An Egg Masterclass w/ Clarence Court & Madeleine Shaw

Eggs are an absolute staple in my kitchen and diet.

They’re just so easy to cook and versatile – not to mention cheap as chips – so there’s hardly a week going without  some yolk-based dish grazing my dining table and/or lunch box.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Because I love eggs so much, I have quite a few tricks up my sleeves.

… but nothing compared to the egg-perts at the Underground Cooking School, where I recently attended a egg-centric masterclass organised by specialty egg producer Clarence Court and fellow egg-lover Madeleine Shaw.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Together, they took us through the steps of cooking my dream dinner – a three-course meal with eggs for every course.

Really quite egg-citing!

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

First, we made some healthy vegetarian Scotch eggs, wrapped in chickpea paste and baked to golden perfection.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + WhiskyAn egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

They’re super easy to make too.

First, make the chickpea paste by blending a can of drained chickpeas.

Mix in a couple spoonful of tahini paste, salt, papper and any spices you like (paprika and cumin are both excellent choices).

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Then form a ball with a little bit of the chickpea paste.

Flatten it to about 1/2 thickness and wrap around a 5-6min boiled hen egg (we used some lovely, orange-yolked Burford Brown eggs).

Repeat until you’ve covered the egg entirely, sealing the different pieces together carefully.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + WhiskyAn egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Next, the eggs (make one per person) need to be crumbed, following the classic flour-egg-breadcrumb process.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Brush the crumbed eggs with a little bit of olive oil for added golden factor, then baked for 20 min at 200°C.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + WhiskyAn egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Whilst our eggs where baking, we learnt how to prepare and filet mackerels…

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

… and how to make the perfect poached egg, every time!

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Essential skills for that night’s main course, and for any cook really, hence the very attentive audience!

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Last but not least – pudding!

And not just any pud – Madeleine Shaw’s signature healthy blondie brownies, made by the get-the-glow queen herself!

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + WhiskyAn egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + WhiskyAn egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Just a few ingredients (including super creamy duck eggs) and very speedy to put together, they are the perfect indulgent-but-healthy pick-me-up.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Then in true Underground Cooking School fashion, we sat down to eat the egg-squisite fruits of our labour.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

First up, the vegetarian Scotch egg – incredibly satisfying and moreish, and a great recipe to keep in mind for a party (imagine how cute a mini quail egg version would look!).

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Then delicious (if somewhat blury) mackerel filets with a perfectly poached, runny egg (look at that yolk colour!) and a side of broccolini.

A simple yet fantastic main, with the creaminess of the egg pairing perfectly with the rich, oily flesh of the fish.

An egg-celent masterclass with Clarence Court / Three-course egg menu / Cake + Whisky

Last but not least – the nuttiest of blondie brownies, served with cocoa nibs for texture and a side of vanilla ice cream.

An egg-celent end to an egg-celent meal, full of egg-centric recipes that are very easy to make at home.

Invite your favourite people over, pick one, two or all three recipes, and you have all the ingredients for a cracking party!

Other cooking classes I’ve tried

A British cocktail masterclass at Hixter Bankside

L’Avenue brunch masterclass

Lobster masterclass

Butchery masterclass at Barbecoa

I attended this event as a guest of Clarence Court and/or their PR representatives. 

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An Egg Masterclass w/ Clarence Court & Madeleine Shaw

Sun’s out, Bun House!

You know the saying – sun’s out, buns out!

And I know just the spot to get your bun fix – Bun House!

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Light and airy, Bun House isn’t very big but the menu is every steamed bun lover’s dream come true.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

The bun selection is rather wide: there’s pork of course, but also lamb, veggie, fish, as well as a couple of sweet options.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

All steamed to order and ready in minutes.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

We made the most of a quiet Monday lunch service to try it all…

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Veggie? Good.

Fish? Good.

Lamb? Gooooooooooooooood!

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

The pickled daikon is a great way to keep things fresh.

And the lotus crisps are simply too good to pass.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Take it all down with many a cup of tea… and there you have it: the perfect London lunch in the sun!

Or the rain. Or even in case of a return of the Beast from the East…

Bun House, 24 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ

Where else’s good near Bun House?

