Sophie's Cookery School - The Ingredients

Sophie’s Cookery School – Lemongrass, Chilli and Lime

Thai Cooking with Sophie’s Cookery School

Last night Anna and I took advantage of some vouchers my brother got us for Christmas and book our cooking lesson at Sophie’s Cookery School.

Sophie’s Cookery School run a range of pop up cooking classes that range from pasta to Japanese cuisine, and even do hen parties.

The theme du jour was Thai.  Anna is already a dab-hand at green and red curries, but my cooking is generally more European, so I was really interested in learning a bit more about Asian cooking.  There were 6 of us in total, making Sweetcorn Fritters, Pad Thai, Chicken Rendang, Thai Hotpot and a Sticky Mango and Coconut Rice Pudding; all under the watchful eye of Sophie and Amelia.

Sophie's Cookery School - Frying the Pad ThaiThis really is a hands-on course, relying far more on ‘doing’, than spending ages describing the minutia of the processes and techniques.  I think a certain level of cooking knowledge is assumed, and the expectation is that if you don’t know, you ask!

The course last night was run out of Teddy Edwards’ kitchen showroom in Oxford, which if nothing else gave me a huge amount of kitchen envy.  It was also quite amusing to see passers-by looking through the window and wondering at what this strange guerrilla cooking event was!

Sophie's Cookery School Chicken RendangSophie and Amelia’s instruction is very informal, but there is clearly a good structure to the class, with an amount of humour thrown in.  As a group, we would generally tag-team between different dishes to get it all done in the 3 hours or so we had, so there was never a moment when you had nothing to do.

After all the cooking, we got to sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labour, all getting around the table to chat and eat, with a couple of bottles of wine too.

All in all, a really enjoyable evening.  We got to cook some amazing food, learn about Thai flavours and cooking, and meet some interesting people as we went.  We’ve already got our eye on the next course at Sophie’s Cookery School we want to do!

Thai ‘Lemongrass, Chilli and Lime’: £60 per person for 3 hours, with all ingredients (and wine) included.

Sophie’s Cookery School host pop-up classes in venues across Oxford.

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