tahini Sauce,Greek Lamb Pattie Tray Bake, Anarocrema

Along with the fabulous food, wine and anecdotes from Tonia.  She also shared with us a game they play each year at Easter in her family!  What a hoot it is!  Basically, they hardboil eggs with some red colouring, each contestant takes and egg, and take it in turn to hit the eggs off their opponents and iwhoever has the egg fully in tact at the end wins!   I think I had a defective egg,  as mine crumbled at the first hit!  We did make Tonia test if her egg was wooden as she was just too good, but I guess! that comes from years of practice :)  Thank you Tonia for showing us this fabulous tradition! It was so much fun! 


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