Cracking Good Food unveils cookery classes in three areas for autumn/winter

Cracking Good Food unveils cookery classes in three areas for autumn/winter

Now term has restarted, how about going back to school yourself and learning a new skill at one of Cracking Good Food’s cooking classes? The not-for-profit organisation that encourages “cooking from scratch” has plenty to tempt your tastebuds with over the next few months across three cookery schools: Chorlton, Flixton and Prestwich. Number one in Visit Manchester’s Five Great Cookery Courses In Manchester, CGF has already got the autumn season off to a great start with some bountiful wild food forages with Jesper Launder in Didsbury and Chorlton, and there are lots of indoors activities to sign up for, such as Japanese, Nepalese and Punjabi cuisine, fresh pasta and hand-rolled sushi –kicking off the autumn season at Chorlton High School next Tuesday, 16 September, 6pm.

Upping the ante on the breadmaking front, there are lots more four-hour Breaking Bread sessions in Chorlton (£60) and extended six-hour Our Daily Bread classes in Flixton and Prestwich (£80) run by artisan breadmaker Rob Tomlinson. CGF has even been able to drop the price of the longer session, making it accessible to more people. The six-hour sessions include an introduction to sourdough and a free sourdough starter, plus a 26-page colour booklet, Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, full of information, tips and recipes. Rob says: “Our workshops are hands-on and participants leave knowing how to make organic loaves, aromatic focaccia, rye bread, delicious garlic naans, even perfect pizza!”

Cracking Good Food also has two new cooking leaders. Philippa is passionate about sharing the flavours of Nepalese food and will teach Momo Making (dumplings, handmade noodles, pickle, broth) on 20 September and Dal Bhat (curries), fully booked in November, but with a second date on 7 February 2015. Each session comes with a free Nepalese spice starter kit. Marcello Ghiretti runs Master Pasta Making workshops for Piccolino restaurants, and in CGF’s four-hour Pasta Perfetto Masterclass, he will show how to create homemade pasta, developing specific technical skills and different sauce-making techniques. You’ll come away with skills you can’t get from a cookery book: his first class on 18 October is full, but sessions have been added on 24 January and 25 April 2015!

Cracking Good Food is a sustainable cooking network that promotes making seasonal meals from scratch, supporting the local economy and food producers, and reducing food waste. Seventy per cent of CGF’s work is community outreach, working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and hard-to-reach community groups. All ingredients are organic and fairtrade where possible and bought locally from independent shops, or sourced from FareShare. See for full details of classes and how to book.

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