PTI take on Jamie Oliver

Last week, instead of the usual summer party bar night, we at PTI decided to change things up a bit and go for a group cooking lesson at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease.

After a quick drink in the pub to settle any cooking nerves, we headed off to learn how to make Thai Green Chicken Curry. It was set to be a fun and interesting evening, not least because Marie really doesn’t like spicy hot food – would she try the end result? That was the challenge!

For keen cooks and Jamie fans, Recipease in Notting Hill is great! Split across two levels with a kitchen/demonstration area in the centre of both, there’s a shop downstairs full of sauces, spices, pots, pans and gadgets, and a cafe upstairs where you can look out at passers by or watch novice cooks learning anything from Mexican and Vietnamese street food to knife and bread skills. I’ve been wanting to go to a lesson there for ages so I was really excited and going with the team from work made it really fun and definitely added an element of competition between us!

Our teacher was friendly and knowledgeable and didn’t seem to mind when, like I’m sure everyone else does, we asked her whether she’d met Jamie and what he was like! The recipe was simple but the finished curry was probably the best Thai curry I’ve ever eaten. It was so fresh and fragrant and tasted even better for knowing we’d made it from scratch and it hadn’t taken forever. I think sometimes we can be put off cooking by complicated sounding recipes and long lists of ingredients but this recipe was easy to follow and the ingredients are all available from the local supermarket so there’s no excuse really! Alongside the curry we learned to make a little chilli tomato salad that went really well with the dish and the chopped pistachios in it add a really nice crunch!

Cooking in a group was really fun and then sitting down on long benches after to eat our meal together was really nice. It was a great choice of social activity and I know some of us are already looking at booking onto another lesson!

. . . Oh, and Marie did try her curry!