Ravioli and romance

08 Mar

You name it, London has it. We love this city because everything is at our fingertips. Gourmet restaurants. Cocktail bars. Yoga classes. State-of-the-art gyms. More parks than I can count. The list goes on.

Jamie Oliver's Recipease

Although I could wine and dine my way through this great metropolis every night of the week, I sometimes want a change of scenery. Something new and exciting. Something I’ve never done before. Enter Jamie Oliver’s Recipease.

I must admit that I have never been a personal fan of Jamie Oliver (especially not his embarrassingly emotional behaviour on TV), but he has truly succeeded with Recipease and I must give credit where credit is due.

Feels like home

I had always been curious about various cooking classes throughout the city, but sushi courses cost more than my first car and gourmet classes seem pretentious and snooty. But alas, there was a better option all along and I found it just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A quick tube ride to Clapham finds you at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease. It’s a modest shop and cookery school which can be best described as warm, welcoming, and wonderful. I love it because it serves so many purposes. It sells kitchen gadgets, wine, and food. Beautiful ready-made food from Jamie Oliver’s own recipes. Mmmmm.

Pasta filled with love (and spinach)

All geared up and ready to go!

When my boyfriend and I walked into Recipease, we were greeted with two glasses of wine and some aprons. Oh how I do love aprons and wine! Let the fun begin.

Because it was Valentine’s Day, the class was full of couples in love. This was fine for us, but I can imagine the misery that a single person would have felt if they were taking the class alongside twenty people in loved up relationships. Memories of my single days came flooding back to me.

After a brief introduction by our instructor, we were given a work station which included all of the ingredients necessary to make the evening’s meal: spinach and cheese ravioli. Making pasta from scratch seems a bit daunting at first, but I quickly realised just how recipeasy it really is.

The process began with an egg, some flour, and a bowl. We stirred, kneaded, smoothed, cut, and filled our pasta. The instructor kept a close eye on us to catch us when we did something wrong. We learned some creative ways to fold our pasta into different shapes. My favourite was the sailboat.

An array of goodies for your kitchen

Thirty minutes and a few glasses of wine later, our pasta was done. Our pasta. The pasta we made from just an egg and some flour. What a rewarding and delicious experience!

Great Success

After the class was over, we were given a 15% discount on all merchandise in the shop so we set off (still in our aprons) to find a lovely keepsake for our flat. We settled on a terracotta pizza plate which we will soon use in one of our epic pizza baking competitions. (In case you’re wondering, I’m the champion pizza maker).

So, there you have it. A cooking course, some wine, and a pizza plate made for the perfect Valentine’s Day in the greatest city on earth. If you’d like to experience Jamie Oliver’s Recipease for yourself, check out the website at

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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Lynsey Free


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