Who’s cooking dinner?

Rachel McCormack was cooking dinner for us last Saturday! Rachel is a friendly, vivacious, enthusiastic Scottish lady who teaches Catalan cooking in London. She lived in Spain for 7 years, mainly in the Barcelona region, where she gained knowledge in the regional cuisine. She’s an expert. The introduction to Catalan cooking was a great experience at this month’s London Cooking Club. This was my second visit at the London Cooking Club and you can read about my first visit here. This time the guests didn’t cook any of the dishes in advance, we came armed with one piece of Spanish cheese and a bottle each, that could have been either Cava, Manzanilla, Sherry Fino, Pedro Ximenez (sweet sherry – Tiffany bought a 30 years old bottle!), white and red Spanish wines.  Rachel and Luiz bought all the produce which we paid for and we took turns in cooking with Rachel. We devoured the lovely food, cooked with fresh ingredients which Rachel made sure are all available in the main supermarkets or/and local markets, making ease to reproduce them at home. The recipes are easy to follow and the star of the menu, in my opinion, were the stuffed squid with aubergines, prawns and pine nuts. Followed by the Catalan seafood rice. The mousse de Xocolata was a revelation! I thoroughly enjoyed it!  For more details about Rachel’s cookery courses and delicious recipes please visit her website: Catalan_Cooking

Another great time at The London Cooking Club I am a big fan. Luiz and Mr G are the best hosts ever!

Rachel hard at work
The dinning room


tapas, cava & manzanilla


just a few plates and bowls


cooking with Rachel
Huevos Rotos


for the squid
stuffing the squids
grilling  the stuffed squids
my favorite dish of the night
Catalan feast
Now that’s special: 30 years old Pedro Ximenez
Spanish cheese platter : my favourite was Picos de Europa is a three-milk blue cheese from the mountains in Northern Spain that is aged for 2 months in caves. It was served with a delicious fig almond cake


the making of mousse de xocolata
all gone!
night night




  1. Fernandez & Leluu
    March 3, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    looks so good! love the cooking club events

  2. Tiffany
    March 4, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    The squid was my favourite too!!! What great pictures. It was sooo much fun.

  3. March 4, 2011 / 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comments.
    Fernandez& Leluu – looking forward to come to your dinner. Luiz talks highly about it.
    Luiz – thanks for another great night. Pictures are getting a bit better, not award winning…yet!
    Tiffany – lovely to meet you and it was a delicious dish I will try the recipe again.

  4. Hanna @ Swedish Meatball
    March 6, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    Looks insane – very very jealous! I really want to learn how to cook squid properly – the stuffed squid looks amazing!