Gift vouchers for cookery course always make good Christmas gifts but if you’re budget doesn’t run to that then this cookery course in a box is the perfect alternative.
The idea was developed by Yasmin McDonagh, of Scotia Spice, who runs authentic Punjabi cookery courses at her home in Balfron, just north of Glasgow. She had been asked about writing a book but after listening to comments from people who attended her courses, the cookery course in the box was born. Many commented on the number of cookery books they owned but rarely cooked from them or had all the ingredients for the recipes. Unlike the gift of a cookery book, the box contains all the spices and a chilli jelly to cook 6 punjabi dishes.
Priced at £20, there are 3 ‘Cookery Course in a Box’ to chose from, chicken, lamb or vegetarian, each with a different selection of recipes.
Yasmin has given me the chicken course to cook and I’m looking forward to writing about that in the New Year. However, I watched and listened as she cooked cook up three delicious meals from the lamb box. In a very short time she produced 3 really flavoursome Punjabi dishes, Keema Lamb, potato & pea curry and a classic cucumber raita. Yasmin was right when she described the dishes as real family food and winners on affordability and taste.
As she cooked, referring to the various dishes as her soul food, Yasmin talked with great passion about learning to cook with her mother and grandmother. She really cooked from the heart, and spoke at length about the ingredients, describing the benefit of each spice as they were added to the pan.
There are also three course options to chose from at Scotia Spice:
Full day – £130. Start with a spice workshop, learning about the spices and how to use them. Followed by cooking 6 punjabi recipes which you will take home along with the recipes and a selection of spices.
Half day – £75 Start with a spice workshop and cook 3 Punjabi recipes which you will take home along with a selection of spices.
Introductory session – £30. This session will give you a taste of what Scotia Spice offers. After the spice workshop you will cook one dish which you will take home along with a selection of spices.
Numbers are restricted to 3 on each session, allowing Yasmin to guide you through the practical parts of the session.
Telephone 01360 449399