Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class with Natco Foods

28 Oct

Oh my goodness. I am still smiling; the busy London kitchen got hot and steamy. Puffs of clouds lifted and carries the aroma of spices. Banter and laughter mixed with the sounds of sizzling pakora, bubbling curries and tinkles of pots and pans. 

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking classes

A fabulous bunch of people joined us for a cookery class that fused the world together on one vegetarian plate. Each of the recipes was introduced by a demonstration and people worked together to cook up dishes like kale, red onion and banana pakora. We even made cashew cream in the class to use in a curry.

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class

Some people came in pairs and some came alone. Either way, as the exotic drinks flowed, the group bonded and friendships grew.

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking classes

We ate a lot too. Attendees ate their own cooking, they ate each other’s cooking and of course I had to taste-test too!

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking classes

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class

This class was heaving with spice. We sniffed them, tasted them, broke them and ground them. We talked about the health impacts of each of the spices and I shared some personal experiences such as dill water to increase breast milk supply! On the less shocking side we talked about fennel and it helping to clear the tummy, cloves to soothe toothaches and turmeric to fight a cold. All of the spices were fresh and those who came along were able to take some gram flour or spices away with them thanks to our sponsors, Natco

Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class

My favorite bits of every class? Has to be the pride when attendees cook a dish that works, to their own surprise. I enjoy seeing people overcoming fears, such as frying. I delight in the camaraderie that spreads through the room and especially so when people walk out in groups exchanging contact details. I revel in the comments like, ‘I am definitely going to cook this at home’, ‘I am going to treat my friends to this recipe when I host the next dinner party’ and even, ‘I could use this method with other ingredients that I like’.

If you would like to join us for a, hands on, fun and valuable vegetarian cookery class in London then please look out for the next dates on the site or click here

You will walk away with recipes, containers full of food and some experience that you can use in different ways. I am really looking forward to seeing you at a future class. x

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7 Responses to “Deena Kakaya vegetarian cooking class with Natco Foods”

  1. Shamim October 29, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    Very Nice! I just love teaching cooking classes, too. It’s a feeling like know other. Loved hearing about your class. So fun!

    • Deena Kakaya October 29, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks Shamim, I hope to hear about your classes soon! X

  2. Joanne October 30, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Sounds like you led an AWESOME class! Congrats!!

  3. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry October 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    I love cooking classes and yours sounds so fab.

  4. The Levantess October 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    It sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. Rhonda Sittig November 3, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    This looks like so so much fun!! I’ve always wanted to do a cooking class!

  6. Rajagopal November 6, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    Hi deena , nice to enter your culinary world.. Passing your recipes on to my wife… Reverting… wishes…raj

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