I think the size of the dedicated section on my blog gives away the fact that I love all things food. Restaurant reviews are one of my favourite kinds of posts to write, not only because I get to munch through three courses of usually incredible cuisine, but also because I find them really fun to photograph, write and edit. Rather than simply describing foods as ‘nice’ or ‘delicious’, which I’ll admit I’m guilty of, I try to transport readers into the restaurant itself (and my mouth, to some extent) tasting and experiencing it alongside me.
However, although I love eating food – cooking it isn’t necessarily my forte. I have been known to completely RUIN dishes I’ve helped with, simply because I don’t quite follow instructions or I get the wrong end of the stick and burn it to a crisp. I can make a roast, a risotto and a pasta bake, but that’s about where my ‘skills’ stop. So, when Try My Kitchen got in touch regarding their cooking classes in London, enquiring whether I’d like to collaborate and explore my inner chef, I couldn’t say no. Especially since they wanted me to talk about PIZZA!
Pizza, as you’ll see in the coming weeks (I have lots of pizza restaurant reviews scheduled to be posted) is one of my all time favourite meals. Pizza and wine, to be precise (vital information – just in case, you know, you fancied treating me to my favourite meal). The dough has to be crispy on the edge and a little soft in the middle, with no cheese (silly lactose intolerance), lots of garlic, tomato, oregano, chicken and onions. Mmm…
However, although I love eating this specific concoction, I wouldn’t know where on earth to start with regards to making it. That’s where Try My Kitchen comes in, offering a whole host of cooking classes in London – which can be bought as a gift (this one is £29) or a treat for yourself. You won’t just be treated to prosecco and Italian gelato (oh yes) but you’ll also have an opportunity to throw your own dough (I doubt mine would look the same as they do in films – smooth and effortless – more of a disaster) and design your ideal toppings. It’s a great first date idea, present idea or even something unique to do on your own as a way of meeting new people.
In case you aren’t a pizza fan (although if not, I’d have to ask a huge WHY ON EARTH NOT?!) then you’ll be pleased to know that Try My Kitchen offers a whole host of other experiences, suited to a variety of giftees. If you’re looking to take your partner somewhere special this Christmas (or even on a weekend away), then they rather helpfully collate some of the best dining experiences in London, with full descriptions of what to expect and some handy discounts. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal for £38? Yes please! Somewhere less posh but just as tasty? Try their Meat Liqueur offer for £9!
Whether it’s dinner before the show that you’re looking for – or a cookery class, I’d definitely recommend heading on over to their site. It’s really interactive (the homepage has a very fancy moving image) and contains some helpful information for foodies navigating their way around the capital.
Happy cooking! Or should I say, eating!
Have you ever tried a pizza making class – what would be your ideal toppings?
Photos taken at Pizza Buzz, full review to follow.