Christine McFadden Cookery and Food Writing
Christine McFadden with students

Upcoming class details

Listed below are details of cookery classes for spring 2018. To book a class, use the on-line form
or contact Christine McFadden on 01308 482784.

Classes are 'hands-on' rather than demonstration, limited to a maximum of 7 people and are suitable for
all levels of skill.

Bookings are on a first-come first-served basis. A 40 per cent deposit payable at the time of booking confirms
your place. Full payment is due 7 days before the class. See Terms and Conditions.

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Christine had done so much
research and experimentation –
just what I needed to help
make being gluten-intolerant
more exciting and understand
the use of the exotic flours.
I am still making all her
recipes regularly – delicious.

Jocelyn Pannet
Salisbury, Wiltshire


Baking with Gluten-Free Flours/2
2 Mar, 9.45–3.30

If you're wheat- or gluten-sensitive, or simply an adventurous cook, come and
learn how to use the ever-increasing range of gluten-free flours. We will explore
flours not covered in the previous class – buckwheat, chickpea, cornmeal, lupin, potato and rice flour. You'll be surprised at how much flavour and
good-for-you nutrients they add to bakes, pastries and desserts.

Typical recipes
Buckwheat and Bay Leaf Tart with
Chocolate Pastry
Spiced Chickpea Pancakes with
Mint and Apple Relish
Frosted Lime Biscuits with
Lupin Flour
Paradise Cake from Pavia with
Potato Starch
Roasted Tomato and Gruyère
Cheese Tart with Quinoa Flour
White Chocolate Blondies with
Rice Flour
Arepas (Latin American cornmeal


What you will learn
Types of gluten and how they work
Difference between gluten and other
proteins in flour
How gluten-free flours behave
Which flours to include in a
gluten-free mix
How to make gluten-free pastry
How to make gluten-free pancakes


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Gluten free quinoa pastry cookery Christine McFadden classes South West
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Just to say thank you so much for a marvellous day, some delicious recipes and what a lovely group of people. That was my seventh day with you, and certainly one of the best.

Jenny Mortimer
Blandford Forum


Cooking with Cheese
23 Mar, 9.15–3.30

If you've ever wondered why some cheeses melt and others don't, or why some cheeses curdle when heated, then this is the class for you. We begin with a visit to award-winning cheese-maker Ford Farm, on the idyllic Ashley Chase Estate close to Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast. We'll learn how cheese is made, how it matures, and taste some mouth-watering samples.
After the tour, we return to the kitchen in Littlebredy where we will cook a selection of irrestible cheese-based dishes – some savoury, some sweet, some old favourites, some new. This promises to be a popular class so be sure to book in plenty of time.

Typical recipes
Mac 'n' Cheese with Chorizo and
Cherry Tomatoes
Fried Halloumi with Thyme and
Garlic Crumbs
Kale, Shallot and Blue Cheese Scones
Cheese and Chilli Cornbread
Brie and Bacon Tartiflette
Potato and Onion Frittata with
Goat Cheddar and Feta
Classic Cheese Soufflé
Coeur à la Crème with Strawberry
Rose Syrup
Baked Apple Cheesecake
Ricotta and Chocolate Tart


What you will learn
How to classify different types
of cheese
Which ingredients go well with
cooked cheese
The correct temperature for
heating cheese
Which cheeses melt successfully
How to make cheese sauces
How to use cheese in baking
How to use cheese in dressings
and dips
How to make delicious cheese
-based desserts


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Thank you for a very interesting
day. I learnt a lot from the filleting
demo and different techniques for
cooking fish. I plan to be a bit more adventurous in future.

Dot Mardell
Milbourne St. Andrew, Dorset


Fish Cookery
20 Apr, 9.40–5.00

The class begins with a visit to Davy's Locker, Bridport's go-to place for top-notch fish. Ace filleter Keith Blake will demonstrate how to scale, bone, skin and fillet a variety of fish, dissect and dress a crab, and clean squid. We then return to the kitchen in Littlebredy to practice techniques and cook our chosen seafood. The class includes delicious fishy snacks, lunch and a glass of wine.

Typical recipes
(based on the catch of the day)

Scallops with Sweet Chilli Sauce and
Crème Fraîche
Mediterranean Fish Stew with Aïoli
Sea Bass Parcels with Fennel and
Preserved Lemon
Grilled Sesame Mackerel with
Asparagus Salad
Skewered Sardines with Peppery
Lemon Breadcrumbs
Steamed Salmon Fillets with
Ginger and Bok Choy
Crisp Fried Plaice Fillets
Dressed Crab


What you will learn
How to tell if fish is fresh
How long to store fish
How to fillet flat fish
How to remove scales
How to remove skin
Different cooking methods
Serving sizes for fish
How to egg-and-breadcrumb fillets
How to devein prawns
How to tell if mussels are fresh
How to dress crab


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A very happy memory and the most informative cooking instruction I have ever had the pleasure of being part of.

David Chaplin
Poundbury, Dorset


Taste of Sicily
11 May, 9.45–3.30

Sicilian cuisine is a fascinating melting pot of flavours – African, Greek, Roman, Spanish and more. Most dishes are simple to make but rely on top-notch ingredients and a deft hand with dough. Come and learn to make some of the most popular dishes and bring a ray of sunshine to your cooking.

Typical recipes
Spinach Arancine (stuffed rice
Chickpea Fritters (Panelle)
Caponata (aubergine and
tomato stew)
Bucatini with Fennel, Sardines
and Crisp Crumbs
Sesame Bread
Orange, Olive and Red Onion Salad
Citrus and Almond Cake
Lemon Sorbet with Basil


What you will learn
Sicilian seasonings and flavours
Typical street food recipes
Moulding and stuffing croquettes
How to make Sicilian bread
What flours are used in bread
and cakes
Which pasta to use


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Sicilian cookery classes South West

In the pipeline for 2018
Exploring Alternative Flours
Pastry and Pies
Cool Curries

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