Thai Cookery Course
I don’t know whether Tim is trying to tell me something by booking me onto a cookery course for my Christmas present but nevertheless I absolutely loved it. I am the first to admit that I’m not the best of cooks having managed to burn a ready meal! At first I was worried that my culinary inadequacies would be exposed but thankfully that wasn’t the case.
We dropped Freya and Rory off at my mum and dad’s and headed into Manchester to Chaopraya which is just near The Royal Exchange Theatre. The last time I’d been there was seven years ago for Tim’s birthday and Freya was only a few months old. We loved the fact that we could still enjoy a meal with Freya peacefully sleeping in the pram but oh how those days have changed..
We were greeted by a lovely waitress wearing the traditional thai dress and given our list of ingredients, an apron, a chef’s hat and a fruit cocktail. There were about 8 other people booked onto the course and when everyone had arrived we headed upstairs for the culinary experience.
There were little stoves set up at the corner of the restaurant and we were introduced to the three chefs for the day. Tim and I were lucky enough to have one of the chefs to ourselves which was great and she showed us how to make delicious spring rolls using pork mince, rice noodles, carrots and ginger – I’m sure there were probably more ingredients but we were both really surprised at how easy it was!
The next dish was my favourite as I love coconut milk and thankfully this is one of Penang Curry’s main ingredients. Again once we’d been shown how to chop the veg and the little tricks of the trade we were away. We got to try the other groups food and they’d put a lot more chilli in theirs which set me off on a coughing fit!
Third on the menu was a beef stir fry which again was scrumptious and hopefully one that I’ll be able to do again.
At the end of the class we were able to eat the food and were given a bag of goodies including 2 bottles of Chang beer, a key ring and our spring rolls!
It really was a fun experience and has definitely given me the appetite to try more cookery courses and who knows one day I may be able to cook!