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Lamb stuffed aubergines with manchego cheese

Had a fab foodie and photography day yesterday in the Cheshire countryside. I’ve wanted to go on a cookery course for ages and the opportunity came out of the blue when I got the chance to bid for a ticket for the charity C.R.Y for Matthew via Redshift Radio founder, Liz Southall. Liz was also on the course along with Jamie, who is the “go to guy” if you have a problem with potholes! I bet he’s kept busy!

Anyhow. we all had a fabulous day away from our normal day jobs (although Liz and I couldn’t quite resist combining cooking with promoting and photographing respectively!). The course was held at Cheshire Cooks, Lakeside Barn close to Oulton Park. The venue is spectacular, purpose built for running cookery courses, as well as offering optional luxury accommodation with spa facilities.

Our course was “A Taste of Spain” and we cooked an astonishing 14 courses, including lots of tapas dishes, speciality bread, meringues and desserts. We were expertly guided by Philip Martin, who effortlessly had us kneading, rolling, chopping, stirring, mixing and laughing a lot! Lunch was, of course, delicious, as we ate some of what we had cooked so far, but there was far too much to scoff during the day so we left with very generous doggy bags (a crate full).

Few further words are required as I hope the photographs show what a fabulous time we all had.

Getting stuck in with bread making and baking
Learning lots of new skills
Reaping the rewards of our labours
Philip and James of Cheshire Cooks

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