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Jamie Oliver Recipease

At Jamie Oliver’s Recipease you get the chance to learn from one of his team how to make a selection of his famous dishes. Last night Rob and I embarked upon the American-style green chilli class at the Clapham Junction branch.

This is where I should let you know that Rob is a superb cook. He loves food, reading recipes and as a way of unwinding in the evening he will happily cook new recipes and try new things. I on the other-hand can cook, but much prefer to bake and certainly don’t find cooking calming like Rob does! This really was a chance for me to learn some new techniques in a fun and chilled out atmosphere - (It probably was also going to help that I had a rather large glass of wine in the pub first!)

When we arrived we were introduced to our chef Dan, we put our belongings away, washed our hands and put on our aprons. Dan then took us through the first parts of the recipe that we were going to make; the pork chilli and the dough for the flatbreads. Having seen how much chopping there was to do, the injury Chef Dan had from chopping his nail off and my history with a breadknife (another story altogether) we thought it may be safer for Rob to do the chopping and for me to make the flatbreads!

You work in pairs and have a little cooking station for the both of you with all your ingredients laid out and all the tools you will need. You each get your own hob too! Rob got on with the chopping and I started on the dough.

The flatbreads could not have been simpler to make and I was rather impressed with how similar my dough turned out to the one Dan had showed us. All they entailed were flour, baking powder, salt, some water and oil. We then included fennel seeds and parsley to give them a unique flavour. Maybe this cooking malarkey could be fun!

Our Jamie Oliver Flat bread Baking

Dan came round to each couple and checked on how we were doing, answered questions and gave little tips and facts along the way. He certainly had the ‘Jamie’ style of cooking down to a fine art and his and our dishes did look exactly like the one in Jamie’s book.

Once the pork chilli was starting to cook and the flatbreads were made, Dan showed us how to make the guacamole (very roughly chopped – not like shop bought ones) and explained how long we should cook the flatbreads for. It was then our turn to follow and then we could eat it!

Our Jamie Oliver Guacamole

We decided again that Rob should chop and as I was so proud of my little flatbreads I should cook them. All in all the lesson and cooking took around an hour and then we got half an hour to sit down with our fellow chefs and enjoy the result of all our hard work with a well-earned glass of wine or beer. I have to say that it really was delicious and so simple to do. Following the class they email you the recipe so you can recreate it at home and they also keep the shop open and give you 10% that evening. We certainly will be cooking this for friends and you never know maybe I have found my calling as a bread maker!

Sams Jamie Oliver Inspired Meal

I would highly recommend a Recipease class to anyone who either enjoys cooking, wants to learn some simple dishes, or as a party with friends. I have my eye on the Dipping into Chocolate class or the Knife Skills one (so I don’t have any further nasty accidents!) I think we will make this a more regular outing.

Sam And Rob Make a Jamie Oliver Inspired Dinner

Melissa, January 2013