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Nov
21
Thu
Cooking master class – ‘a Mediterranean Christmas’ @ Gourmet Living
Nov 21 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included.

Menu: preserved lemon prawns; greek meatballs; and fig tart.

Nonna & Mum’s homestyle cooking class @ Furlan Club
Nov 21 @ 19:30 – 22:30
Nov
22
Fri
Cooking master class – ‘a Mediterranean Christmas’ @ Gourmet Living
Nov 22 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included.

Menu: preserved lemon prawns; greek meatballs; and fig tart.

Nov
23
Sat
Sourdough bread making with Nadine Kemp @ Living And Learning @ Ajani
Nov 23 @ 10:00 – 14:30

Learn a simple sourdough technique giving a great and reliable result for the home baker. Learn how to mix and shape your dough and then bake a pre-prepared loaf, giving you the opportunity to taste the result. You will be supplied with a jar of starter, recipes and your dough to bake at home. Bring a clear 4 litre container and an apron.

Book by phone (9850 3687) or email (office@livelearnajani.org.au).

Thermomix made with love @ H-crib
Nov 23 @ 12:00 – 14:00

The recipes demonstrated at the class will include: parmesan shortbreads with fennel and chilli; sun-dried tomato pesto dip; spicy peach and mango chutney; za’atar seasoning; lemon and thyme oil; DIY chocolate truffles; chai tea powder; and cranberry and pistachio cookie gift jar. Tastings will be available throughout.

Nov
24
Sun
How to grow and how to cook Spring/Summer Asian vegetable workshop @ Murundaka Cohousing Community
Nov 24 @ 11:00 – 13:30

The Asian vegetables include shiso, bitter gourd, okra and edamame. These can be planted now and are short term vegetables that can be harvested in 2 to 3 months. Find out about crop rotation, what manure is best, what is bolting and mixed planting system. Learn authentic Japanese cooking using these Asian greens. Handouts, seedlings available and food sample. The workshop is hands-on and you will cook, eat, laugh and clean up together! Your ticket to this event includes two potted seedlings and a light lunch. Facilitated by Seila Hierk and Mikoto Araki. Organised by Transition 3081.

Nov
26
Tue
Wild fermentation class (pickling and sauerkraut) @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
Nov 26 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Louise will lead you through the techniques and importance of incorporating good gut health into your diet. You will sample and learn how to make fermented foods such as pickling, exploring the art of fermenting your own vegetables, and how to easily introduce these and other fermented foods such as miso into your diet for better gut health. After the class, enjoy a guided Edible Forest tour.

Nov
28
Thu
Cooking master class – ‘Christmas faves’ @ Gourmet Living
Nov 28 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included.

Menu: prawn pasta salad; grilled pork fennel sausages; and Christmas mousse.

Nov
29
Fri
Dairy and kombucha fermentation class @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
Nov 29 @ 11:00 – 12:30

You will learn how to make your own yoghurt, kefir and kombucha. Have some fun and experiment with soft kefir cheese and gut healthy fizzy drinks.  Conclude the class with a guided tour of the Edible Forest. Optional extra: purchase a kombucha pack for $25 to take home and continue your fermentation; the pack includes a 1 litre jar, flip top bottle, gut health book and muslin cloth. 

Mediterranean Summer feast @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Nov 29 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Join Arzu to learn how to cook a Mediterranean summer feast of three dishes. The workshop will also explain the health benefits of using olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs.

Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Nov 29 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Menu: chicken tikka / paneer tikka; chicken kebab / veg kebab; chick peas salad.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email.

Nov
30
Sat
Fermented beverages @ CERES
Nov 30 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • Do’s and don’ts of fermenting beverages.
  • The process of fermenting beverages.

What you will get:

  • Recipes to take home.
  • A jun scoby to take home.
  • Samples in class of all three beverages.

Presenter: Monique Miller. You will learn the basics of fermenting kombucha and jun kvass (a relative of kombucha) at home.

