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 email@example.com. 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!
SUMMER & autumn classes
ADOLESCENT COOKING CLASS – BOOK NOW
Saturday 9th February Start time 2 pm (Duration 3 hours) Ages 12 and up
Skills acquired: Use a mortar and pestle to create a marinade, learn to twice cook pork to create layers of flavour that are restaurant quality, steam with a bamboo steamer over a wok of boiling water and make an Asian dipping sauce for a delicious spring onion pancake.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS – ONE POT TWO MEALS BOOK NOW
Sunday 17th February Start time 10.30 (Duration 3 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn how to poach a whole chicken so it is succulent and then use the stock to create a nourishing chicken and rice congee-style soup. Learn the art of toasting rice and familiarise yourself with a new range of fresh Vietnamese herbs to create Vietnam’s most famous chicken salad.
SUMMERTIME ASIAN SALAD – BOOK NOW
Sunday 3rd March Start time 10 am (Duration 4 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn to hang and cook crispy-skin duck Vietnamese-style, familiarise yourself with exotic Vietnamese herbs and smoke fish using just a wok and bamboo steamer. Take your salad making to a whole new level of sophistication this summer!
SUMMERTIME ASIAN SEAFOOD – BOOK NOW
Sunday 17th March Start time 10.30 (Duration 4 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn how to shuck mussels to obtain meat from the shell and create a crispy mung bean batter. Make your own red curry paste in a traditional mortar and pestle and learn how to create a healthy steamed fish curry using banana leaves and a bamboo steamer.
VEGAN ASIAN MADE SIMPLE – BOOK NOW
Sunday 31st March Start time 10:30 am (Duration 4 hours)
Skills acquired: Learn to adapt Vietnamese and Thai recipes and replace the flavours of fish sauce and shrimp paste with great-tasting substitutes for vegans.