Blokes’ cook­ing classes kick off

Nelson Mail - - News - Skara Bohny

A cook­ing class for men who want to spice up their cui­sine is lack­ing just one in­gre­di­ent – more blokes.

Sally Rees’ sec­ond class at the Nel­son Rugby Club yes­ter­day morn­ing saw two men take on recipes for spanako­pita (spinach and feta cheese filo), tzatziki and mush­room sauce, fin­ish­ing in time for them to share the fruits of their labour for lunch.

David Si­moni joined Rees in the clu­b­room kitchen for a sec­ond help­ing, af­ter his first one-on-one class on spaghetti and meat­balls and meat­loaf. He said he came to the classes be­cause they were a good chance to up­skill.

‘‘I can fol­low a recipe all right, but some­times it doesn’t quite turn out right.’’

Si­moni said he ‘‘jumped at the chance’’ when he heard about Rees’ classes. ‘‘You can’t even buy a meal for the price you pay for this. I’m sur­prised more peo­ple aren’t here.’’

He was joined for his sec­ond class by Reg Git­tus, who said he was en­cour­aged to go by his wife.

‘‘We al­ways had that re­ally tra­di­tional re­la­tion­ship – she was in charge of cook­ing and the kitchen, and I did all the stuff out­side,’’ he said.

‘‘That worked re­ally well, but now there come times when she’s not around and I have to fend for my­self.

‘‘I get by, but I wouldn’t say I’m a Miche­lin star chef yet.’’

Git­tus said that af­ter the classes, he might to help ‘‘di­rect’’ his wife in her cook­ing.

Rees said the class was go­ing well, but she had room for up to four more pupils, and wel­comed more men who would like to get in touch.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s class, Rees demon­strated tech­niques be­fore let­ting Si­moni and Git­tus take the reins, which she said was her pre­ferred method for teach­ing.

‘‘It’s good to get your hands-on learn­ing, get in­volved in the process, be­cause that’s how you learn.

‘‘You can learn from a book or a YouTube video, but it’s not the same.’’

Rees is in­volved in sev­eral foodrelated projects around Nel­son, and can be reached via her Nat­u­ral Nosh web­site, where she fo­cuses on raw food and healthy eat­ing. The classes cost $10 plus the cost of in­gre­di­ents.

‘‘I wouldn’t say I’m a Miche­lin star chef yet.’’ Reg Git­tus, learner cook


David Si­moni, left, and Reg Git­tus are taught the finer points of mak­ing spanako­pita by chef Sally Rees, who is run­ning cook­ing classes for men at the Nel­son Rugby Club.

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