Amazake making and cooking @ Private address (address provided on booking)
Nov 30 @ 11:00 – 13:30

Amazake (aka ama koji) is a traditional Japanese fermented energy drink. Rich in digestive enzymes and nutrition, amazake is also a seasoning for cooking. Learn about amazake and enjoy the flavour, beauty and health benefits.

Book by email (hello.cookingwithkoji@gmail.com). In your message, please include your name, contact number, email, requested date and time.

Sourdough bread and pumpkin damper making @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Nov 30 @ 13:30 – 14:30

Terry Wesselink will demonstrate how to manage your sourdough starter and make bread using the pizza oven. Bring along a sterile jar, as for jam making, with a hole in the lid to take home some starter. In the same session, Patty Boxhall will make a moist pumpkin and herb damper for all to sample.

Click here to read about the garden.

Dec
1
Sun
Vegan cheese making with Nase Supplitt @ CERES
Dec 1 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make your own vegan cheese.
  • How to make vegan milks, creamy spreads and dairy-free desserts.

Presenter: Nase Supplitt.

Shio koji making and cooking @ Private address (address provided on booking)
Dec 1 @ 11:00 – 13:30

Shio koji is a Japanese fermented seasoning made with rice koji (cooked rice that has been inoculated with the fungus Aspergillus oryzae).

Book by email (hello.cookingwithkoji@gmail.com).

Dec
7
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Dec 7 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Wild fermentation class (pickling and sauerkraut) @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
Dec 7 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Louise will lead you through the techniques and importance of incorporating good gut health into your diet. You will sample and learn how to make fermented foods such as pickling, exploring the art of fermenting your own vegetables, and how to easily introduce these and other fermented foods such as miso into your diet for better gut health. After the class, enjoy a guided Edible Forest tour.

Truffle workshop at Ratio Cocoa Roasters @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Dec 7 @ 10:30 – 12:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Then make your own milk or dark truffles with a selection of toppings.

Dec
8
Sun
Fermentation veg ferments and cultured condiments @ CERES
Dec 8 @ 10:00 – 14:00

What you will learn:

  • All about ferments.
  • How to ferment your own food.

What you will get:

  • Recipes to take home.
  • Samples of what you make.

Presenter: Monique Miller. Focusing on sauerkraut, fermented condiments such as lacto-fermented salsa, apple sauce, and also a broader range of fermented vegetables & fruits.

Creative Chinese vegetarian cooking @ Watsonia Library
Dec 8 @ 13:30 – 15:00

The EZ Veggie cooking group will show you how to make tasty, healthy, vegetarian dishes and will offer tastings during the session.

Registration essential.

Dec
9
Mon
Christmas gingerbread house demonstration @ Thomastown Library
Dec 9 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Irene Williams will demonstrate how to make a gingerbread house for Christmas.

Registration essential.

Dec
10
Tue
Cookie cake and fondant cookies with Emelia Jackson @ Gourmet Living
Dec 10 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This event will take place opn Tuesday, 10th December and again on Wednesday, 11th December, both 7-9pm.

You will learn:

  • How to make a gingerbread tree cookie cake with shipped chocolate ganache.
  • About fondant: how to colour it, roll and cut it out to perfectly fit your cookie.
  • How to decorate cookies in a festive style with watercolour painted fondant, marble fondant, embossed lettering and gold/silver leaf.
  • How to make your own stencils and cut out a large cookie cake.
  • How to decorate and fill a large cookie cake.

Snacks and sparkling on arrival; tart and bruschetta to eat while you watch; cookies to take home.

Stress free Christmas cooking (thermomix) @ Sharynvan Workshop
Dec 10 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Christmas can be stressful because you just want it to be perfect. In this class, they will show you how to use your thermomix to make your Christmas easier, from pre-preparing dishes, downloading easy recipes and following our own thermomix favourites.

