Archive for the ‘Courses’ Category

  • Bread making in Ludlow

    Bread making in Ludlow

    Scour the internet and you’ll find all manner of bread making courses across the UK, but you won’t find many that are actually held in a bakery.   The location was just one of the reasons that Peter Cook’s weekend sourdough course in Ludlow was such an exciting prospect to me.  Another was an article I’d read a few months earlier which discussed those foods to make and those to buy.  Sourdough was firmly placed in the latter category due to the unpredictable nature of the sourdough starter. I decided to take the plunge and enrolled both myself and my husband on the course, we’d done a quick bread making session at the Aldeburgh Food Festival last September and the other half had become quite taken with the process.  Held over a Saturday and Sunday a) to allow the bread time to proof and b) to allow participants the time to enjoy this wonderful town, we set off. There were five us on the course, surprisingly no one from Ludlow, two from the Bradford area and three from north shropshire. Over the two days Peter took us through the steps for making each bread and we also got a fascinating insight into the life of a baker.  I’m not sure I could cope with the topsy turvy hours and the heat in the summer! Like I said though one of

  • PopUp Food Photography

    PopUp Food Photography

    I’m really rather pleased with these photographs.  They were taken at Village East in Bermondsey during a ‘pop-up’ photography course with expert food photographer Paul Winch Furness.  No matter what level you are at as a photographer amateur, professional or somewhere in between you can always learn more and I learnt a lot that day. You can check out Paul’s website here.  You won’t be surprised that he’s in high demand for his skills with the camera so he doesn’t have any courses listed at the moment, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the food photography courses section of his site for new dates.  

  • The Foodie Bugle Lectures

    The Foodie Bugle Lectures

    I’m not going to lie, The Foodie Bugle Lectures held in March were basically my idea of heaven, combining glorious food, wonderful surroundings, likeminded people and talks from some of the best food and drink producers in the UK. I really admire people who love what they do, to see their passion and drive totally inspires me … So why has it taken me over two months to write a blog post?  Simple, I didn’t have a blog at the time.  Now having conquered my nemesis, technology and the announcement of a new Foodie Bugle Lecture on Friday June 22nd, its given me the perfect opportunity to tell you about the last one. It will be in two parts … this is the first; maybe it will inspire you to book for the next event. You couldn’t really get a better line up of speakers than those at the Foodie Bugle Lectures on March 23rd 2012.  The wonderful Trevor Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery was first up to talk about the heritage of the family business.  There are just certain people who totally enthrall you with their story and Trevor is one of those people.  The business was started in 1920 and today the five generations been making high quality baked goods, long before we all started to fall back in love with real bread. It’s easy to see why Channel 4 came knocking

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