Xu, Chinatown

Kricket, Soho

Temper, Soho

Palomar, Soho

Sun’s out, Bun House!

7 places I’d love to re-visit

As every wanderer dreaming of seeing as much of our lovely little planet as possible, I have a never ending to-visit list. And said list tend to focus on new-to-me places, because as Barney Simpson says: “New is always better”.

Right?

Wrong.

As exciting as discovering a new place is, the truth is, there’s always going to be some places that truly resonate with you.

Spots you simply can’t cover in one trip. Cities that keep changing and evolving, and therefore always in mouvement and ‘new’. Places that just feel like home.

So much so in fact that you start planning a return visit on your way to the airport.

Here’s my current top 7 of those places I’d love to re-visit.

7 places I'd love to re-visit / 7 travel destinations that deserve a second visit / #travellinkup / Cake + Whisky

NYC

Much like London, New York is always changing.

No matter how many times you visits (and how many steps you walk a day!), there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

Which is just as well because as you read this post, I’m actually on a 2-week trip to the USA, with two full weekends in NYC. I’m hoping to re-visit old favourites (looking at you, Katz’s!), as well as discovering new things (and eating all the brunch dishes).

Sweden

I celebrated my 18th birthday in Sweden, and I have wonderful memories of visiting Stockholm and the Lake region.

There was something so beautiful about the pure, golden light, the small red wooden houses, the deep blue water and the fresh fish dishes and it all reminds engraved in my mind.

And now that I’ve mastered the art of planning city breaks, I’m itching to re-visit the Swedish capital!

7 places I'd love to re-visit / 7 travel destinations that deserve a second visit / #travellinkup / Cake + Whisky

Cuba

Beautiful, unexpected and so, so, so different from anywhere else I’d ever been to, Cuba simply took my breath away.

Unfortunately, my Cuban adventures were not the most comfortable as I managed to catch a nasty stomach bug on day 2, which prevented me from making the most of our time on the dreamy Caribbean island.

I have major regrets of not being able to swim in waterfalls in Trinidad, and of not drinking all the rum cocktails.

So a Cuban do-over is most certainly on the cards at some point!

Bilbao

I went to Bilbao on a school trip and I keep unaltered memories of the beautiful Guggenheim undulating structure shinning in the sunshine.

The museum itself, featuring works from many of my favourite contemporary artists, was a dream.

The architectural mix of the city, combining old brick buildings and super modern glass structures in a seamless way, was another thing that caught my eye.

But because we spent very little time wandering the city and with all of our meals planned and taken care of for us, I feel like there’s still more for me to explore in Bilbao.

7 places I'd love to re-visit / 7 travel destinations that deserve a second visit / #travellinkup / Cake + Whisky

Dublin

The people. The vibes. The whiskey. The foooooooooooood!!

Our trip to Dublin last year was everything I had dreamt about, and then some.

Though to be honest, the prospect of dinner at Forest Avenue alone would be enough to convince me to jump in a plane!

7 places I'd love to re-visit / 7 travel destinations that deserve a second visit / #travellinkup / Cake + Whisky

Copenhagen

With a strong focus on scandi design, interesting food creations, cinnamon buns and the purest, whitest light, Copenhagen was always to be a favourite of mine, and a place I’ll want to visit again and again.

And again.

7 places I'd love to re-visit / 7 travel destinations that deserve a second visit / #travellinkup / Cake + Whisky

Paris

When I lived in Paris, I didn’t really enjoy it as a city.

Now that I don’t, I simply can’t get enough of it.

Similar enough to London to be comfortable, yet different enough to be exciting, and the very epitome of classy easy-going ‘à la Française’…

It’s just such a lovely city to explore… just got to keep an eye on the Eurostar ticket prices!

How many of those places have you visited? What places have you been to and can’t wait to re-visit? 

This blog post has been written as part of this month’s #travellinkup, which theme was ‘places we can’t get out of our heads’. If you’re a travel-addict, make sure you join the monthly #travellinkup, hosted by Adventures of a London KiwiSilverSpoon London and Follow Your Sunshine. Every month, there’s a new fun travel brief to share stories of your adventures!

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