Tuesday 21 September 2010

The Milestone Cookery Class

So on Saturday, I attended a "Fabulous Fast Food" cookery class at a local gastro pub,

The Milestone. The Milestone chefs incidentally are featured on the new series of Gordon Ramsey's Best British Restaurant. The restaurant is situated in the old industrial area of Sheffield, near Kelham Island and is an old "works" pub.

This is what the area used to look like - these days its trendy apartments and bars.

I love places like this that use local butchers, and local produce. Apparently they get a lot of their vegetables from 5 retired blokes that still work allotments in the city, but cannot possibly use everything they produce.

The style of the place is very pared back and simple. Its always very busy (this was taken very early as I was the first one there).

The classes are limited to 8 participants. They don't have brilliant facilities for the cookery school at the moment, but they are in the process of kitting out a new place out that will be open in the new year. Throughout the day, we made:

Lamb Koftas with Fruity couscous

Homemade Zingy Burgers

Chickpea and Spinach Curry with Sea Bass (which we ate for lunch)

Moules Mariniere

Salmon with Bean Ragu

Chicken, Goats cheese and Courgette Tagliatelle

Mohita Cheesecake

All of which we prepared on a 1 ring cooker, and took between 10-15 minutes to prepare and cook (ideal for camping!!!!) and all utterly delicious! We got to bring everything home much to hubby's delight.

It was great for inspiration - and a fun day out too. I'm going to take a look at what else they do when they open up the new place.


Jen Walshaw said...

Wow that wounds fantastic, please can I come camping with you

Gilly said...

What a fantastic idea! And that menu sounded scrumptious - though I would leave the moules mariniere well alone!

And I do love the idea of using very local produce from the old gents' allotments!

menopausalmusing said...

My word, but that's a wonderful list of food that you cooked! Yum....

harmony and rosie said...

What a huge amount of food you created in one day, I'm impressed and not at all surprised they were delighted back home. Looks good stuff too!
K x

...Nina Nixon... said...

Yummy - all that food is making me feel hungry.

Nina xxx

periwinkle said...

ooh my mouth is watering

Christy said...

Oh, what fun! Your dishes sound simply yummy!! What a wonderful opportunity... Thanks for sharing your experience with us. :)

Unknown said...

What a great day. I love cooking, but somedays feel like I can't be bothered with spending ages in the kitchen. It's amazing what brilliant dishes you can knock up in 15-20 minutes isn't it?

I love the fact that they're sourcing their produce from local allotments - what a fantastic idea.

Jill x

Rebecca said...

what a delicious menu, will you make these dishes again at home?

Young at Heart said...

how brilliant.....chickpea one sounds excellent and pulses are a must for menopausal women.......as I'm sure is cheescake!!

Rosie said...

Looks like a super place! What an excellent idea to use surplus veg from local allotments. Like Gilly I'd avoid the Moules Mariniere but would certainly give the sea bass and cheesecake a try:)

John Going Gently said...

I am so glad you posted this....I aim to get up to sheffied before christmas and this that this willbe the ideal place to try!!!

The Girl said...

Oh my goodness that sounds so amazing!! I'm very jealous, was that a birthday present?!

Lisa said...

Gourmet camping with the family Heartshaped from now on then!
What a lovely way to spend your weekend. Looks like a very relaxing and welcoming place to eat.
Lisa x

driftwood said...

wow that sounds a great day and utterly delicious x

Northern Snippet said...

That looks like just my kind of place hopefully I might try it one day.(my son has just started uni in Sheffield)