Luxury Foodie Friday – Cooking Together

Our cooking together cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your evening and are ready to recreate the meals at home. The recipes work really well as delicious dinners and make a great combination for dinner party ideas.

South East Asian broth with prawn dumplings

Ingredients: Serves 4

Prawn dumplings

  • 8 uncooked medium king prawns (360g)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

16 wonton wrappers

  • Asian broth with prawn dumplings
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken stock/vegetable stock
  • 1 litre (4 cups) water
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) light soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2-centimetre piece fresh ginger (10g), cut into matchsticks
  • 350 grams of pak choi cut into 5cm lengths
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 fresh long red chilli, sliced thinly


  1. 1. To make prawn dumplings, shell and devein prawns; chop meat finely.
  2. 2. Combine prawns, garlic, sauces and sugar in small bowl. (Jason also suggests filling with vegetables of your choice, Chinese cabbage, herbs, carrots or roast chopped pork or chicken.)
  3. 3. Place one teaspoon of mixture into centre of each wrapper; brush around edges with a little water. Gather corners above filling; twist to enclose filling and form dumplings.
  4. 4. Combine stock, coconut milk, water, soy sauce, sesame oil and ginger in large saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer broth, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add pak choi and half the onion.
  5. 5. Place dumplings into the simmering broth cook for 5 minutes
  6. 6. Divide dumplings among serving bowls; top with hot broth, remaining green onion and chilli.
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Easy vegetable stock 

Ingredients: Makes plenty to use and freeze

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 leek
  • A few bay leaves
  • A generous pinch of black peppercorns
  • A small bunch of fresh parsley


  1. 1. Put the carrots, onions, celery sticks and leek, all roughly chopped, into a large pan with the bay leaves, black peppercorns and fresh parsley.
  2. 2. Fill the pan with water to cover well, then bring to a gentle simmer – the water should barely bubble.
  3. 3. Cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour, removing any scum that forms on the surface, then strain and set aside to cool. Divide among freezer bags, then freeze for up to 6 months.


Add coriander, basil, garlic, and or lemon grass for an Asian twist 

Caramel Lime Chicken, fish, Tofu or Cauliflower – Main

Ingredients – Serves 2

  • 4 chicken thighs or 160g Tofu, 160g of Hake or any white fish/salmon
  • 2 Cauliflower steaks – pre steamed for 6 mins to soften
  • 1 small disk palm sugar or 50g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of Nam Pla fermented fish water (optional) (use Vegan version or oyster sauce for Vegetarian/Vegan)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 200g 1/2 a tin coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • Grated to ginger to taste
  • 1 shallot finely sliced
  • Pinch white pepper (optional)

Garnishes (Optional):

  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 large red chilli, finely sliced
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Lime juice and zest


  1. Place sugar and water in a skillet over medium heat. Stir, then when it bubbles and the sugar is melted (it looks like caramel), add the rest of the ingredients except chicken.
  2. Stir, then put the Chicken/Fish/Tofu/Cauliflower into the pan
  3. Adjust the heat to medium so it is simmering energetically. Not rapidly, not a slow simmer.
  4. Pan frying time for Chicken/Fish 5 mins each side, for Tofu & pre steamed Cauliflower 3-4 mins each side.
  5. Once sauce and Chicken/Fish/Tofu/Cauliflower are brown, remove from heat.  Grate some lime zest into the pan and then roll and squeeze in lime juice.
  6. Place Chicken/Fish/Tofu/Cauliflower on serving plates, spoon over the sauce.
  8. Garnish with spring onion, chilli, coriander and lime juice and zest if using. Can be served with rice or noodle4
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Red Rice or wild riceGao Da San

This rice as a wonderful texture, it’s basically an unpolished rice and as a great fibre content for the diet, it can be eaten hot or cold as a yummy salad side. Serve with fish meat poultry or on its own perfect.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 140 grms Red Rice or wild rice (Rinsed)
  • 250 ml of water
  • 1 tbspTomato puree/katjup manis.


  1. 1. In a small saucepan bring the rice and water to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until the water has been absorbed it’s fine to stir this rice. The rice should be soft yet with a slight chewy texture.


The above can also be Ketchup Red Rice – This is cooked exactly the same way but with the addition of sweet soya sauce or Ketjap Manis

Italian lemon Posset

This is an Italian classic, and is great for a dinner party – as it can be made in the morning.

You could crush up biscuits of your choice and put in the bottom of the glass.  A classic Italian version would be an amaretti and serve a glass of amaretto on the side!

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • ·      300ml of double cream
  • ·      60g caster sugar
  • ·      1 juicy lemon


  1. 1. Squeeze the lemon
  2. 2. Bring the cream and sugar to the boil (careful it should just boil but not boil over). Once you see it boil – stay there and boil for exactly 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice
  4. 4. Strain this into a jug and leave to cool for 20minutes.
  5. 5. If you wish to put a crumbled biscuit in the bottom of the receptacle – this is the time to do it. If not gently pour the cream into the glasses.
  6. 6. Refrigerate for 6 hours minimum.

Serve with passion fruit and tuilles!

Cookery Classes at the Cookery School Manchester

Fun filled, hands on cookery classes, team building, kids cookery, coffee lovers, and foodie events, all led by our expert chefs.

From novice to expert, healthy to gourmet, we’ve got classes to suit all and can adapt to dietary or allergy requirements on request.

Food Sorcery Cookery and Barista School, Didsbury, with views over the river, easy transport links and a Hotel, pool & gym onsite, it’s the perfect place to have fun with food, learn tips and tricks from experts and to gain cooking confidence.

Upcoming Classes  – click here for details

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