Taste the flavours of Greece during this three-hour small-group cooking class, where you'll learn how to make dolmades, pilau, calamari in red wine, chicken youvetsi and more – and then feast on it all, while enjoying amazing ocean views.
When: 10am to 1pm
Where:McCrae, Mornington Peninsula
The expert Greek-Cypriot Niki grew up surrounded by great cooks – her mum, both grandmothers, and four aunts – so it was inevitable that she too would end up a cook. After a childhood spent refining her skills, recipes (and patience!), Niki's first foray into the culinary world was spurred on by Matt Preston's rave review of her home-made souvlaki ('Home Sweet Souvlaki Home', the Age Epicure, 2004). Niki quit her 9-to-5 job and took the plunge of opening her own cafe and catering business. Over the years she has been invited to give cooking demonstrations for many food festivals, including the Food and Wine Festival, the Antipodes Festival (Lonsdale Street Festival) and the Oakleigh Glendi. Niki now owns a cooking school, My Greek Kitchen, specialising in Greek cuisine, which operates from South Melbourne Market Cooking School, and in Templestowe, and on the Mornington Peninsula.
The plan We start our morning with a good cup of Greek coffee, for those who dare (or a latte or cappuccino), served with home-made Greek biscuits. We will then get stuck into some serious cooking. Under Niki's watchful eye, you will prepare a variety of Greek dishes: gemista (vegetarian stuffed vegetables), dolmades, burghul wheat pilau with Greek yoghurt, calamari in red wine, chicken youvetsi (chicken and pasta casserole) and – of course! – Greek salad. Then we will sit down to eat it all, enjoying the beautiful ocean views and washing it down with some great wine. We finish off with a delicious dessert – bougatsa, a delicious semolina custard parcel.
The fruits of your labour After a memorable day with an amazing backdrop of ocean views, you'll go home with a bellyful of food, new friends, new recipes, lots of stories and tales, and a seriously expanded cooking repertoire.
The kit required Bring lots of enthusiasm, an empty stomach, and stories to share with new friends. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed shoes.