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Catalan Cooking Class

Rachel McCormack is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living in Spain, mostly Barcelona. While she was there she caught the Catalan obsession with food and learned how to cook from eating in restaurants, talking to women in the markets, watching her friends fight over which was the correct recipe from a certain village and also watching their Mothers in their kitchens.


In the classes at Bea’s of Bloomsbury Rachel tries to re-create the kind of meal that she has at her friends’ houses in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia. It’s an informal gathering where you eat good ham, cheese and olives while everyone helps to prepare food and has a big discussion about the provenance of the food that is being made as well how to solve all the world’s problems. In the class solving the world’s problems is optional.


The classes will concentrate on a different theme depending on
the season and the  produce available.

The maximum size of the class is 8 so it is a real interactive class with everyone making and everyone helping. We eat the aperativos while we do the rest of the cooking and then we sit down together and eat the other two courses and share the Catalan wine.


At the end of the class you will have eaten a lot of good food learned about what you are making and will have taken away a lot of ideas that you can then easily replicate at meals for friends and families.
Please come in comfortable clothing and shoes, with your hair tied back if necessary . Aprons etc will be provided.
The class starts at 6.30 for 7pm prompt start and costs £60 for the tuition, food and wine.

About

Spanish food, like Italian is very regional. You would notice the difference having dinner in a Catalan’s house or an Andaluz’s as with Italians in a Ligurian’s house and a Sardinian’s. Rachel’s experience of Spain was, apart from a year in Santander, in the Catalan capital Barcelona so her knowledge and style of cooking is Catalan. The classes are Spanish cooking classes but looking at the region of Catalonia in particular, hence the name. Who are the cooking classes and events suitable for? Anyone who likes to eat, is interested in food and who wants to have a good time. Catalan food is not just about Ferran Adria and complicated molecular gastronomy.

There is a strong tradition of really high quality domestic cooking that has been an excellent spring board for chefs such as Adria, Joan Roca and Carme Ruscellada among others. Rachel’s classes are about showing you how simple it can be to create delicious Catalan dishes and serve them to your friends and family while enjoying what you do, whether you are an accomplished cook or a kitchen disaster.

What if I can’t get to the cooking  classes but want to learn? You can cook at the cook a longs on twitter from anywhere with internet access and a kitchen, or you can read the blog. If you would like to organise a class in your area then please contact info@catalancooking.co.uk All the events and classes are above and the blog contains all kinds of information and recipes on Catalan and Spanish food. Click on the title of each class or event to find more about the contents  or email me at info@catalancooking.co.uk for more information.