18 December 2010

Festive cheers

There's only a week to go until Christmas, so we'd like to wish all our Cracking Cooks readers and everyone who has taken part in a Cracking Good Food event this year...

Happy Holidays!

And if you're behind on the Christmas shopping, don't panic - you can still buy our vouchers! Available in various values and redeemable against any of the fab classes we have lined up for 2011, Cracking Good Food vouchers make Cracking great gifts for your foody friends and family! Don't forget that in the New Year, we'll be putting on loads of new and old sessions, including revisiting Mexican tapas, baking bread for beginners and advanced, trying out tofu, and kneading (and needing!) our own pizza dough, so there's something for everyone.

To order a Cracking Good Food voucher, just email Fiona via fiona@crackinggoodfood.org or call Adele on 0845 652 2572.

16 December 2010

New year, new classes

Here at Cracking Good Food HQ, we're really excited to be able to announce the next round of Cracking Good classes, running in the New Year.

All classes are three hours long, giving you ample time to prep, cook, chat, pick the brains of your cooking leader and sit down together to enjoy the feast you've made. Taking place in the well-equipped food science rooms at Chorlton High School, you just need to bring yourself - we supply all the ingredients, and everything is bought locally using seasonal, ethically sourced, organic and fairtrade where possible. The Saturday classes take place in the daytime between 11am and 2pm, and the Tuesday evening sessions start at 6pm and finish at 9pm; all classes cost just £20 (£15 concessions - unemployed, students or over 65s).

Saturday 15 January
Breadmaking for Beginners is back due to demand. You’ll never buy a loaf again thanks to Rob.

Saturday 22 January
Breadmaking Advanced has been introduced after many requests. Rob will be showing you how to make sourdough among other things.

Tuesday 25 January
Breadmaking for Beginners – if you missed the earlier class.

Saturday 29 January
Spicy vegetarian – green Thai curry and spicy burgers with a Catalan romesco sauce are on the menu again. Re-run with Kate.

Tuesday 1 February
Breadmaking Advanced – if you missed the earlier class.

Saturday 5 February
Curry Up – a new class with the queen of curries, Kath. We'll be making vegetable and fish versions of this ever-popular dish.

Tuesday 8 February
Marvellous Meat – another new class, legendary Beth of Guestrant Wild Food fame will be showing you how to make good use of more unusual, less expensive cuts of meat.

Saturday 12 February
Mexican tapas – this is one of Cracking Good Food's most popular classes, with Fernanda giving an authentic insight into Mexican vegetarian cooking.

Tuesday 15 February
Risottos Demystified – Kim will be showing you how to rustle up some tasty veggie risottos, often thought to be a complicated dish. This is another new class for the new year.

Book soon to avoid disappointment! And with such variation, why not treat your family or friends to vouchers to put towards their choice of sessions? Just email fiona@crackinggoodfood.org or call 0845 652 2572 for bookings and to buy vouchers.

15 December 2010

Soup kitchen

On Thursday 9 December, the second Christmas Farmers' Market was held on Chorlton Green, outside the Horse & Jockey. Cracking Good Food was there to warm up the chilly shoppers with a smashing seasonal soup. We dished up an unusual but ultra-tasty apple and parsnip broth, which went down a treat on the dark, damp evening.

This video clip sees Cracking Good Food's Kath and Adele interviewed by local resident Bernard Leach at the Christmas Farmers' Market about the seasonal soup and the next round of Cracking Good classes, running in the New Year. There's plenty to choose from, so why not get yourself, your friends or your family vouchers to put towards one of the three-hour sessions? Just email fiona@crackinggoodfood.org or call 0845 652 2572.

video

We also have photos from the Christmas Market on our Facebook page. All you need to do is click here to go straight to the relevant album. Remember to tag yourself if you're in any of the pictures and click "like" if you saw us manning our stall!

9 December 2010

Cracking Christmas

Make sure your friends and family have a Cracking Christmas - get them a voucher for one of our fab Cracking Good Food classes we have lined up for 2011!

Cracking Good Food vouchers are the perfect Christmas gift for the food lover in your life. Our vouchers are available in various values, are valid for one year from date of purchase and are redeemable as full or part payment against any of the Cracking Good Food cooking sessions. To get your mitts on a Cracking Good Food voucher, just email Fiona via fiona@crackinggoodfood.org or call Adele on 0845 652 2572.


Once the festivities are over, we'll be re-running some of our most popular classes, so if you missed out before, here's your chance!

Fernanda will be showing how to make a feast of Mexican tapas and Rob will teach you how to bake your own bread (beginners) and perfect your loaf-making skills (advanced). We'll be preparing and cooking sustainably sourced fish and ethically sourced meat again, taking another trip into the wonderful world of tofu and tempeh, and revisiting gluten-free baking and Cracking cakes.

We'll also have some new themes, including homemade pizzas and calzones, Thai and Indian curries, baking pies and tarts, soups, pasta, Chinese dishes and much, much, more...

All our classes will be in the brilliant Chorlton High School Domestic Science rooms, using locally sourced organic and free range produce and costing only £15 (or £10 concessions) for three hours preparation and cooking and a sit-down meal. Cracking good food isn’t expensive, as we prove!

To book classes and get more info...

* email Fiona via fiona@crackinggoodfood.org
* call Adele on 0845 652 2572
* visit our website www.crackinggoodfood.org (please bear with us while we give it a makeover for the New Year!)
* pop into the Hickson & Black’s deli on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton

7 December 2010

Soup kitchen special

This Thursday sees the second Christmas Market on Chorlton Green, organised by the folk at the Horse & Jockey and featuring local farmers and independent producers (more details here).


Cracking Good Food's Adele and Kath will be braving the cold snap at the Farmers Market from 4pm until 9pm to set up a special Cooks On The Hop soup kitchen, dishing up piping hot broth to warm the cockles. This week, they're offering seasonal parsnip and apple soup, and as well as being able to give this unusual but delicious flavour a try, you'll be able to pick up a recipe sheet to recreate it at home.

Also available on the stall will be Cracking Good Food vouchers - the perfect Christmas gift for the food lover in your life! Our vouchers are available at various values and are redeemable as full or part payment against any of the cooking sessions in 2011 (vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase).

If you can't make it down on Thursday, you can still buy vouchers by...

* emailing fiona@crackinggoodfood.org
* calling 0845 652 2572
* logging onto www.crackinggoodfood.org
* popping into Hickson & Black’s on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton