I absolutely love Mexican food, and I make a mean guacamole, but other than the basics I hadn’t really experimented or tried making Mexican food myself. Which is surprising, because it’s definitely up there as one of my favourite cuisines – I tend to crave tacos a lot.
So when I was invited along to the Jamie Oliver Cookery School in Shepherd’s Bush, I knew immediately which class I wanted to get stuck into. Based in the Jamie’s Italian at Westfield’s, the cookery school has a really wide variety of cooking classes, from Japanese to Indian, everything from gyoza to fresh pasta.
The class I was there for was the Mexican Street Food Feast – and it was one of the most enjoyable afternoons I’ve had in a long time!
I’m a firm believer in the fact that nothing bad ever starts with a glass of prosecco handed to you at the door – I feel like that’s a pretty safe bet, right?
Prosecco in hand, we were introduced to Gabby, our lovely instructor for the day, who talked us through the structure of the afternoon.
The thing I love about Jamie’s food is that it it’s delicious, but it’s so simple – fresh flavours that are quick and relatively easy. The afternoon had such a chilled, fun, and relaxing vibe, and even though you’re in a room with a bunch of strangers, it was a lovely setting for a date.
So what did we make? Well… Everything, really. We made three types of salsa – roasted corn, tomato, and guacamole.
We made our own corn tortillas, which I hadn’t done before, but were so simple and delicious to make that I’d definitely be doing again (and buying myself a tortilla press as a housewarming gift!)
We topped our mini corn tortillas with chipotle chicken and a feta and spinach filling, and it was all unbelievably delicious and fresh tasting.
Each class costs around £45 to attend, which I think is great value given the fact that you get a delicious meal out of it, and learn some great skills, too!