Ever wanted to try your hand at African cooking? Now’s your chance. The Akhaya Cookery School (which is housed in a Grade II-listed converted fire station in Seven Sisters) is launching a new course for June called ‘Follow the Spice Trail’. As you’d expect from the name, this two-day course takes its inspiration from the ancient spice routes of Africa, as well as those crossing Arabia, the Far East and India. It aims to explore the historical and cultural influences behind some of today’s popular African dishes, following, for example, the ‘cinnamon route’ and the ‘clove route’ to discover their impact on the cooking of Africa’s East Coast. You’ll learn how to cook food from the so-called’ spice islands’ of Madagascar and Zanzibar, and how to use spices to enhance dishes. You’ll even be able to sample the school’s new range of African iced tea cocktails, which make use of a variety of sweet spices. The course, which runs on June 23/24 (11am-5pm ), costs £250 a head, which includes a welcome glass of wine, all ingredients, and a copy of the school’s recipe and spice guide book.
For info, see akhaya.com.