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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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The Culinary Cottage is a wonderful cookery school, located at the foot of the picturesque Sugar Loaf mountain in Wales.  Set up and run single handily by the very enthusiastic Penny Lewis.

I have been on three courses so far and always come away inspired and looking forward to the next.
Penny has built up the reputation of her school by regularly giving demonstrations at local food festivals.  Forging links with suppliers and manufacturers such as Waitrose and Aga ensuring that she is linked with companies that share her vision for excellence.  She has also had articles in publications.

Her organisational skills are as impressive as her cookery skills.  The administration of this small and intimate cookery school is impressive and effective,  it could be used by much larger concern.  She has developed a very professional website and produces personalised cloth bags (used for students to take samples home) and recipe binders full of the wonderful recipes followed on the course.  Her advertising flyers are also of a superb quality.  She maintains her very high standards throughout all aspects of the cookery school.

A testament to Penny's wonderful cookery school is that I am always excited when booking a course.  It feels like such a treat/indulgence.  I count down the days as if going on a holiday.  I have enjoyed the courses so much that I have booked them for friends as a present.
The day is packed full of cooking ideas and tips, Penny's wealth of experience in catering for some very important clients and functions are reflected in the dishes.  Your day starts with a binder so full of recipes that you hardly believe all can be achieved on one day, but indeed we do. Penny has the talent of making the most difficult recipe simple.  She always provides such superb clear and relaxed encouraging guidance that the cooking is completed seemingly effortlessly.

You leave with a binder full of recipes (many of which have become firm favourites, used over and over) and a goody bag bulging with tasters of the food prepared on the day.  Your day can then be shared with partners/loved ones who are always delighted to see one of Penny's cloth bags full of treats.

Lisa Dutton
 

Lisa Dutton - 10 September 12

I would like to nominate Penny Lewis of the Culinary Cottage in Abergavenny South Wales for the best cookery school award. I have attended several courses with her in her delightful school and have been encouraged by Penny to try skills which I thought way beyond my capability.

Her teaching and guidance is excellent in that she is friendly but very constructive and encouraging! Penny has not only succeeded in making me a better and more enthusiastic cook but she has changed the way I feel about feeding my family and my approach to food.
I was a somewhat timid cook and now can look at a few lack lustre ingredients in my fridge and concoct a meal! Goodbye ready meals! I have Penny to thank for this,her Cookery School is simply the best!

Kind Regards

Cheryl Davies

Cheryl Davies - 07 February 14

I did the Dinner Parties made Stressless course at the Culinary Cottage in September 2011.  The course contained lots of hands on cooking and was both fun and informative.  Penny is a great teacher who takes you through all the techniques calmly and clearly and is on hand to put you back on the right path if you do go wrong.  We cooked loads of delicious dishes and I came out with a raft of new recipes which I've been cooking for my appreciative friends and family since I got home.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Penny and the Culinary Cottage.

Tara Stimpson

Tara Stimpson - 09 January 12

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 spent two and a half wonderful days at the Culinary Cottage. Penny welcomes you in to her beautiful home just outside picturesque Abergavenny. From the moment you arrive you feel that nothing is too much trouble and you are treated as a friend rather than a stranger.

The course itself is very hands on and intensive. Every dish is made from scratch and you cook lots of dishes from Penny's vast repertoire. Although intensive you find the time flies by and you learn so much. Everything you prepare is from a recipe sheet and these are in a binder that you take home with you. Penny has infinite patience and has the rare gift of making everyone feel at ease and also an excellent teacher.

If anyone had told me I could bone and stuff a poussin before going to Abergavenny I would have laughed them out of my kitchen! But bone and stuff it I did and even if I say so myself it looked pretty good.

All in all a great experience for anyone with an interest in cooking. There are plenty of other cooking schools out there but very few that offer the personal, caring tuition of Penny Lewis at her lovely cottage.

Gavin Steer, Saundersfoot - Pembrokeshire.

Gavin Steer - 10 January 14
Up and Coming Course Dates
27 January 2018
The Culinary Cottage
Rose Cottage, Pandy
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8DL

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