2 April 2014

Curry & Souffle with #Currysinthekitchen.

I'm not a bad cook. I can generally turn my hand at most things - the first time that is, it's the second time when things tend to go catastrophically wrong. This in mind when I was recently invited to a blogger event/cooking class by Currys & the Underground Cookery School, I couldn't - for the sake of Mr Kiwi's stomach - say no.
Sadly missing the opening canapés and apertifs (darn London transport), I scooted in just in time for a lovely welcome, and a few warm words from our hosts before saying hey to a few of the lovely bloggers chatting in the room.
 In Floyd we trust...

Aprons donner and bellies beginning to rumble it was onto the really important stuff. Our best tip of the night accompanied the from-scratch made chicken curry Angela and I rustled up. After deboning the chicken, (admist hilarious heckles from our instructions and their shouts of "hashtag oil" ringing through the kitchen) we cooked off the Garam Masala mix, added the tomato & coconut milk then poached the chicken and potato. The smell was simply heavenly.
Adding the chicken to the fragrant, bubbling sauce, and not vice versa, was a bit of a revelation for all of us - as long as you ensure that the chicken is cooked through (ours was popped in the oven to finish off) poaching the chicken ensures that it's tender and doesn't dry out.
Doesn't that just make your mouth water?



Then, dessert. Let me quietly say this: there is no way that outside these 4 walls, that I would ever attempt a soufflé. Not a chance in hell (in fact I'd be more likely to sport an Aussie flag, just sayin'). But, cracking puns (and eggs, sorry) as we went along, under the watchful eyes of our bemused instructor, our soufflés turned out to be a brilliant success.


Egg whites & sugar whipped to a stiff peak (complete with Jamie Oliver over the head bowl flourish) we carefully folded through a pear compote before spooning carefully into buttered & floured soufflé dishes.


The next step surprised us once again; after levelling the containers off, we tapped the pots in order to make sure that all the air bubbles had escaped (so much for being petrified of slamming nearby doors), we then ran a finger around the edge (to discourage the top from sticking and rising instead). They went straight into a hot oven for 15 minutes.



What did we do whilst patiently waiting for the results? Let me just say that Bloggers + how to make cocktails + a hilarious instructor = gold.


See?


Then as they say, the proof was in the pudding. Heavily photographed of course, after all this WAS a blogger event and nothing escapes those lenses!



Et voila!


4 hours prior to the Currys in the kitchen event, I had been chopping up fruit and vegetables for Bearded Pig Dinners at London Zoo. I think it was safe to say that it hadn't been a boring day...

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22 comments :

  1. Interesting mix of dishes, but it looks extremely delicious!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

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  2. Whelp that settles it. I'm definitely going to need a curry for dinner now!

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  3. I'm terrified of attempting a soufflé as well. I'm impressed, you are going to a master chef with all these cooking classes!

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  4. Hey now, nothing wrong with an Aussie flag! ;)

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  5. You're lucky to attend such events! Everything looks so fresh & delish!! ;D

    <3 Carsla
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  6. I misread the title and thought you'd made a curry souffle first of all, which would be intriguing. But both the curry AND the souffle look scrumptious, and I love your shot of all the bloggers photographing their dishes - classic!

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  7. Yes my mouth is watering! It looks like a really fun class :)
    Janie x

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  8. What a FABULOUS post and such an interesting event too, love it and wish I had been there! LOVE the bloggers taking photos photo too! Karen

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  9. busy day and lots of things learned. Never been to Underground cookery school but heard lots about it!

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  10. Looks like a lot of fun and some really nice food.

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  11. Looks like a fun evening! I have to make a decent curry one day, it's been a long time since I've made one!

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  12. Interesting mix of dishes - im sure the curry smelled heavenly. Cool tip about the souffle too.

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  13. Interesting mix of dishes - im sure the curry smelled heavenly. Cool tip about the souffle too.

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  14. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:55

    Karen, you're much, much too skilled to be taking a class like this! That said, it would have been wonderful to clink glasses with you.

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  15. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:56

    We have a shelf at home just of curry spices, but still can't make them as good as a restaurant. One day!

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  16. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:56

    It was delectable, if I do say so myself.

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  17. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:57

    I have to be honest I hadn't heard of them, but I'll be back and soon!

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  18. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:57

    It really was interesting, but quite a good mix - a heavy curry then light fruity dessert

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  19. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:58

    Nothing wrong with an Aussie flag at all - except if the NZ border guys heard I'd been wearing one, I think they'd strip my passport!

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  20. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:59

    It was great fun - and such lovely fellow bloggers.

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  21. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 22:59

    I reckon you're onto a winner there - and it would be proof I was listening to the chefs if it succeeded! It really was hilarious - and a lot of 'how many bloggers does it take to make a souffle' jokes.

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  22. londonkiwiemma16 May 2014 at 23:00

    It was great fun!

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