When you get a last minute invitation to join a group of foodies at a cooking evening at the Ginger & Lime kitchen in Fresnaye you drop everything…. most especially if the wet wintery evening is set to involve curry and wine!
That’s exactly what I did… and then I did a mad scramble to find a friend who would be spontaneous enough to join me at a moment’s notice. Gotta love those type of friends!
So off we went, unsure of what to expect, but excited to have a “night off” from cooking for our families (I think they had toasted cheese or pesto pasta!) and ready to learn from the pro’s in the know who would be sharing their Curries From Around The World with us and pairing them with wines from Excelsior wine estate near Robertson.
After a welcome glass of Excelsior wine and some curried dahl with crispy roti, we settled in to enjoy the evening…
First up, a few instructions on how the evening would unfold from our chef and then it was time to get stuck-in to this interactive cooking class. No sitting back and watching here! At Ginger and Lime you’re expected to get involved…
Fortunately all the ingredients are prepared and pre-measured which makes cooking a whole lot easier (and the washing up is also taken care of! Bonus!)
Initially our menu of 8 dishes looked rather intimidating, but then we realised that we would all be preparing different aspects of the meal so things wouldn’t take quite so long!
Curries from Around the World started with Spicy Thai Tom Yum Goong Soup which was delish and definitely spicey!
This was followed by Chickpea Dumplings in a Tomato Curry with fresh basil…. I got involved with preparing the tomato curry and wept through the combo of onion chopping and red thai curry paste!
Next up was the Aromatic Creole Fish Curry (inspired by the owner’s visits to the Seychelles). I’ve never been one to order Fish Curry as I’ve always been a bit nervous about the freshness of the fish… but this was catch of the day fresh with no cause of concern (it helps when you’re in the kitchen to deduce these sorts of things!) It turned out to be one of my favourite flavours of the evening despite the fact that fish curry is notoriously HOT!
Butter Chicken Curry from India was next… and this proved to be another flavourful favourite (and a recipe I’ll definitely be attempting myself at home soon!) Served with a tomato, onion, green pepper, parsley, coriander and lime salsa it’s a winter winner!
After all the aromas of this feast filled the air, it was finally time to eat so we dished up our curries and sides (Curried whole cauliflower and Spiced beetroot with yoghurt & coriander) and tucked in right there in the kitchen, pairing each dish with a recommended wine from Excelsior’s collection…
Our evening ended with dessert, Fried bananas in vanilla-coconut broth with a nut butter and honey sauce. It was decadently delicious!
This was such a fun way to spend an evening with a friend – preparing good food, tasting good wine, meeting good people! Definitely a wonderful way to spend a wet winter’s evening!
If you’re keen to attend the next Curries from Around the World class at Ginger and Lime it’s taking place on 31 August. Alternatively visit their website to take a look at all the other upcoming Ginger and Lime cooking classes happening over the next few months. Classes are 3 hours long and take place from 18:30 on Tues, Wed and Thurs evenings. Prices start from R650pp and includes the meal, wines as well as the recipes to take home.
Images: Kathryn Rossiter