This fast-paced and sassy cookery course teaches you how to make great food in the aptly-named Good Things Café and Cookery School on West Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula.
Don’t let the tranquil setting on the shores of Ireland’s Dunmanus Bay fool you. “This is the culinary equivalent to speed dating”, says Carmel. “My objective is to send you home (or to the bar) at the end of this one-day course with all the skills you need to prepare at least a dozen new dishes.”
“Moreover, so cunning is my choice of recipes that by mixing and matching the dishes I shall be demonstrating you will be able to prepare at least two dozen – even three dozen – completely original meals. What other cookery school in Ireland – in the world, for that matter – offers you so much, so quickly, for so little? Who? Well, apart from them? Exactly.”
“There is no point in pretending, however, that this is one of those relaxing courses where you can spend the whole morning staring out of the window at the sky. To begin with, you need to leave something to do in the afternoon and then there’s the fact that, in order to squeeze so much in, I have to take it at a cracking pace. The compensation is that I shall be feeding you and watering slash wine-ing (not a real word but you know what I mean) you as I do so.”
“In fact, my advice is starve yourself for days and days before you come because there’s gone to be a lot of sampling going on. This has always been one of my most popular courses. As a result this is an especially sociable day even by Good Things’ standards.”
“Incidentally, you don’t have to know how to boil an egg to enjoy this course (although if you don’t know how to boil an egg, see me afterwards).”
Small classes – no more than sixteen people.
Includes morning coffee, lunch with a glass of wine, and afternoon tea.
An afternoon of sampling the rest of the day’s dishes with another glass of wine.