Cooking at Tideswell

I was given some vouchers for Christmas to attend a course at a local cooking school, Tideswell School of Food. I booked myself on a Vietnamese and Thai course which I’ve just completed. It was fun but the first course, Vietnamese, I felt quite out of my depth. Two days later though at the Thai course I felt more comfortable. The odd thing is I spent nine years in Southeast Asia. The food was great but I never attempted to cook myself (so to speak).

East asian food can be quite sweet so I laid off pouring in the sugar and spiced it up with chilli instead. The overall effect was pretty powerful – just how I like it.

The Vietnamese menu was:

  • Prawn and pork toast
  • Spring rolls
  • Peanut sauce
  • Chilli dipping sauce
  • Vietnamese eggplant in claypot (though we used a sauce pan rather than a claypot!)

And the Thai menu was:

  • Thai prawn toast
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Papaya salad
  • Stir fry noodles Thai style

And here are the results …


MAC annual dinner

Just had the Matlock Athletic Club annual dinner and awards at our sponsor’s, Maazi. A curry night. Woo hoooo! Alan Pickering won the club’s top award. He’s only been running 19 months and is something of a superstar. Done nothing but eat today as well. Had a HUGE meal at my mum’s as it’s Mother’s … Read more