Cook up a storm in Jamie’s kitchen
IT was only a matter of time before I was tasked with taking on a cooking class for this column.
Not one to pass up an opportunity to further my skills in the kitchen, I was keen to join fellow enthusiasts at Jamie’s Ministry of Food at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus.
Yes, we’re talking that Jamie, a certain Mr Oliver who has campaigned against bland school canteen food and is still on a mission to help everyone learn to cook fresh, healthy food.
The Ministry of Food mobile kitchen has been here before, and visited Bunbury and Belmont before returning earlier this year, spreading Oliver’s word and bringing his eponymous courses to the masses.
Designed for those who want to learn to cook nutritious and affordable meals from scratch, while also picking up a few of Oliver’s tips, the seven-week courses are open to anyone aged 12 years and over.
I entered the course on the fourth week, ready to make the program’s “best ever” fruit crumble and pouring custard to go with it.
Over the course of 90 minutes, I stewed pears, rustled up a crumble and whisked up the simple custard, all the while chatting with the other students and their effervescent trainer, Alex Taucher.
These guys were clearly having a ball – and so was I – as wafts of pear, ginger, lime and custard filled the air of the neat little kitchen-on-wheels.
The vibe was reminiscent of Oliver from his Naked Chef days – no-frills, relaxed and delightfully easy to follow.
All we needed was for someone to say “pukka”.
The next course starts on April 19 and registrations are open now.
Sessions cost $140 for the general public, $105 for students and $70 concession.
Arylene Westlake-jennings learnt to make a fruit crumble and custard at the course.