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      It is such a grey day and I am feeling a bit under the weather again. I have kind of lost my appetite which is very strange for me it must be serious! While looking through our recipes I found rice pudding and I thought perfect! Nice and hot to warm me up and nice and sweet to cheer me up!

      
      
      

      Ingredients for 6 people

      • Pudding rice: 350g
      • Double cream: 150 cl
      • Vanilla pods: 2
      • Icing sugar: 250g
      • Milk: 150 cl

      Recipe

      Take the vanilla pods and with a small knife cut lengthways in 2, Scrape out the seeds and place into a heavy based pan. Add the milk, Cream, Icing sugar and rice to the pan and place onto a low heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until rice as absorbed the cream and milk. Make sure that you stir the rice frequently.

      The Chef's speciality Try using coconut milk instead of normal milk for a more exotic flavour

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      Due to a high number of requests, this month we will be running a new style of Kids cookery classes in london, in which parents and their children can take part in a cookery class together. We actually also run this class in our French ateliers which work very well.

      This photo was taken during one the Parent & Child classes in France

      I love cooking with my god-daughter she is only 4 but she thinks she is a teenager! We have made classic rice crispy cakes, (she had plenty of fun stirring all that chocolate together and licking the bowl of course), pretty cup cakes that she decorated all by herself and she has also helped me cook breakfast by buttering the toast right to the edges, perfect little chef! The best thing about cooking with her is she loves to tidy up and can you believe this she has even started washing up, we will see how long that lasts.

      If you are interested in this class it will take place on the Saturday 16 May 4pm-5:30pm.

      The menu will be Fresh pasta: Spinach and ricotta cannelloni, Individual meringues with chantilly cream and berry drizzle

      If you have a daugher,son, god-child, grandchild, niece, newphew etc and would like take part in our Parent & Children's cooking class follow this link to go straight to booking or call 0207 499 6580

      http://www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk/Default.aspx?sp=101&cr=1&id=18343

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      For Mother's day I booked my mum and sister into a macaroon classes Friday before last they had a great time with Baldwin. My sister described my mum as acting like a naughty school girl touching things she shouldn't, eating the ingredients and not listening but somehow she still managed to create delicious macaroons or macaroonez as she kept calling them.

      Thanks to Xing who was also in the class I've got some great photos.

      We call these 'Macaroons/macaroonez with character!'

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      This Easter we are proud to present James Campbell who will be running an extra special chocolate masterclass for us here in the London Atelier. James has worked in some of London’s top restaurants and currently, is executive pastry chef for the renowned Admiral Crichton Event company.

      During the four hour class James will show you how to make four mouth-watering recipes

      • Personlised Easter Egg
      • Selection of choclate truffles
      • Chocolate figurine for Eastertime
      • Chocolate and sea salt caramel pave with caramelised banana and a glass of champagne!

      The class will take place this Saturday 4th April 2009 3:00pm-7:00pm £90

      http://www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk/Default.aspx?sp=101&cr=1&id=16741

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      Kids can cook...3 day Easter workshop! 6,7,8 April 2009 10:00am-1:00pm

      If you are at a loose end with the kids at Easter why not bring them along for a cooking class! Great for children aged between- 7-14 who love to cook or would like to learn. During the three hour hands-on workshop children will make a variety of delicious dishes:

      • Sundried tomato and ricotta bread
      • Mixed leaf salad with vinaigrette
      • Meringues with fruit coulis and whipped cream
      • Fresh spinach and ricotta ravioli
      • Fresh salmon and dill ravioli
      • Tomato salad
      • Hot chocolate souffle
      • Breast of chicken stuffed with pancetta, garlic and lemon
      • Oven saute potatoes
      • Green beans
      • Baked rhubard and orange cake

      After the children have finished cooking they can sit back, relax and enjoy eating what they have made with each other! For more information email enquiries@atelierdeschefs.co.uk or call Rebecca on 0207 499 6580

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      Ok so Mother's day is this Sunday! I still need to get my mum some flowers and a card, I have booked her in for a macaroons class today and I am taking her ice-skating on sunday as she requested!

      It can be really difficult to find the perfect present for Mother's day so here are a couple of suggestions from L'atelier des chefs:

      • 2 for 1 offer on our Mothers Day bunch cooking class! Saturday 21st April 9:30am - 11:30am 5 recipes in two hours.
      • Gourmet Gift Voucher
      • Kitchenware and gadgets from our boutique
      • Cook your mum a Special Mothers Day dinner - Her favourite dish! to make her feel really special!

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      This Sunday 1st March is St. David's day the patron saint of Wales.

      Every year parades are held in Wales to commemorate St. David.

      In celebration I have found a lovley recipe for traditional Welsh cakes!

      To cook these you really need the traditional heavy, flat, iron pan (sometimes called a griddle or girdle). However, a good solid heavy frying pan, with a flat base, will do.

      Ingredients

      • 225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved
      • 110g/4oz (preferably Welsh) salted butter
      • 1 egg
      • handful of sultanas
      • milk, if needed
      • 85g/3oz caster sugar
      • extra butter, for greasing

      Method

      1. Rub the fat into the sieved flour to make breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, dried fruit and then the egg. Mix to combine, then form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed.
      2. Roll out the pastry until it is a 5mm/¼in thick and cut into rounds with a 7.5-10cm/3-4in fluted cutter.
      3. You now need a bakestone or a heavy iron griddle. Rub it with butter and wipe the excess away. Put it on to a direct heat and wait until it heats up, place the Welsh cakes on the griddle, turning once. They need about 2-3 minutes each side. Each side needs to be caramel brown before turning although some people I know like them almost burnt.
      4. Remove from the pan and dust with caster sugar while still warm. Some people leave out the dried fruit, and split them when cool and sandwich them together with jam.

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      This Saturday 28th February we are running a Kids can cook...Pizza! For ages 7+

      Children will spend 90minutes in the Kitchen with our lovely Cook Julia and learn to create 3 delicious recipes of:

      • Fresh lemonade
      • Classic Italian pizza
      • Focaccia

      After the class they can relax and eat what they have made exchange cooking tips with eachother, lots of fun and laughter!

      We are running a special promotion for this class, book for 2 or more children and get 10% off!

      Hope to see you soon!

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      Tuesday 24th February L'atelier des Chefs will be holding a special Kids can cook class making yummy pancakes.

      The class will be 90mins long for children aged 7+ and the menu will include pancakes panckes and brussel sprouts only joking only pancakes!

      The class will be on our website from Monday 9th February

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      Well done Albee! Albee took a Macaroon class with us this month and has sent us a photo of the macaroons she made on Saturday, they look really delicious!!!

      If anyone else has photos of the dishes they have made after a class please send them in and I would love to proudly put them on our blog

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