Sunday, 12 April 2015

Can't Cook, Won't Cook or Just Don't have Time!! Midweek Meals with Food at 52 Can Help

I have attended a few courses at Food at 52, a central London cookery school and always come away with fresh new ideas.

Food at 52 have a new seasonal course - Midweek Meals - which I was invited to be one of the first to experience their new repertoire.  In Midweek Meals you spend most of a Sunday at the cookery school and learn to make five simple and seasonal recipes that are perfect for making after work on busy weekday evenings.  You eat two of the dishes that you make and take home the other three so lunch for the next couple of days at work is taken care of!

The recipes are straight forward and in most cases you will have the majority of ingredients in your store cupboard.

We worked in small groups each group making what they would be eating or taking home.

The perfect start to any dish!
Turning into a Tuscan Bean soup with a simple, griddled garlic bread.
There are so many really great things inside Food at 52.  This wall size mirror doubles as the board for writing the menu on.
Starting stages of a Butternut Squash Risotto with pumpkin seeds.  So easy and delicious.  Butternut squash is really good for you and now easily available in the major supermarkets as well as foreign shop.
You add the stock little by little until the rice can absorb no more then the cheeses and white wine. Top with roasted butternut squash slices.
The chicken curry was simple and a definite crowd pleaser. You can control the level of heat if someone in your family don't like it too hot.
Store bought puff pastry, cut into rectangles and scored around the edges.  Bake and when cool take off the lid of the pastry.
Fill with a creamy mixture of steamed salmon and top with watercress or rocket, bake then add a side salad and you will have a really quick, easy and refreshing mid-week supper.

Our final creation was a Baked Cod and Chorizo with Cherry Tomato parcels.
Baked in the oven in a foil parcel then served on a bed of chickpeas.
We all shared a couple of bottles of wine while we ate two of our creations and packed up the other three to take home.
I attended a selection of winter recipes but the Midweek Meals courses will be seasonal and will now be working on fresh, springtime recipes.

I was a guest of Food at 52 and was not paid to write this review.  As usual all opinions and photos are my own.


  1. That looks like fun! And probably didn't taste too bad either :)

    1. It was all delicious and made a fab lunch for work the following day!

  2. Some delicious looking dishes here, and what a fun event. Thanks for introducing me to Food at 52, I'll look them up.

    1. They run some fantastic cooking courses - always lots of wine involved too!

  3. I would have loved to attend this event, it sounds like a lot of fun.

    1. They always cater for vegetarians too so you wouldn't be left out!

  4. Some lovely recipes you made on your cooking course, looks like a lot of fun.

  5. Food at 52 is always loads of fun and you learn something every time!