Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Cheesemaking comes to Hartingtons in the Peak District

Hartingtons in the Peak District brings the ancient art of cheesemaking back to the Peak District but only for the day.

Hartingtons School of Food in Bakewell held it's first ever cheesemaking course on the 30th May for an enthusiastic group of 16 novice and curious cheesemakers.  The students travelled from far and wide to the Peak District (the furthest had popped in from Santiago, Chile admittedly via Cardiff ) to gain some expert tuition in cheesemaking from cheesemaking expert Chris Ashby

During the day students learned how to make three types of soft cheeses.  A camembert style cheese, a roulade lemon cheese and a mozzarella.  A fantastic days cheesemaking and a great way of bring the ancient art of cheesemaking back to Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Interested in learning how to make cheese?  Sign up for one of our forthcoming cheesemaking courses.

Artisan Food Courses - Peak District

Friday, 25 May 2012

Derbyshire Food & Drink - show offers

Derbyshire Food & Drink promises to be bigger and more popular than ever this year.  If you are a 'foodie' why not pop along to stand 39 at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair and say "hello" to Julie and Chris.  During the 2 day "festival of food" at Hardwick Hall Hartingtons will be unveiling some fantastic festival offers on some of our cookery courses and artisan food courses.  Come along and find out what's going on.

Derbyshire Food & Drink - cookery courses

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Bakewell Farmers Market - shop and cook

We are delighted to announce our first "Farmers Market Shop and Cook" day with the delightful TV celebrity chef Stephanie Moon.

The event takes place on Saturday 25 August and promises to be a great day for those passionate about cooking with the best of local produce. After all what could be better than going to the local Farmers Market and then returning to our School of Food next door before you start cooking!

Refreshments will be provided on arrival at the School of Food and you will have time to meet your fellow students and Stephanie Moon before you head off to Bakewell Farmers Market, which is extremely popular with "foodies" and is now the second largest Farmers Market in the UK.

Stephanie will take you round the Market to source and buy outstanding local ingredients. Then return to the kitchen at our School of Food in a converted mill on the banks of the River Wye and learn under her expert tuition how to transform your purchases into wonderful dishes.

As well as using some of your purchases to create some very original canapes you will also make:
* A starter of pan fried soda bread with homemade chive butter and local cheese with crispy bacon and local salad leaves, homemade vinaigrette.
* Local steak, local vegetables and gratin dauphinoise with tips on cooking steak and how to get the most out of your vegetables and how to make a mustard grain sauce.
* A full assiette of desserts

Lunch will consist of a tasting of some of the dishes you prepare in the morning and at the end of the day you will have 2 portions of each of the courses prepared to take home and enjoy later with friends and family.

The day concludes with a recipe handout and discussion on the days findings along with some essential tips from Stephanie on how to improvise when needed.

If you are a bit of a "foodie" and are passionate about cooking with the best local produce then check out this course which is likely to be very popular!

Cookery Courses - Peak District

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tapas & Spanish wine - in the Peak District

Tapas and great tasting Spanish wine are meant to go together.  I've been on some fantastic holidays to Spain and have spent some very enjoyable evenings sipping a lovely Rioja and nibbling on a range of mouth watering Tapas.

Why not join us at Hartingtons in Bakewell for our first Gourmet Supper Club on Friday 10th August? You will be treated to a series of 6 different wines and authentic Spanish Tapas to go with each tasting.  The tutored wine tasting by John Hattersley Wines of Bakewell will banish the misery of the British Summer and bring some sunshine and the Spanish fiesta to the weekend.

Talking of tapas.......If you are interested in learning how to cook authentic tapas in the Peak District under the expert tuition of David Neville, owner of El Toro in Sheffield, we have just booked in a new Authentic Tapas Course on the 7th October. His first tapas course in April was a complete sell out and this new date promises to be just as popular!

Cookery Courses in The Peak District

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Cup cake making courses in the Peak District

Hartingtons is proud to present not one but two cup cake making courses at our new School of Food in Bakewell.  We have an Introduction To Cup Cake Making where you will learn the icing and decorating skills to customise your own unique looking and tasting cup cakes.  For those who want to develop their own cup cake masterpieces we are also putting on a Cup Cake Making Masterclass to be hosted by expert cake baker Emma Mitchell, who supplies the Chastworth Estate with her cup cakes.  During this full day masterclass in cup cake making you will explore some of Emma's favourite flavour combinations and then proceed to bake your own cup cakes.  After lunch you will be shown how to make your own butter cream topping and then use fondant icing to make your own sweet sensations. On both courses you will take away a box of your own sensational cup cakes.

If you love cupcakes but want to taste them rather than make them then why not come along to our free "private view" featuring Pearl in "Bakewell Get's A New Tart" on the 21st July.  Not only will there be some fantastic new art work from Sheffield artist Wildago but you will also be able to taste and buy a selection of Emma Mitchell's irresistible cup cakes.  It's a festival of cup cakes, all in the lovely setting of our converted saw mill in Bakewell.  Delightful!

 Cup cake making courses in the Peak District

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Sourdough Bread Making Course In The Peak District

Our first ever sourdough bread making course takes place in our School of Food in the Peak District today with Master Baker Andrew Auld from the Loaf in Crich.

We are looking forward to the lovely smells and tastes associated with this naturally leavened bread.

Sourdough bread is truly an artisan bread, being far more difficult to produce on a large scale as it uses natural yeast rather than bakers yeast and therefore the results tend to be far less predictable than the Chorleywood style of mass bread production adopted in the 1960's.

If you are interested in learning about sourdough bread making in the Peak District we have a number of artisan bread making courses coming up so check out the details.

Artisan bread making courses in the Peak District.