Goodbye and Good Luck to our July Students

August 24th, 2012

We have recently said goodbye to another cohort of our four week residential students. We are always proud of what our students manage to achieve when they come on our courses. They see themselves transformed from nervous novices to confident and happy cooks!
Today, we would like to share with you the menu that our July [...]

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August Seasonal Spotlight – Beetroot

August 6th, 2012

August Seasonal Spotlight – Beetroot
Beautiful, deep red beetroots are in season this month. Sadly, none of our beetroots have survived the slug onslaught in the Cookery School vegetable patch this summer. One year, we grew so many beetroots that we didn’t know what to do with them. We ate as many as we could, pickled [...]

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Summer Time and the Pudding is Easy

August 2nd, 2012

There is something so very appealing about a perfect white meringue nest covered in cream and studded with beautiful seasonal fruit. People may think that meringues are too complicated to bother with, but we assure you that they are not! And homemade meringues are so far superior to those powdery shop-bought versions that it’s really [...]

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Vegetarian One Day Course…with Piedmontese Peppers

July 28th, 2012

We have just finished a very successful one day vegetarian cookery course. Here at the Gables, we love vegetarian food and encourage our students, even the determined meat eaters, to think of vegetarian food as an exciting and varied alternative menu. Students on our vegetarian courses are often interested not only in the health benefits [...]

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Australian Christmas in July

July 25th, 2012

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nibbling at your nose, Christmas Carols being sung by a choir…”
At the Gables, we are very proud of Australian connections. Two of our partners are dual Australian and British citizens, which gives us a great insight into life on the other side of the world. One custom [...]

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Italian Focaccia

July 22nd, 2012

We had an Italian One Day Course running this Saturday and it has reminded us of our recent travels there. Nothing quite beats walking through the Italian Mountains during the day and watching the sun set over the Italian Lakes with a cool, crisp glass of wine in the evening. Italy is a superb and [...]

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A New Course Begins…with a Lemon Posset

July 19th, 2012

We have just started another intensive residential four week course here at the Gables, which means that the school is full of new enthusiastic students ready to develop their cookery skills and take their first steps to becoming trained, confident and happy cooks. As we write this, we can smell their first batch of fresh [...]

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Why I started the Gables Cookery School

November 20th, 2009

To be honest, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked why I started the Gables Cookery School. The subject came up only the other day when I was talking about old times down under with my sister Kathy…

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New Simply 3 – 5 Book

November 23rd, 2009

Since the launch of Simply 3 – 5 in November, I’ve had many requests for sneak previews of the recipes contained in the book. It’ll probably be one of the most useful cookery books you ever buy. In the meantime, here are a few tasters…

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2010 already!!!!!

March 1st, 2010

You are probably wondering where we have been!! Kathy and I have been very busy since the launch of our new cookbook Simply 3 – 5. In fact, Kathy made a flying visit to England late in November all the way from sunny Melbourne in Australia to the colder climate here……

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Quick and Easy Cooking Course

March 12th, 2010

I have recently taught the first of our Quick and Easy Cooking courses. This course is centred around our new book ‘Simply 3 – 5’. I had some very enthusiastic students…

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Mother’s Day

March 13th, 2010

Mother’s Day!! What a very special day where we can all say thanks to our Mums because sometimes we forget to do that throughout the year…..

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Speaking of Mothers….

March 25th, 2010

My daughter is currently in her third year at University and I was talking with her on the phone the other day when she asked me for some advice. She had to cook a dinner party for eight people……..

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Happy Easter

April 1st, 2010

With it being Easter my thoughts are on eggs!! So, I thought it might be useful to share a few egg (non chocolate variety) tips with you. So here they are:

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Australian visitors and Cornwall

May 10th, 2010

I haven’t posted for a while because I have been really busy both at the school as well as having visitors from Australia. My sister Tricia and her husband have just spent a few weeks with us…..

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July Seasonal Spotlight – Raspberries

July 16th, 2012

Juicy red raspberries are in season this month and at the Gables we thought we would share with you some of our favourite easy raspberry recipes from our book ‘Simply 3-5.’
We all know that raspberries make beautiful desserts, but how often have you tried them in a savoury context? One of our most popular starters [...]

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Food for Rainy Summer Days – Carrot and Courgette Soup

July 17th, 2012

We are assured that it is in fact the height of the British Summer, although you would forgive us for being a little doubtful here at the Gables. We would so love to be giving you some beautiful barbeque recipes but sadly the rain is still pouring over our herb garden and our barbeque is [...]

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Day 20

August 3rd, 2012

Full English Breakfast

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Day 19

August 2nd, 2012

End of Course Dinner

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Day 18

August 1st, 2012

Jointing Chicken & Stuffing (Page 338)

Chocolate Mousse (Page 85)
Brandy Snap Baskets &Tuiles (Page 36, 365)

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Day 17

July 31st, 2012

Twice baked Cheese Souffle    (Page 67)

Very Messy Sugar Spinning

Salmon En Croute (Page 310)

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Day 16

July 30th, 2012

Matching Wine to Food

Lamb Rump, Caramelised Onion & White Bean Puree    (Page 189)
Red Wine & Juniper Berry Sauce        (Page 296)
Courgettes with Lemon Gremolata    (Page 101)

Bread & Butter Pudding    (Page 37)
Walnut & Raisin Bread    (Page 375)

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Day 15

July 27th, 2012

Prawn Cocktail
Grilled Cod & Caviar Sauce
Fruit Tartlets

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Day 14

July 26th, 2012

Pheasant Casserole with Madeira & Grapes (Page 167)
TarteTatin (Page 352)
Berry Jam (Demo)

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Day 13

July 25th, 2012

Ballottine of Chicken
(Page 16)
Croquette Potatoes
(Page 117)

Vegetarian Burgers
(Page 62)
Leek Roulade & Ricotta
(Page 196)
Carrot & Cumin Burger Buns (Handout)

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Day 12

July 24th, 2012

Sushi Rice (Page 341)
Vermicelli Noodle & Vegetable Parcels (Page 237)
Minced Pork & Prawn Spring Rolls (Page 332)

Ensure the spring roll is completely sealed before deep frying or it will burst open.
When layering up the sushi rolls be sure not to spread the rice and fillings to thick…A little goes a long way!

Beef & Black Bean [...]

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Day 11

July 23rd, 2012

Pork Escalope in Calvados Sauce
(Page 277)
Fondant Potatoes
(Page 171)
Brown Bread Rolls
(Page 44)

Meringues (Page 220)

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Day 10

July 20th, 2012

Food Hygiene Exam

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Day 9

July 19th, 2012

Brioche “Eggy” Toast with Taleggio Tomato & Parmesan (Page 41)

Baked Honey Glazed Ham (Page 170)

English Scones (Page 318)

Flaky Pastry (Page 138)

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Day 8

July 18th, 2012

Chicken Tagine with Almonds, Dates & Honey (Page 78)

Try not to stir the tagine too much during cooking as the chicken will break down.Serve with a pickled cucumber salad:
Mandolin sliced cucumber, red onion, white wine vinegar and sugar. Yum!

Caramel Oranges (Page 56)

When caramelising the sugar ensure the sugar is dissolved over a slow heat and then [...]

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