Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Summer Lunch Cookery Class

Summer lunch cookery class


On a rather drizzly 'summer' day the other week, mum and I went to try out a new cookery class being run by a friend of her's.

Based around simply, healthy home cooking, it was the perfect fresh inspiration for meal ideas - it's always good to mix things up a bit!

We prepared a delicious meal from scratch, full of all kinds of yummy and nutritious things. 

And as much as fun as cooking is, eating it was obviously the best bit! After preparing all the dishes in the most relaxed, homely way, we sat down and tucked in to our creations.

For the main course we marinated chicken, peppers and onions in a simple lemon juice and herb mixture, popped them onto skewers and put under the grill to cook.

Chicken and vegetable skewers


To go with the skewers we made tabbouleh with quinoa and bulgur wheat - a light and fresh accompaniment filled with flavoursome herbs, onion and tomato and drizzled in a little lemon juice.

Summer lunch tabbouleh


We also made pesto courgetti - packed with flavour and making an excellent side dish. I love drizzling a little pesto over roast vegetables, but this was the first time I'd made my own and it was surprisingly simple (although does require a food processor) and you can definitely taste the  quality of homemade. 

Courgetti Pesto Salad


To finish off - chocolate mousse! Super simple with just eggs, chocolate and cocoa powder this was a lovely light dessert, delicious topped with fresh berries and grated brazil nuts. 

Homemade chocolate mousse with raspberries

Chocolate mousse served with berries


It's easy to stick within your comfort zones when cooking at home, so this was a great way of trying out some new combinations and using someone else's meal ideas!

These are dishes I'll certainly be trying again :)
Jennifer

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27 comments

  1. Ooh those skewers look lovely 😍😍 They'd be great on the BBQ on a hot summer day as well! I absolutely adore courgette pasta, I've never actually made it myself though, I cheat and get the precut stuff from Tesco 😜 Really enjoyed reading this post, it made me mouth water! Thanks for sharing! 😘

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. The precut stuff is just as good I'm sure - and saves on time and washing up! :)

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  2. I've never been to a cooking class - sounds like a fun time and the dishes turned out so well!


    Jane / deluminators

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    1. Neither had I before this, but I really enjoyed it and I'm pleasantly surprised at how it all turned out!

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  3. These are literally some of my favourite foods! I love courgetti so imagine this would taste amazing :) xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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    1. Me too - so it was good to introduce them to my mum!! It did taste wonderful x

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  4. I've never actually thought of going to a cooking class before, it looks fun though! I really want to give making chocolate mousse a go.

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I'd definitely recommend one just for a bit of cooking inspiration. The mousse was really simple, just egg whites, cocoa and chocolate!

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  5. That all looks delicious, defiantly going to have to try making the courgette pasta.

    Cat // Lady Law Student

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    1. Do give it a try - it's as good as normal pasta!

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  6. Courgette pasta is my favourite thing ever! It's so easy to make with a spirializer too. And that mouse looks so yummy!

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    1. yes, it's so simple and yet tastes amazing! And the mousse was very yummy indeed :)

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  7. Everything looks so good! Definitely going to have to give this a try! Xx

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  8. All this food is making me hungry! Them skewers look to die for though! I've never thought to go to a cooking class - what a way to spend a day!

    Lxoxo
    www.lovelibby.co.uk

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    1. It was a great way to spend the day - and the skewers were delicious. That's coming from someone who doesn't really like chicken normally!

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  9. We are ashamed to call ourselves foodies but have never been to a cooking class, although we are hoping to do one soon and Hooghly abroad!

    This sounds all so lovely and ugh fits perfectly for summer! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James☺️💓
    www.foodandbaker.co.uk

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    1. I love experimenting with food so I think you'd gain lots from going to one! :) Thanks for commenting! x

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  10. Oh my, this looks so yummy! My mouth is watetering, I've recently found a new love for foods drizzled in pesto. Definitely going to try the skewers and just all of it basically x

    Claire ❤ | My Little Memoir

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    1. Glad it's given you some inspiration! I love pesto and definitely don't use it enough :) x

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  11. These sound great, I'm always looking for summer recipe ideas! For some reason pesto is one of those things I always forget about, but it's great for summer :)

    Nina | www.wordsbynina.com

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    1. I never used it for anything other than pasta until my housemate used it on a lot of yummy vegetable salads. Now I'm pesto obsessed!

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  12. Your photos on here are gorgeous, but then with models like that stunning chocolate mouse you could have drawn me a scribble and I bet I'd still have my mouth watering! Does that make sense? It's been a long day, and I've accidentally stayed in the office for an extra hour because of Teacup club! Haha! Anyway lovely, this looks like a great class! I hope it takes off for your mums friend, stephie x

    www.teainyourtwenties.com

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    1. Thank you Stephie :) Haha yes I think I get you - the moussses were certainly a highlight. I loved discovering Teacup Club so I hope you enjoyed staying in the office for it! x

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  13. I would love to go to a cookery class and be taught how to properly be taught how to cook a meal.
    www.thisisallure.co.uk

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    1. Definitely look out for one - it's nice to get a few expert tips :)

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  14. yummy dishes!!!

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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