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November 23, 2012
It’s hands-on at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

As you may have surmised, Christmas is coming. Sure, you can try and hide or just ignore it but, sooner or later, you’re going to have to face the tinsel.

If you are on cooking duty then there are people who can help make it all run that bit more smoothly on the 25th of December.

Traditional Christmas dinner

The Cookery School in Glasgow is running two Christmas Cookery Classes. On Thursday 6th December, they are running an all day traditional Christmas dinner class. From broccoli, brie and cranberry en croute to Xmas pudding ice cream, the school’s chefs will show culinary scholars how to prep and cook a trad Christmas dinner.

Before that, on Saturday1 December, the school is hosting a one day contemporary Christmas dinner course. Think along the lines of melon martinis with watermelon shots and spiced parsnip cappuccinos. Both cost £99.50 and operate on a eat-what-you-cook basis.

If carving your Christmas dinner gives you the collywobbles then help is at hand in the form of carving demo and dinner being held at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School on Wednesday 28th November from 6.30pm.

Knife skills

Principal Fiona Burrell will help guests master the lost art of carving in a three hour demonstration and dinner. The evening class will teach guests to carve with confidence. Turkey, lamb, beef and ham will all be going under the knife.

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of wine before they learn to sharpen up their carving skills with a master class on everything from equipment and knife techniques to understanding the different cuts, tastes and textures of the meats.

Following the detailed demonstration, guests will be invited to take a turn of carving one of the meats if they wish, before sitting down in the school’s striking dining room to enjoy a two-course dinner with wine, all for only £55 per ticket.