On Wednesday I was invited to #CurrysInTheKitchen, an evening creating creamy curry, classic cocktails and the perfect pear soufflé. at Central London’s Underground Cookery School, hosted by Currys. Having only being back in the country three days, I couldn’t have thought of a better evening to relax and unwind after work.
I love photos of food. I love taking photos of food. Sometimes my food even starts to go cold, as I try to find the best angle for a snap before catching up with giant size bites. Whoever I’m eating with will either roll their eyes, tut or sigh at my need to visually record what I’m about to polish off. But for once, photographing food with multiple cameras, from multiple angles wasn’t just acceptable, it was the norm. Stick a bunch of food bloggers in a room and photographing your dinner is medal worthy and sacrificing a food’s temperature for the perfect pic is praised.
Greeted with a glass of bubbly (topped up all evening), we had the chance to chat with other food bloggers and feast on some delicious nibbles. Once our aprons were on it was time to learn from the best and create a dinner which would be eaten by all at the end of the session.
Chicken curry was first up which began by cutting the chicken meat from the drumstick and poaching in a coconut and tomato sauce complete with onion and garlic. Once the chicken was fully cooked, our individual dishes were then transferred to a large oven to demolish later. Dessert was the light and airy pear soufflee made by whisking egg whites and sugar in a Kenwood Chef Classic. The dish saw fluffy snow-like peaks transform to a soft dessert once baked.
Whilst the food cooked, it was time for a cocktail masterclass where we learnt how to make (and sampled!) some refreshing Piña Coladas whipped up using a Kenwood Blender. By now the smell of a creamy curry filled the room and tummies began to rumble. It was soon time to take our seats and wait to be served our masterpieces.
Once the food had received its makeover, the photoshoot completed, and the flash photography died down, silence filled the room as the group tucked into their creations. The curry had a slight kick, which was cooled with swigs of white wine, and was served with a mountain of pilau rice. Although pretty full by this point, of course there was room for the pear soufflé. which didn’t disappoint. Having never tried before, I was eager to to dig in, discovering a sweet melt-in-the-mouth meringue. To award bloggers for the best tweets, videos and photos from across the night, a handful of lucky winners were chosen to receive the stunning Kenwood appliances we used throughout the evening. Very lucky indeed!
Thank you to everyone involved at #CurrysInTheKitchen – a fantastic evening enjoyed by all. I hope to recreate the delicious curry over the next few weeks, so watch this space! You can check out Currys’ blog post on the event here. For more photos from the event, search the hashtag #CurrysInTheKitchen on Instagram and Twitter. I’d highly recommend the Underground Cookery School whatever the occasion. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a chef, book a place and improve your skills with a choice of dishes to re-create.