California cooking tour Spring 2017

I spent a week back in California in March, teaching two classes a day to so many lovely people. This was my fourth cooking tour. I always plan everything with military precision on my trusty spreadsheet before I set off – grocery lists, packing list, travel details. The only thing that I forgot to check this time was the expiry date on my drivers licence. There’s nothing like getting off a long-haul flight with a case full of pans and a schedule of classes to find out that the car you rented will be staying in the carpark. Oops.

Luckily Silicon valley is packed with Ubers so I was driven between classes and grocery stores in a random assortment of cars. Not ideal but I did have some great conversations, and even got some recipes from some of the drivers when they asked why I was traveling around with so many bags of food and equipment!

Thank you to all of you who invited me to cook with you and your friends. I had a blast seeing you all and sharing my new menu. I’ve loved seeing the photos of everything you’ve been cooking from class – keep them coming! Scroll down to see the pictures of our classes.

You can read about my day off in wine country here.

keep sharing the love

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to meet lots of new people too. Please keep commenting on and sharing my recipes and posts with your friends. I’ve got big plans for next year so the more people I have following me, the better I can justify the time and expense that goes into making them happen. In this funny social media world we live in, those likes, shares, reviews and comments really mean a lot. Please share my Facebook page, tag friends in comments to my Facebook and Instagram posts or share my newsletter sign up. It all helps massively. Ok, plea bit over. Back to the photos of my gorgeous students, the food and recipes…

my tour menu

Vietnamese pork noodle salad.

One-pan chicken pilaf with game-changing add-ins.

Eggplant polpette.

Thank you!

I couldn’t continue to do this without the support of so many people so thank you…

To all of you who open your gorgeous kitchens and come along to classes then fan the fire by sharing your comments and photos on social media.

To the Woods for letting me set up camp in their pool house and for the late night glasses of wine and jet-lag fighting Aeropress coffees. To the Buttons for sharing their home, their wine and for driving me around.

To my parents for stepping in to look after my boys and the house while I’m away.

To Mr Tomato for manning the fort and taste testing everything multiple times. For not moaning when I stand on a chair to take photos of his food before he eats.

To all my friends who meet up with me for catch ups and cuddles in between classes even though I’m usually smelling of onions.

my next California cooking tour

I’ll be back in the Autumn and will announce my dates in late August so let me know if you’d like to hear about them first.