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Temptingly Thai - One Day Course

Discover the delicate and aromatic flavours of Thailand. balancing the four elements: Salty, Hot, Sour and Sweet which forms such a large part of Thai cuisine.

Always colouful and fragrant with Chillies, Lemongrass, Ginger, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Coconut Milk and Cream. Stir fries, salads, soup, curries, rice and noodles the combinations are endless. 


 

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My father and I attended the Temptingly Thai cookery course and were blown away by the day. Penny was fantastic throughout the day, we were told the schedule for the day, the dishes we would be cooking (13 in total) and what the aims of the course were. Having developed a taste for Thai food I was looking forward to the course and my fiancée was looking forward to my new cooking skills.

The course far exceeded my expectations and the dishes we cooked were amazing, the thai flavours danced on our tongues as the fine balance between sweet, spicy, salty and sour were struck perfectly. We did a range of ‘finger food’ as well as selection of main courses which included the best Pad Thai I have ever had, as well as what has become my family’s favourite desert, a ‘East meets West’ Mango Coconut Meringue pie which is heavenly.

On the day I attended the course there were 5 students in total (all male) and Penny ensured that each and every one of us was taken care of, shown what was needed to do for our dishes and when required all shown as a group. The fact that all the dishes came out perfectly, and I can testify to that as we got to eat them all, is a reflection of the excellent guidance and instruction given by Penny.

At the end of the day/course, Penny provided us with our own recipe books and a small selection of ingredients so we could cook for our friends and family. Since attending the course, I have entertained my family and every dish was a success, in fact I think they enjoyed the food so much they are considering sending me on another course!

I am unable to do justice to Penny and the Culinary Cottage, I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone wanting to do a cookery course, whatever their level. Penny’s passion for cooking and for sharing the skills and knowledge to cook ensures that the day is fun from start to finish and your appetite is more than satisfied!

Geraint Rhys Jones
 

Geraint Rhys Jones - 26 September 12

I have known Penny Lewis for over 10 years. During this time Penny has cooked for parties of corporate guests here at Catton many times, and my family have attended her cookery courses at the Culinary Cottage.

Penny is a top-class chef in her own right. She has creative ideas and produces delicious and attractively presented dishes. Our discerning clients and guests never fail to remark on the delicious taste of Penny’s food. Penny is also efficient, well-organised and incredibly hard-working, always with that delightful smile!

Everybody enjoys and appreciates the courses at the Culinary Cottage. There is an interesting variety of choice and the welcome is always warm.    Penny is a highly practical person and, having gauged the standard of her students, teaches at an appropriate level so that everybody leaves with newly acquired knowledge and confidence. She is so organised that even the most nervous student finds themselves in a conducive environment for learning the joys of creative cookery.

The Culinary Cottage will continue to thrive under Penny’s guardianship. She never fails to look forward, and to be inventive and intuitive about her range of courses and dishes.

Katie Neilson

Katie Neilson - 15 August 12

I first was introduced to Penny's school through a Christmas present voucher from my husband ( I am still not sure if he was sufficiently sensitive to understand that cooking has always been my unrequited passion or if it was a commentary on my efforts to date ...). I so enjoyed this day that I subsequently returned 10 times, and have introduced many of my friends to this wonderful experience.

Penny does not merely teach us cooking skills, she empowers us to be able to tackle what we previously would have thought to be beyond our capabilities and ensures that we enjoy ourselves along the way.  Her cooking days are very busy, informal and relaxed, and we all end up eating way too many calories! Penny's recipes are simply the best, offering new twists on traditional classics, which are fun, easy to make (when you know how!) and most importantly absolutely delicious - try her chilli jam. I cannot recommend this cookery school highly enough.


Gwyneth Steddy

Gwyneth Steddy - 15 January 14

Having come from a non-cooking orientated family, we took the unusual step of opening a restaurant. After working with some chefs, I realised that I needed to learn how to cook. After speaking to family and friends in the trade, I knew there was only one place to go, "The Culinary Cottage" in Pandy.

So I spoke to a lovely lady Penny on the phone and booked a 3 day course and a 5 day course to learn different things. What I learnt was amazing, I went from someone who couldn't really boil an egg confidently to a master cook. I was able to cook with confidence, and should the volatile chefs decide to "walk out", I could quite confidently take charge and knew exactly what I was doing. The course came complete with the recipes we had cooked so I could make these in the restaurant, one of the particular favourites is the Cheese Sauce, also the Almond Tart goes down a treat with our restaurant guests (when there is any left, I do have to force myself to stop eating and lock it away from staff).

I cannot thank and recommend the Culinary Cottage enough, we cooked, tasted, cooked, tasted and so on! It is a must for anyone who is a beginner and I would even recommend it to a master chef. Thanks Penny!!!

Regards

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith - 03 February 14

Penny Lewis of The Culinary Cottage cookery school is a wonderful inspiration to her students.  She uses only the best local ingredients, seasonal whenever possible.  I found that her sense of humour and calm manner enabled me to relax as I learnt how to tackle recipes that I would have considered too complex. 

Penny soon had us skinning & boning fish (my friend had a phobia about touching fish, Penny produced latex gloves, showing us that there is usually a way of coping with a problem.  She is able to think on her feet - a fellow student mentioned a garlic intolerance, Penny suggested alternative herbs & spices as a substitute.  I was so inspired by her knowledge, skills & enthusiasm that I now provide more complex & adventurous meals for family and friends.  Food has now become one of life's pleasures, thanks to time spent working with Penny.  She really is an inspirational teacher.

Jennifer Dennis

Jennifer Dennis - 11 December 13
Up and Coming Course Dates
29 April 2017
23 July 2017
The Culinary Cottage
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