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