A few weeks ago I joined a few of Bristol’s best bloggers for a taster evening at The Little Kitchen cookery school in Brislington. I’d never been before but knew about it thanks to our friend who is a huge fan.
The Little Kitchen is a really informal, friendly space designed for small groups. There were just five of us at the workshop and the maximum group size is 8. Co-owners Claire and Madeline are old friends who decided a few years ago to quit their jobs (in food and catering) in order to follow their dream of starting their own cookery school.
We were there for a taster evening and spent a leisurely few hours making dishes from two of their courses on street food and chocolate. To start with Madeline showed us how to make summer rolls. The flimsy rice paper rolls are really tricky to fill and roll. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks! Ours were vegetarian, filled with cucumber, peppers, salad and vermicelli noodles. Delicious dunked in either nuac cham dipping sauce or sweet chilli for vegetarians. I think the idea was that we could try one and take the rest home but I gobbled all three of mine up!
Next, we made chocolate truffles with Louise. She’s the chocolate tutor at the Little Kitchen and knows everything about cakes, truffles and all things choccy. We decorated our truffles with coconut, cocoa and rose petals and Nutella-style with chopped hazelnuts. The hardest part was wrapping and decorating the truffles. Everyone around the table made it look easy!
I really enjoyed my time at the Little Kitchen because it feels so friendly and informal. I think that even nervous cooks would feel relaxed there. Sometimes cookery schools can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not that good at cooking. I’ve experienced classes where the tutor stands at the front whizzing through everything. This is not like that at all. It’s a fun, educational space and I think you’d get a buzz out of going both on your own and in a group of friends!