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Address:   Mersea Island Cookery School,
Rewsalls Lane,
East Mersea,
Essex,
CO5 8SX
E-mail address:   info@merseaislandcookeryschool.co.uk
Telephone number:   07706 671668

Course Dates

Easter breads
Monday 8th April
Learn how to make, shape and bake three different types of enriched doughs. You'll make a Neapolitan Easter bread flecked with salami, cheese and black pepper, an Easter almond and citrus filled wreath, and of course, hot cross buns.
Greek Spring Flavours
Saturday 13th April
Learn how to make some truly authentic dishes. You'll make Kalitsounia (Cretan soft cheese pasties), pittas (flat breads), tzatziki (yogurt and garlic dip), Kleftiko (Lamb shanks in a white wine sauce), lahanosalata (cabbage and carrot slaw) and Loukoumades (Honey and nut dough balls).
Easter cooking workshop for Teenagers
Monday 15th April
In the 'Easter cooking workshop' our teenagers (13-17 years old) will make pasties using a traditional Cornish recipe (vegetarian and meat option available), a coleslaw salad with homemade mayonnaise and an Easter chocolate cake to take home.
Children's Easter baking workshop
Wednesday 17th April
In the 'Children's Easter baking' workshop, our young chefs (8-12) children will make chicken fajitas with a bean and sweetcorn salsa and 4 Easter Chocolate cupcakes to take home. The children will have a sit down meal to enjoy together the food they've made.
Parent and child Easter baking
Thursday 18th April
A brilliant way to learn lots of useful skills whilst cooking as a team with family members. You will make fajitas (vegetarian and chicken options available) with bean and sweetcorn salsa and an Easter chocolate cake to take home and enjoy during the Easter weekend.
Flavours of the Middle East
Friday 26th April
Take a gastronomic journey through Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt and learn how to make some truly authentic dishes from the region including Pittas, Boreks, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Tabouleh, Ta'miyya, Kofte and Baklava.
Introduction to Patisserie
Thursday 2nd May
In the 'Introduction to Patisserie' course, you'll learn how to create a selection of patisserie classics. During the five hour workshop, you'll make Profiteroles, Millefeuille with crème patisserie and Glazed fruit tarts.
Macarons & Marshmallows
Monday 13th May
As well as instruction on how to produce perfect macarons and marshmallows, this class aims to give you tips and tricks on how to introduce flavour variations giving a contemporary twist to your confectionery creations.
Healthy Family Meals (spring)
Friday 17th May
Focusing on good quality seasonal ingredients and home cooking techniques we'll show you how you can make nourishing and exciting meals for your family. Discover new healthy alternatives that will become part of your everyday meal repertoire.
Fish: how to prepare and cook
Wednesday 22nd May
In this course, you'll learn how to choose fish, prepare it and cook it. Based on what is seasonally available, we'll have two types of fish for you to fillet and cook, plus some seafood. The course involves demonstrations, instructions, guidance and hands-on experience.
Vegetarian Summer Flavours
Monday 10th June
Get some ideas for new flavours, or some great tasting alternatives to meat dishes. One of our most popular courses, where we cook dishes from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, using seasonal ingredients.
Greek Summer Flavours
Monday 17th June
Learn how to make some truly authentic Greek dishes. You'll make Tzatziki, Dolmades, Spanakopita, Greek salad, Moussaka and Galaktoboureko
Spanish Tapas
Thursday 20th June
Take a gastronomic journey through Spain's diverse regional cuisine. We will prepare some famous Spanish tapas dishes including Gambas al pil pil, Albondigas, Romesco, Croquetas de Jamon, Patata bravas, Migas del pastor con espinacas, Pimientos de padron.
Italian Bread
Monday 24th June
Learn how to make three classic Italian breads; Ciabatta, Focaccia and Grissini. You'll also be making a traditional Pizza dough. Make, shape and bake a selection of Italian breads using fresh yeast, dry yeast and a Biga (pre-fermented starter).
Summer Desserts
Tuesday 25th June
Learn how to use gelatine, make sweet shortcrust pastry, make mousse and meringues to make Pimm's and mixed berry jelly, chocolate cloud cake with Chantilly cream strawberries and praline, lemon mini tarts and a pistachio meringue roulade with raspberries and Coulis.
Vegan Summer Flavours
Thursday 27th June
Learn how to transform ordinary ingredients into delicious, comforting dishes. With influences from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, you can create some great tasting food to share with friends and family.
Indian Curry with Sandhya Oza
Saturday 29th June
Spend the day with Sandhya Oza and learn how to cook your favourite Indian curry dishes. Understand the use of spices and build up confidence in creating new dishes that suit your palate and level of spice.
Greek Mezze
Tuesday 6th August
Learn how to make some truly authentic dishes including Tzatziki, Melanzanosalata, Xtipiti, Xoriatiko psomi, Melitzanes and kolokythia tyganita, Ntakos, Garides saganaki, Spetsofai, Kolokithokeftedes and Karydopita.
Baking for Teenagers
Monday 19th August
In this class aspiring young chefs, 13-17 year old will learn how to make three classic bakes. They will make soft bread rolls, shortcrust pastry (they then use it to make mini quiche Lorraine) and brownies. The course will conclude with a sit down meal, enjoying some of their bakes.
Children's Summer Baking Workshop
Friday 23th August
In this class our young chefs, 8-12 year old will learn how to make a quick cheese bread, sausage rolls and mini meringue baskets with fresh cream and fruit of their choice. The course will conclude with a sit down meal, enjoying some of their bakes.
Introduction to Patisserie
Saturday 14th September
In the 'Introduction to Patisserie' course, you'll learn how to create a selection of patisserie classics. During the five hour workshop, you'll make Profiteroles, Millefeuille with crème patisserie and Glazed fruit tarts.
British Pies
Monday 23rd September
Learn the tricks and techniques to make three classic types of pastry - suet pastry, short crust and rough puff pastry. Then use them to create three delicious dishes; a steak & kidney pudding, a chicken & leek pie, posh sausage rolls and a double crust apple pie.
British Breads
Thursday 26th September
We are showing our love for British food with one of the nation's most favourite foods, the bread. Learn how to make an artisan cottage loaf, a buttery, also known as a rowie, or Aberdeen roll, English muffins and a Bara brith (a yeast bread enriched with dried fruit).
Glorious British Apples
Friday 27th September
We are showing our love for British food with nation's favourite autumn fruit. Learn how to make apple crisps, apple chutney, mackerel with apples and beetroot, a casserole of apple, cider and pork, and an apple snow pudding with gingernut biscuits.

Children's Parties

If you fancy doing something a bit different for your child's party why not try a Cooking Party?

Parties can be booked Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm.

For more information please contact us.