Cooking Class with Reza Mahammad
It seems that this is the year of the cooking class for me, or should I say cooking demonstration as was the case here as eight eager cooks gathered together last Wednesday at the Explorer’s Club in Franschhoek, a guest house impeccably decorated with the artifacts of a well seasoned traveller and owned and managed by Jo Sinfeld.
We were here to meet and cook with Reza Mahammad, the irrepressible B.B.C television celebrity chef, and owner of Star of India in London. Reza is warm, welcoming and his effervescent personality sets him apart.
I arrived a bit early for the class and pretty soon we were dunking shortbread biscuits in tea, comparing brands in our own shortbread biscuit competition, in between keeping an eye on the apple and carrot pickle macerating and the fragrant vegetable stock simmering away.
Reza’s sous chef for the day was our mutual friend, the very talented Vanie Padayachee who is no stranger to the cookery class arena.
The menu included:
- carrot & apple pickle
- spicy vegetable koftas in a tomato saffron sauce
- lamb cubes in a spicy black pepper sauce
- smoked aubergine raita
- spinach and leek rice
- semolina halva with pistachio, raisins & saffron
Great post Ishay! The food looks amazing!
Sounds (and looks) like this was money well spent and who would not love a goody bag with all that swag! I do love the Le Creuset Cherry but try to stick to the cast iron stuff because it lasts forever. Ishay, I love reading your stories and always feel like I am right there with you. xxx
Glad you had fun cooking with Reza at The Explores. Great fun was had by all. The menu, the venue and the students were fab. Thanks to Reza, Le Creuset and Jo
O that sounds like such a fun event/demonstration Ishay! I love cooking classes or cooking anything really and look at that goodbag!
Wow! I love Reza’s cooking, in fact I made the lamb in black pepper sauce last week, what a treat to cook it with the man himself!
Absolutely one fabulous day! Wow! The food looks heavenly and I would so love to participate in a class like this! And the goodie bag is wow! Lucky you!
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