I was very kindly invited along to the Belfast Cookery School in conjunction with Fish Is the Dish yesterday with my daughter Ellie. The idea behind the day was to introduce children to cooking fish and ways to make it fun. The ideal came from Jane Devonshire the Masterchef winner. Having never been to the school we were both really excited to go. From my point, I wanted to learn more about cooking fish for the family. Meals that we can all enjoy.
Belfast Cookery School
The Belfast cookery school is located in the heart of Belfast. Meaning its easily accessible for all. As I mentioned above the day was created to try and teach families how to bring fun and passion into cooking with seafood. We arrived along with the other mums with children for the day.
Our Course Menu
Hake Fish Finger Sandwich
Funky Fish Tacos
The signature dish from Mourne Seafood – Mussels in fennel cream
Breakdown Of The Day
Ian was our chef for today’s course and him along with his team made us feel very welcome. Ian got us all involved at each stage of the demo. This was fantastic as I have never skinned a fish or prepped one for cooking. Ellie even got involved as well which she really enjoyed 🙂 We watched our first demo which was the fish finger meal and then we took that information and made the meal ourselves from start to finish. Everything that we made we ate at the seating area afterwards. This made for a lovely setting and we all got to sit and chat and get to know each other.
The recipes that were chosen for the day really suited family life. Plus they can also be made very quickly which is great for busy households. In the cookery school kitchen area, we all had our own cooking space, complete with all that we needed to cook our meal. The ingredients had all been pre-measured as well which made it super easy especially for the children involved.
The Belfast cookery school is definitely a place that I want to go back to. Either by myself or with friends. It’s such a fun space and if your wanting to learn new skills this is the place to go. Ellie and I came away with massive smiles on our faces and filled tummies. Its made her want to cook more and me to experiment more with fish dishes. I had always shied away from cooking fish through fear of over or under cooking but after asking a zillion questions yesterday I feel more equipped to take on the challenge.
Many thanks to Ian the head chef, his team, Stripe communications and Lynn for a wonderful day.