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Friday, 20 June 2014

Underground Cookery School

So, I'm not entirely sure how this happened, or whether it was some sort of mad mistake, but I managed to get myself invited to a bloggers event held at the Underground Cookery School in London last Monday! Did I go? Of course I bloody well did.
This was my very first bloggers event, and if I'm completely honest - I found the whole thing very odd: It was not frowned upon to be tweeting whilst others were conversing. Taking photo's until just before our food went cold was a regular at every course, and exchanging numbers was replaced with exchanging blog urls. Totally bizarre for this newcomer: but after awaiting nervously outside the unsuspecting building for an unreasonable amount of time, I got stuck in and met some really lovely people!
The Cookery School offers varying cookery events to cater for groups of people from hen parties to office team building sessions and I was lucky enough to experience this with a group of strangers that soon became friends.
As we arrived, we were immediately offered a glass of Prosecco (Can't say no) and appetisers were soon brought to our table for us to munch on whilst getting to know each other. The prosecco was topped up extremely regularly and no-one was left thirsty or hungry for even a second!
We began by eating some beautiful salmon canope's:
 
Being in new company, I was very aware to not literally inhale every item of food placed in front of me, as I'm sure the girls would have been pretty unimpressed if they hadn't got to try some! 
We were then offered a beautiful duo of finger foods:

 The first was a light pastry snack covered in sesame seeds with the most beautiful basil dip and the second was what I could only describe as an incredibly tasty 'rice ball' with sweet chilli dip. (This was of course until the lovely Plum informed me that they are in fact called 'arancini' - cheers pal! )

We were then invited to chop herbs, shell broad beans and then split into two groups to begin preparing the fish & chicken.
Squeal.
I'm normally fine with preparing meat and fish but if it's still got eyes we're onto a problem.
Thankfully I wasn't the only one who felt like this, as a group of mostly squirming girls gathered round the table to be taught how to perfectly fillet a piece of fish. (At this point I was thankful to find out that our lovely fish had already been gutted. Thank God.)
 After impressing myself immensly by not collapsing in some fishy heap by the side of the table, we then swapped with the other group and prepared the chicken. Now, for those who are a little squeemish, myself included, you probably won't like what you are about to hear and so I'll keep it short and sweet. 
We chopped it's wings and legs off (including a lovely dislocation) & then cut carefully to remove the breast.
In all honesty though, as much as I'm being dramatic here, it was actually really useful to be taught this by a proper (& very patient) chef, and despite squirming my way through it.. I did it, I was happy with it, and I was still very much alive and not mentally broken.
High Five!
We then made the meringue (I say we... I didn't really get involved in this bit, but rather happily watched from the sides - Too many cooks spoil the broth as they say!) Some of the girls added the ingredients to the mixture and whisked until it formed stiff peaks, and after a short while in the oven, added cream and strawberry's and rolled it like an absolute pro. (I'm looking at you Callie! )
We then slowly made our way back to the table to catch up after our food preparations whilst the chefs made our food offerings into a beautiful three course meal. 
Starter: Salad of Sea Bass, Fresh Pea & Mint with a lemon dressing
Main: Breast of Chicken with Salsa Verde, Broad Beans & Jersey Royals
Dessert: Strawberry Meringue Roulade
Excuse my poor food photography and just believe me when I say - everything I ate was delightful and my dessert was inhaled within seconds. Just BEAUTIFUL.  
So not only did I learn a lot, in a fantastic environment, but I also got to meet some great people, and I truly believe that the Underground Cookery School would be a fantastic place to make new friends, form new bonds, or even just spend a little more time on those bonds that already exist.  
I certainly loved meeting some new people and finding some more blogs to read! 
And to top the evening off (not that it needed topping off mind) I was given a free goody bag!
Thanks so much to all those at Underground Cookery School! I had a blast!

And thanks so much to all you guys reading too! I wouldn't have been invited if you weren't interested in reading my words!

xxx





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  1. Ally it was lovely to meet you and great post. I was very thankful that you were standing outside the front of Underground Cookery school otherwise I may never of found it. Look forward to seeing you at other events. Now going to have a look at your blog Lucy x

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    1. Awh thanks Lucy!! Haha as am I! Don't think I would have made it in otherwise!! Was lovely to meet you!!! X

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  2. Was lovely to meet you briefly at the very end! We're both proof that you don't need to have lots of followers to be appreciated as a good blogger, your blog speaks for itself!
    Cx
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