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Macarons

My attempt at Macarons!

If you like me LOVED the Great British Bake off or find yourself a little bit addicted to the cooking programmes on tv perhaps it is time your tried your hand at cooking something more adventurous?

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My tasty but not perfect Macarons!

One day I decided that I really wanted to perfect making macarons. They are not the hardest thing you’ll ever make but it seemed to be getting the stars to aline regarding the oven time, temperature and height in the oven plus what I actually put them on. I think a lesson might have helped!

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Eating yummy Laudree Macarons

I am still to get them to look like those at Laudree but they were still delicious!

I’m always looking to develop new skills and try new things. For Christmas I was given an ice-cream maker and I’ve been making some delicious Italian Gelatos and Sorbettos (they disappear so fast there is no time for pictures!). Following on from my self improvement blog post on makeup classes, I decided to take a look and see what courses there are in London to help us become great cooks or bakers.

If you are looking to learn some new cooking skills then take a look at Atelier des Chefs – they offer a wide range of length lessons in a wide range such as French to Thai or desserts to burgers.

You could even book a corporate event there or perhaps a work do that could be a great team building exercise. Conveniently located at St Pauls and Oxford Circus.

Another place to take a look at that does a full range of classes is Cookery School at Little Portland Street. Their courses cover a full range of topics and you can do a single class to a series of classes. A single class could be a great taster or brilliant if you are so busy with work and home life that you cannot commit to a series of classes.

Perhaps you want to focus on baking. Bake With Maria is a baking school that aims to teach you how to create amazing baked goods that you can replicate at home – so, no fancy equipment you might not already own. They’re located in St Johns Wood. You can have a private party and/or do a class in bread, cake or pastries!

If you fancy learning how to decorate cakes then Cookie Girl based in North West London is available to teach you just that. Perhaps you want to make some amazing cupcakes for your little girls birthday with very personalised decoration – this could be just the class for you. They do classes, hen parties and team building so take your pick!

Fancy trying out making some delicious Sour Dough or other lovely Artisan Bread you’ve been trying at the bakers? Try out CoCoa and Heart’s introduction to Artisan Bread Making. Located in South East London/Kent borders you’ll be taught by a home baker (with over 16 years experience) – so no scary chef! You could learn a range of bread making techniques, make some chocolates or cakes.

If you want to take this to a whole new level then why not book a holiday where you will learn to make something new. Why not make sorbetto or gelato in Italy? Go to Sorrento for  five days and learn a new skill. At Go Learn To  they have many other holidays with different learning experiences.

All this food talk is making me hungry!

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