OUR COOKING SCHOOL is now OPen!
Under the Pickle Tree’s Cooking School offers intimate classes for up to eight people to learn Vietnamese, Thai and modern Asian cuisine. Located in a beautiful bushland setting in Panton Hill. In the custom-built cooking school Kelly Meredith shares her passion for simple, healthy South-East Asian cuisine.
Kelly has lived in Thailand and Vietnam and has a successful food label - Under the Pickle Tree. The classes will focus on giving people the skills to create authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes at home. There is no fancy equipment – just simple techniques for braising, stir-frying, char-grilling and frying that are easily replicated in a home kitchen.
A focus of the classes is on Asian salads and healthy dishes so, unlike other cooking schools, the classes omit dessert in favour of extra main courses.
Each class has a specific focus and we use only the freshest seasonal ingredients from Springvale fresh food markets. For this reason, the menu provided may not always exactly match that offered on the day.
In the spirit of how people live in Asia – cooking classes involve both individual cooking, working in pairs and working collectively to create a shared meal to remember. Classes run for about 4–4.5 hours and cost $160 a person. Shorter Double Happiness Classes consisting of two dishes cost $120.
Every class ends with a feast, a Vietnamese coffee for a starter and your choice of a Thai beer or local red or white wine. Adolescent classes include non-alcoholic spritzer.
Private classes (with a customisable menu) are available on a day of your choice. Minimum group size is 5 people. Corporate team building classes are also available. For further details contact Kelly on 0418 534 511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On Extreme and Code Red Fire Danger Days classes will be rescheduled or a full refund offered.
To book one of our scheduled classes please use the link below. Gift vouchers are also available - simply click the Book Now button and click on the gift voucher icon. No classes will run in January as Kelly will be on a foodie adventure in Japan garnering new recipes!
autumn & WINTER classes
ASIAN PARTY FOOD – BOOK NOW
Saturday 4th May Start time 10:00 am (Duration 4 hours)
Skills acquired: Get your party started with some modern and traditional Thai and Vietnamese finger food. Make your own curry paste from scratch in a mortar and pestle, learn the art of char-grilling and go home with your own sweet chilli sauce packed full of flavour!
THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES FOR THE REMAINDER OF MAY DUE TO FAMILY COMMITMENTS. THE FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE I WILL BE RUNNING A VEGAN ASIAN COOKING CLASS AT ROSE ST PANTRY IN FITZROY TOGETHER WITH OWNER MEREDITH STEPHENS. CONTACT MEREDITH ON 0419 312698 TO BOOK
THE ART OF THE BRAISE – BOOK NOW
Sunday 30th June Start time 10:30 am (Duration 4.5 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn to make your own nourishing Asian chicken stock and then turn that into a Vietnamese/Chinese master stock that you can keep and re-use for months. Use that master stock to braise some beef brisket and learn the art of the Asian slow cook to create a meal from the simplest ingredients.
FOR THE LOVE OF PHO – BOOK NOW
Saturday 20th July Start time 10 am (Duration 4.5 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn to make a Vietnam’s famous beef noodle soup from scratch - there are many complex steps to a good pho and the secret is in the broth. This is a communal class where everyone will work together to create a shared meal.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS CLASS – BOOK NOW
Saturday 18th August Start time 10:30 am (Duration 4 hours)
Skills acquired: Italy has its sugo passata and Vietnam also has its own tomato sauce - use this garlicy tomato sauce to create two standout dishes - a slow cooked French influenced Vietnamese cinnamon beef ragout and pan-fried fish cutlets with a tomato and pepper sauce.