News from Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Escaping Festival Madness!

The Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe is almost upon us and the whole city is buzzing in anticipation of another year of the biggest arts festival in the world - plus all the fantastic things to see and do that come with it.   However, as most Edinburgh residents will attest, after a couple of weeks it can get a little tiring navigating the never ending hustle and bustle. 

Teenagers in the kitchen

How many times a day do we find ourselves asking teenagers to stack or empty the dishwasher, to clear up after themselves and to eat healthily?  The teenage years are an essential point of life to instil good habits that will last throughout life.

I am always pleased to see how the teenagers who join our summer one week courses come into the kitchen a bit quiet and reticent, but by the end of the week they are not just talking nineteen to the dozen, but also producing some superb food!  And the enjoyment they get from learning core cookery skills is really rewarding to witness.

Easy Entertaining

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy throwing dinner parties for your friends and family. It’s a great way to spend time together in relaxed surroundings.  However, I’m sure most hosts will agree that with the joy of entertaining comes a certain element of pressure. Of course your loved ones wouldn’t dare criticise or complain, but you always want to make sure everything is just right.

ENTCS aiming for the top of the class!

When opening a cook school in Edinburgh, I always felt that we were combining the best location with the finest teaching, so to see this recognised in the Food and Travel Magazine awards is terrific.  Food and Travel is a lovely glossy magazine that focuses on most people’s two favourite things and is packed with good writing and interesting features as well as the inevitable wonderful photography.

Summer Strawberries

We all think of strawberries and cream at this time of year.  Not only are the strawberries in season, of course, but they are also very much part of Wimbledon fever. This year the strawberries are better than ever. My Grandmother always served strawberries with a twist of black pepper which really brings out their flavour and reminds me of her summer kitchen.  It got me to thinking about adding black pepper to shortbread and pairing with strawberries.