New Bakery and Deli 16-week countdown

We have ticked off another week on our countdown to our new building being ready for us.

The exciting news this week is that the post office has confirmed the new official name of our location as Cambridge Cookery School, School House, Homerton Gardens! We love it.

We are currently shortlisting breads destined for our new bakery...

Breads of Spain and North Africa master class

Our bread classes continue to sell out and to attract huge praise. This year we launched a new series of bread master classes with our Leiths and Cordon Bleu trained baker Clare Bermingham "Breads of the World". Clare's breads are second to none and her teaching style is incredibly calm and very instructive.  Clare is busy planning which breads we shall be baking in our new Deli when it opens this autumn. So far our classic sour dough and soft Swedish rye have definitely made it into the shortlist.

Clare will be running her class on the great breads of Spain and North Africa this coming Sunday and guests will be learning how to bake these gorgeous breads and will leave with all their fantastic breads after the class. We love our Sunday mornings of baking and hope the warm weather will return so we can serve some chilled Gazpacho for lunch!

Joining Simply Good Food TV

I am honoured to have been asked to join a group of fabulous chefs on new app Simply Good Food TV @sgftv. This fantastic app offers easy to follow films by chefs ranging from @jamieoliver and @gordonramsey to - well me - and is the creation of clever TV chef and baker Peter Sidwell.

My 8 films will show me making some of my favourite Scandinavian dishes including the Cookery School signature bake; Swedish cinnamon rolls! Download the app now for first hand access to the latest uploaded films.

Strawberry Cordial

If you are not a dedicated and confident pickler and preserver it can seem daunting to have a go at home. This recipe is a great entry point as it takes 20 minutes from start to finish and does not include a conserving or preserving ingredient, just fresh fruit, water and sugar. The flavour of home made strawberry cordial is absolutely wonderful and epitomises summer. Made this way the cordial won't keep for very long and should be kept in the fridge. Serve diluted 1/4 over lots of ice and with a sprig of fresh mint. Or use it for a pretty and delicious summer cocktail mixing it with chilled Prosecco and a little lemon juice.

Simmer 2 litres of cleaned, ripe berries and 400ml water  for 8-10 minutes, then sieve them through muslin. Return the juices to the pan and add 425g sugar per litre of sieved juice. Simmer for another 10 minutes and  the cordial is ready to be poured into clean glass bottles just out of a hot cycle in the dish washer.



New bakery and deli with aircon...17-week countdown

As of this week the wonderful historic head quarters for Rattee & Kett - soon to become our new home - have been fitted with air con of a slightly more drastic nature than we turned out that two of our walls had no foundation, so that meant peeling away existing brick walls, windows and - our most coveted - original boxed-in awnings.

We are not too concerned as they are all about to reappear when the building is re-constructed next week and our original awnings will be returning. Our plans include outdoor seating (South/west facing = evening sun) under the awnings, outside the Deli.

We have left chaos behind for a few days of research in Milan where we may link up with one or two bakeries...


Our bakery and deli is coming - 18 week count down!

The count-down has started and we are so excited we can barely contain ourselves.

As of today, we are 18 weeks away from opening the doors to our long-awaited bakery/deli/coffee shop and cookery school at Homerton business centre. We will be posting regular updates and images of our progress. Moving our award winning kitchen - lock stock and barrel - will be an interesting excersise.

We can reveal that we will be one of the first kitchens in the country to be fully kitted out with the new generation of Neff appliances - with controls that swipe like an iPad! Also new Blanco sinks and taps. And of course, new ranges from our beloved partner iittala via the cult emporium of Scandi cool design - Skandium. But first thing first - the construction of our new kitchen by our heroes Cambridge Kitchens and Bathrooms!