Earlier this week I was invited to enjoy a bloggers event at The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth, South London. It was an enjoyable evening spent with a few of my favourite foodie loving bloggers and it gave us a great chance to sample what The Avenue Cookery School has to offer.
Who Are The Avenue Cookery School?
The Avenue Cookery School is a family run cookery school in London that incorporates love and enthusiasm into carefully constructed courses. They have a passion for food and teaching that they want to share. The school offers anything from 3 hour evening classes to 2 week courses.
What I enjoyed about them was how they made little family jokes about each other throughout the evening. You could tell they were a family that had fun working together.
The Vegan Sushi Making and Cocktail Shaking Class
I’ve had a secret desire to learn to make sushi for a few years. I love the idea of being able to tell people that I can make sushi. It just seems sophisticated to me to invite people over for some homemade sushi. So with that in mind, I really couldn’t turn down the chance to attend this sushi making class.
But wait, sushi is fish! How you can you make vegan sushi? Actually, not all sushi is fish. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for sushi. Just substitute fish for vegetables and you’re done.
We started off the class with an introduction from Diana who has such a bubbly and welcoming personality I instantly fell in love with her. She was great at getting us all excited for the class. Once we were ready to begin it was time to be introduced to Diana’s son, Rich, the sushi master of The Avenue.
Rich gave us a quick demonstration on how to cook the rice and chop the vegetables the correct way for sushi. What’s great about the set up at The Avenue is they have a giant mirror above the demonstration area so you can clearly see what is happening
Once we had been shown how to correctly chop up the vegetables, it was time for the tricky part. It was time to learn how to roll the maki rolls and the California rolls. Now, this may have looked really simple when Rich was doing it, but I had a feeling it would not be as easy for me!
My Attempt At Making Sushi
Once the demonstration was over, it was our turn to make sushi. While I had fantasies of being able to tell people I could make sushi as it seems a really grown up thing to do, I had no delusions that it would be a simple skill to learn. Ok, for some it seems to be. There were beautiful plates of sushi being created all around me. I, on the other hand, spent the whole time trying to master just one of the sushi rolls, the maki roll.
While mine didn’t look the prettiest, they did taste amazing, if I do say so myself!
As this was a sushi and cocktail making class we also made some cocktails throughout the evening. I’d never have thought about adding sake or yuzu to a cocktail before but it was really tasty!
Vegan Cooking Classes Available
If you’re new to veganism and unsure what dishes to create, or even if you are a longtime vegan looking to expand your repertoire of vegan dishes, The Avenue Cookery School has many vegan cooking classes for you to choose from.
As well as the sushi and cocktail making class, they offer a vegan class for pasta making, Mexican street food, Thai food and even a vegan baking class.
Non Vegan Classes Available
Not a vegan? No problem! The Avenue Cookery School isn’t a vegan company so they have plenty of non vegan classes for the meat eaters and vegetarians. They offer a wide selection of cooking classes from traditional British cuisine to flavourful Indian classes.
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Please note that while I was working with The Avenue Cookery School, the reviews and experiences written about in this post are 100% genuine. I value you guys too much to lie to you. This blog would be nothing without you and your continued support!
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