A Chocolate Course at Juniper and Rose – Giveaway #38
|Photo courtesy of Juniper and Rose|
Things aren’t what they used to be and when it comes to food, I reckon this is a good thing. Some of us are old enough to remember the dire state of British cuisine in the 1970s. During my childhood “real” chocolate wasn’t something that ever crossed my radar. Luckily Chantal Coady came to our rescue; she is the doyenne of chocolate in the UK, educating us all into the delights of the real deal. Us Brits now know there is more to chocolate than a slab of Dairy Milk, oh yes indeed. Her book, Real Chocolate, first published ten years ago in 2003, not only includes a host of mouth watering recipes, but gives the history of chocolate and promotes its many health benefits to boot. Chantal founded the Campaign for Real Chocolate, The Academy of Chocolate and co-founded The Chocolate Society and owns one of the best chocolatieries in London, Rococo – I think she could be described as a chocolate fan.
Astonishingly, I have never visited the shop, although I have tasted some of the chocolate. I thought I was highly adventurous when I first tried her rose chocolate many years ago and it remans one of my favourite chocolate bars – not that I get to eat it very often. Well, it seems I am fated to miss chocolate courses with Chantal. A couple of years ago I was booked on one of Chantal’s chocolate courses in Bath and I was really looking forward to it. Sadly it was cancelled and I never did get to attend. Last year, the ever enterprising Vanessa Kimbell invited a group of bloggers to visit the Rococo chocolate factory in South London, but I was unable to make it and was thwarted once again. I heard what a wonderful time everyone had; much chocolate was sampled and I tried very hard not to be envious.
Now, the very same Vanessa Kimbell has started her own cookery school at her home in Northamptonshire, Juniper and Rose. Do take a look at the website, you will be inspired. If I lived closer and had the money, I’d be tempted to attend all of Vanessa’s courses, they all sound so very interesting. From food photography, to sourdough to cheese making to how to set up your own home bakery, all class sizes are small to ensure participants get individual attention. Much of the food used is grown in Vanessa’s own organic garden, so this gets an extra thumbs up from me. To make a real occasion of it, you can stay overnight in Vanessa’s B&B.
On Friday 29th November, Chantal Coady is running a truffle workshop at Juniper and Rose – sounds brilliant. Attendees get to do some chocolate tasting, learn how to temper chocolate (my nemesis) and then make some fabulous sounding truffles to take home, including salted dark chocolate truffles, which immediately appealed to me. As if that wasn’t enough, a chocolate themed lunch is provided along with a glass of pink champagne. Things don’t get much better than this.