|Breadmaking course at Jojo's Danish Bakery in Edinburgh.|
This month I have a particularly good competition that is open to my readers in the UK, or anyone who has a visit to the UK planned in the coming months.
The prize is a cookery course/class worth up to £100.
You don't need to worry about the location, because we won't book the course for the winner until we find out a bit more about their interests and location.
I learned to cook when I left home and went to art college and it seems that a lot of other people also learned to cook once they went to College or University. In fact Endsleigh recently did a study that shows that almost two thirds of students learn to cook at university with 61% cooking their very first meal at University.
The first recipe I mastered as a student was macaroni cheese, but not from a packet, oh no, the old fashioned way with a roux.
My mother taught me how to make a cheese sauce from a roux before I left home and it served me well. In fact my student friends were quite impressed. Little did they know that it was all I had in my repertoire and the rest of my meals consisted of toast, salads and baked potatoes.
Meals out tended to be a visit to our local pizza restaurant, Pizzaland. I don't know if you remember Pizzaland, they did the most amazing garlic bread, which was a sort of small pizza dough baguette that was filled with garlic butter. When you torn into it, the garlicky butter oozed out. It was so good! I still think of it from time to time. They also did a student special, which involved a very small pizza and a baked potato filled with grated mozzarella. Very cheap, but tasty.
Here are a few photos from my students days for you to laugh at:
|In my studio, you can see how stylish I was.|
|My husband aged 18.|
|Matric card. Look at those curls!|
|Henna red hair & stripes.|
|Sunglasses may have helped here!|
|Photo booth hell!|
To enter this competition, I would like you to tell me about the first dish you mastered. If there is a story alongside it, then please do tell it. Did you astonish yourself with your skills as a chef or did it all go disastrously wrong? I really look forward to reading your stories.
This competition will run until 8am on Wednesday 31st of October 2012. I will be using a random number generator to choose my winner and will announce the winner alongside the winner of this month's No Croutons Required.
There are no extra entries this month. I just want to hear your stories.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored competition, the prize is provided by Endsleigh.