So, August 10th saw me racing to Central London to join a day long cookery class with Masterchef winner, Shelina Permalloo. They day was hosted by Red Magazine (I’ve gone to a few of their events since then and they’ve all been excellent and stimulating) and was held at La Cucina Caldesi. I, as usual, was running late and having forgotten to put on any deodorant had to stop en route at one of those fabulous pharmacies on Wigmore Street to buy some. It felt a bit uncouth spritzing my armpits hiding away in a corner of the shop but it was necessary as cooking is hot business.
When I arrived Shelina was just starting on a demo so I sloped to the back of the room to settle in. I was welcomed by Pip who is the Lifestyle Director of Red Magazine and he completely put me at my ease – whilst I’m always trying to cram in just one more thing before I set off anywhere, I really can’t bare being late. I was brought a cup of coffee by one of the school’s staff (and they were both brilliant, they quietly and calmly worked nonstop ensuring that the day ran effortlessly – for us, at least) and Shelina’s enthusiasm oozing style quickly had me enthralled.
Over the course of the morning Shelina demoed a number of recipes from her book, ‘Shelina: Sunshine On A Plate’, including; Spicy Beef Patties, Spicy Quinoa Salsa and (I think – my memory plays tricks on me) Coriander and Mint Chutney.
And then, it was over to us
Chop chop chopping…
Whizzing, mixing and a pool of deliciously spiced and seasoned (which means salt and pepper) oil…. Apparently, you’re not allowed to say salt on the BBC!?
And when all of that was over the work benches were miraculously turned into tables – almost worth booking in to a course there just for this – and we sat down to eat what we had cooked plus perfect steamed rice (it’s all in the washing apparently but I just can’t be arsed with that).
Now, our beef patties don’t look that sexy but by Jove they were good, succulent and juicy and perfectly spiced.