As well as the start of summer and the four-day Jubilee weekend, June brings some exciting events with some of our fantastic friends!
Boutique baker and cupcake artiste Peggy Porschen will be running a baking masterclass at Lydia Booth’s cookery school in Blackrock, Dublin. If you’re an aspiring Irish baker, there’s no one better to learn from than Peggy. She’ll be showing how to make your own treats that are as pretty as they are delicious on Wednesday the 6th June from 18:45-21:00
Visitors to the BBC Good Food Show will be in for a treat as Reza Mahammad, the King of Spice will be there signing copies of his new book Reza’s Indian Spice and hopefully sharing the spicy secrets that have made the Star of India an award-winning restaurant for over 50 years. The show runs from the 13th to the 17th of June at Birmingham’s NEC, and Reza’s signing takes place at 13:45 on Saturday the 16th.
If just getting your book signed isn’t enough, you can head to Books for Cooks in Notting Hill, where Reza will be running a workshop on rice dishes. To see this expert in action and enjoy tasting his creations, be sure to book your spot. Reza’s workshop will be on Thursday the 28th of June at 11:00
Michelin-starred seafood chef Nathan Outlaw will be at Waterstone’s in Truro at a signing of his new book Nathan Outlaw’s British Seafood. This collection of recipes is full of tantalising photos shot on location in Cornwall, so this event should not be missed by any South-West seafood lovers! The event is at 12:00 on Saturday the 16th June.
Two Quadrille favourites will be bringing their magic to this year’s Taste London Festival: Atul Kochhar and Jason Atherton. Atul will be showcasing the skills that made him the first ever Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star in the AEG Taste Theatre on Saturday 23rd June between 13:30-14:00. Gordon Ramsay protégé and author of Gourmet Food for a Fiver will also be demonstrating at the festival, date and time TBA.
Boutique Baking by Peggy Porschen
Peggy Porschen is one of the most prominent and pioneering names in contemporary cake design. Renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship combined with a love of baking, her passion is for creating delectable works of art that taste as good as they look. This new book captures the essence of Peggy’s technical skill and inspired use of colour while also ensuring that each cake is both achievable and delicious to eat.
Boutique Baking has an unrivalled range of recipes that combines traditional baking with chic, simple finishing touches. The first chapter, Sweet Treats, features all-time favourites such as Meringue kisses and Macaroons as well as Peggy’s take on Cake pops. In Beautiful Biscuits there are recipes inspired by her German origins including Gingerbread Men and Mulled Wine Stars. The third chapter focuses on the most desirable cake phenomenon of the decade – the cup cake, and Peggy gives away the secret of her incredibly scrumptious repertoire of gourmet cup cakes.
For a sneak preview of the book (not out until late May 2012), please click on the cover below:
Crochet Workshop by Erika Knight
Crochet Workshop is the perfect book for the beginner. Under Erika Knight’s guidance even those who have never picked up a crochet hook before will soon be making gorgeous projects and all the while learning new techniques and adding to their skills. Each of the 20 projects in the book will teach you a new stitch, technique or trick, and will build on and consolidate crochet techniques already learnt in the preceding projects, until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and completed an enviable collection of gorgeous crocheted items.
With Erika’s stunning designs, crochet is no longer the kitsch retro craft that saw the endless crocheted bikinis and shawls of the seventies. Crochet Workshop showcases the incredible variety of finishes that different crochet techniques can produce.
Again, for a sneak preview of some sample pages, please click on the cover:
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