I’ve been having a wonderful time trying to decide what dishes would make the perfect introduction to the Greek food Hermes enjoys in my books. I’ve been thinking and planning and consulting and experimenting, and I think now I’m pretty close to pinning down the menu for the inaugural Cooking the Books class, to be held in beautiful Bakewell on 23rd October.
The menu’s still not cast in stone – it’s not likely to be until much closer to the date, because what we’ll be cooking will depend on top-quality fresh ingredients being available on the day, so there’ll have to be an element of flexibility. But there’s likely to be a seafood dish, and there’ll be a slow-cooked classic for the main course – I’m thinking a beef stifado, but you won’t have to worry about peeling dozens of baby onions, I have volunteers standing by to peel them for you ahead of time. And you will definitely be trying your hand at baking cinnamon-sweet bougatsa.
Of course you’re invited for lunch: olives, feta and good bread, and there’ll be a few savoury delights, maybe a traditional soup, maybe a slice or two of syrupy semolina cake. Plus there’ll be a small gift from me to take home with what you’ve cooked.
If you don’t know Bakewell, you’ll find it full of Dickensian charm, with little alleyways to explore for souvenirs and tea-shops where you can try a slice of the famous Bakewell pudding or tart. You’ll be within minutes of Chatsworth’s grandeur and the wild landscapes of the Peak District National Park, so whilst there’s no guarantee of Greek-style sunshine, you will discover some of the most beautiful scenery in England.
Places are very limited, so please get your booking in early. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Author of the Mysteries of the Greek Detective, books with a touch of mythology set in almost-contemporary Greece, and featuring lots of fabulous Greek food.