Dec
11
Wed
Cookie cake and fondant cookies with Emelia Jackson @ Gourmet Living
Dec 11 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This event will take place opn Tuesday, 10th December and again on Wednesday, 11th December, both 7-9pm.

You will learn:

  • How to make a gingerbread tree cookie cake with shipped chocolate ganache.
  • About fondant: how to colour it, roll and cut it out to perfectly fit your cookie.
  • How to decorate cookies in a festive style with watercolour painted fondant, marble fondant, embossed lettering and gold/silver leaf.
  • How to make your own stencils and cut out a large cookie cake.
  • How to decorate and fill a large cookie cake.

Snacks and sparkling on arrival; tart and bruschetta to eat while you watch; cookies to take home.

Dec
13
Fri
Christmas hors d’oeuvres @ Eltham Library
Dec 13 @ 10:30 – 11:30

A Christmas cooking demonstration by Marie Vassallo of Christmas Hors D’oeuvres.

Dec
14
Sat
Gingerbread house workshop @ Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
Dec 14 @ 09:30 – 12:00

Create a seasonal gingerbread house. Recipe and instructions will be supplied. You will need to bake your own gingerbread slabs to bring along on the day.

Preserving the season’s harvest @ CERES
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 14:00

What you will learn:

  • How to preserve surplus foods.
  • How to make jams.
  • Improve your culinary skillset.

Presenter: Laura Issell. Learn how to make jams, pastes, pickles and the art of basic canning so that you can preserve your home harvest or extend your seasonal produce year round.

Christmas cupcake decorating workshop @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Join Jess, from Norma Rose Cakes to make 12 cupcakes with 4 different designs to take home. Learn various piping techniques including small stars, fine line and large swirls. Create white Christmas tree decoration, snow icing and how to place decorations.

Jan
4
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Jan 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Feb
1
Sat
Summer preserves @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 1 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to preserve fruit and vegetables for use in the future.
  • How to bottle preserves.
  • The selection and sterilisation of jars.

Presented by Lucy Marasco. Join Lucy to learn the basics of preserving, including the importance of sterilisation techniques, as well as the opportunity to try out some traditional and modern preserving recipes.

No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Feb 1 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Feb
2
Sun
Mozzarella and ricotta cheesemaking workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Feb 2 @ 12:00 – 14:30

What you will learn:

  • How to coagulate milk using acid and rennet.
  • How to stretch and shape mozzarella.
  • How to make whole milk ricotta.

What you will get:

  • Recipes and the essential techniques of cheesemaking.
  • A tasting of the cheeses made.
  • Notes about the major steps of cheesemaking and resources for quality milk and supplies.
  • A 20% discount on cheesemaking kits and equipment purchased in conjunction with the workshop.

Join Jacqueline Bender as she demystifies the art of making two of Italy’s most beloved cheeses. You will make mozzarella and ricotta from bio-dynamic milk (or organic if unavailable) to be eaten at the conclusion of the class. Ricotta will be made from whole milk (paneer style), which you will roll in home-made dukkah (chopped nuts and spices).

Participants will be limited to 8 to maintain an informal interactive format.

Feb
4
Tue
Cooking from scratch in your thermomix @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Feb 4 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Learn how to do all your kitchen basics including butter, nut butter, almond milk, cheese and bread.

Mar
7
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Mar 7 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Apr
4
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Apr 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

May
2
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

May
9
Sat
Olive magic @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 9 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Improve your culinary knowledge.
  • Learn how to preserve olives.
  • Understand and experience different techniques for preserving olives.

Presented by Lucy Marasco. Transform bitter unpalatable olives into gourmet delights! This hands-on workshop will show you a variety of different ways Italians use to preserve green olives straight from the tree.

Jun
6
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Jun 6 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Jul
4
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Jul 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Aug
1
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Aug 1 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Sep
5
Sat
No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
Sep 5 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.