Playing Chef in the Kitchen – Bouillabaisse with Kitchen Aid:
Like most people I am a real fan of Kitchen Aid small kitchen appliances – mixers, blenders and multicookers. What I didn’t realise, until I was invited along to the Kitchen Aid store on Wigmore Street was that they also make large kitchen appliances (hobs, ovens, fridges, dishwashers and more) and that they also have a rather stunning range of utensils.
I don’t need a new kitchen…so I guess I am quite safe to go along for a cookery class surrounded by such temptation. And, I’m very pleased I accepted the invitation to attend the new Kitchen Aid cookery school. My class, led by Emma and part of an introductory series, was a lesson in how to make a simple Mediterranean style Bouillabaise. While I’ve seen recipes which are more complicated, the Bouillabaisse we learnt to cook took less than an hour from start to finish and, in addition to having enough to eat a substantial lunch, I had three more portions to take home.
I suspect part of the reason the recipe worked so well was that instead of adding in all the fish together, it was layered on top of the sauce, so that nothing was overcooked.
And, instead of breaking up, each morsel of fish and shellfish was just steamed to perfection
I also liked the use of fennel, which added a lovely anise note to the dish.
The success of the event was perhaps partly down to a very small class size – just six of us – and partly down to having some fabulous kitchen equipment to play with. I’ve checked and Kitchen Aid is offering a new range of courses for 2017 which look to be slightly longer but are still limited to classes of 6 maximum and held in the Kitchen Aid London Experience Store.
Definitely worth visiting if you want to improve your cookery skills. Take care though, if you are in the market for a new kitchen you might just find it hard to resist!
KitchenAid London Experience Store
98 Wigmore Street, London
Phone Number 020 7935 2575