cooking classes

Spicy Pickles for Queensland Weekender, and a cooking class

Spicy Pickles for Queensland Weekender, and a cooking class

This post finds me a little out of order. You see, I should be telling you that my cooking classes are about to feature on Channel 7′s Queensland Weekender, and instead, I’m telling you that they did. On Saturday night! Sorry about the tardiness but I’ve had a very full week! My pickled ginger and asian coleslaw featured in the shoot, as did 6 of my loveliest students. Thanks, again, for being stars. Thank you also, dear Audrey, for the photos, and Ashleigh Frater and Alastair McLeod for the opportunity. If you missed our 5 minutes of fame (and me [...]

The Pleasures of Pressure Cooking, this Saturday

The Pleasures of Pressure Cooking, this Saturday

Cooking under pressure has become my latest fixation. I’m in love with my yellow cooker. the noise of its vent closing down, the silence of perfect pressure, the whoosh as I run cold water over its lid, encouraging release. I’ve been making risottos from carnaroli rice and whole barley, meat stocks ready in an hour, smoky baked beans with ham hocks, and heavenly braises with shanks and tails. Come see what this love tastes like on Saturday, or stay tuned here, for many pressure cooker experiments to come. xx

Another sell-out, and Making Tempeh from Scratch, a hands on class

Another sell-out, and Making Tempeh from Scratch, a hands on class

Who’dda thought tofu and tempeh were so in demand? I certainly didn’t, but I’m chuffed that there’s so many people out there wanting to learn more about these important soy bean products. The 11th February class is now sold out, so I’ve got another one planned for April 21st. See the Cooking Class page for more details. In these introductory classes, there’s enough time to make tofu from scratch, but making tempeh is more involved. So, I’ve created a class dedicated to the task. It’s on April 28th, and will be completely hands on, so you’re sure to take the [...]

Updated and Improved Step by Step to Jam Making

Updated and Improved Step by Step to Jam Making

I’ve been meaning to update this basic skill for a while. Now, with my Stone Fruit Jams Cooking Class waving at me from tomorrow, with a tonne of patient plums piled on the floor beside me, with another tonne of nectarines shedding their flavours into a syrupy sugar, with pate sablé ready to roll into pastry shells, butter to be rubbed into scones, rough puff to be filled with jam and fruit, steamed jam pudding to be tested and plum crumble slice to be made, I thought now was a good time to update my jam post.  

Bookings now open for January and February Cooking Classes!

Bookings now open for January and February Cooking Classes!

Dates and times are finalised and I’m madly preparing recipes, sourcing ingredients and serving up endless meals of tofu and tempeh to my family (not to mention cherry jam) JUST so I can bring you the most honed and informed cooking classes I can. If you have any doubts that my earnestness might not pay off, perhaps you’ll take a look at some of the kind words I’ve been receiving from previous students (thank you, all of you- you’ve invigorated me!) And yes I’m blowing my own horn, yes I’m proud. I’ve worked really hard at these classes and your [...]

Two cooking classes, one on stone fruit jams, one on tofu and tempeh

Two cooking classes, one on stone fruit jams, one on tofu and tempeh

Finally, FINALLY, I’ve managed to plan two classes for early next year. Here they are- still at the wonderful Taste store. Now, you can’t book yet, as Taste staff are running like crazy just to keep up with all those last minute Christmas shoppers. But I promise to tell you just as soon as you can book. And if you want to register your interest now, I’ll let you know personally when you can call to book your place. Just email me on angela@thegoodsoup.com and I’ll add you to my cooking class update list.

Three exciting things (not kourabiedes, colds or my kitchen)

Three exciting things (not kourabiedes, colds or my kitchen)

I’ve got a cold. This is not what excites me. It’s a clog-mire of wet sand on my brain. Stray grains seep out to scratch my eyeballs, but the bulk set like concrete in my sinuses, its weight making my teeth ache. What isn’t clogged is running, a constant stream of fluid departing my face through the left nostril. Not pretty, but oh so true. And much prettier on me, I must say, than Oliver, who can’t wipe his nose yet. I’ve never been in charge of wiping someone’s nose before. It’s not my favourite role. I’m not even very [...]