In 2003, I opened a boutique on Earlham Street, on Deven Dials just off Shaftesbury Avenue and I was there for five years. I sold interiors stuff as well as fashion things and became a designer in the process. Then moved onto Newburgh St & Kingly Court by Carnaby St but then decided to close. Retail is a hard cookie to crack.
Leluu in Earlham Street
When I was invited to Recipease – a kitchen boutique with a cookery school and cafe by Jamie Oliver, I was delighted to attend. (As you well know by now – I am Jamie’s biggest fan!) The shop was amazing, a place where you would definitely hope to meet the love of your life whilst browsing the kitchen utensils section. It would just be the kind of shop I would love to have if I had thought of it and actually, if I had the cash.
There are Jamie books and things everywhere. The man is a real entrepreneur with an actual empire. I love it! Jamie has set up this place to get people cooking. Its a place where you can come as a complete novice or a kitchen pro to learn and pick up tips as well as gadgets.
One Million Gold Stars and I opted for the knife skills class with Annegrete. I am known to chop like an idiot sometimes despite me holding supper clubs and cookery classes, I am not so hot on knife skills, so here, I learnt the basics of how to handle a knife, chop, slice, sharpen. And voila, I feel like a chef now! And actually, its really made me want to learn more chef skills. Maybe I should enroll to Fifteen!
Annegrete was an amazing and engaging teacher. Enthusiastic and high spirited, you just wanted to watch her as she chops, its completely mesmerising!
We made a prawn salad, a great excuse to chop up all those vegetables. The most useful tip I learned was how to peel a piece of ginger: with a spoon, you can easily scrap off the skin – no more waste, no more pain, just lots of gain! whoot!
Annegrete made sure that when we were cutting spring onions and thinly sliced cabbage leaf that they were not stuck together like a christmas decoration. She attended to each one of us, making sure that we got it right. What a great teacher.
I loved the space of the shop and the cooking area. It was very easy, they had everything prepped and ready for us to go and cleared everything as we finished.
Then we ate together on a table, with Jamie on the TV, like the king of the shop watching over us.
I would really recommend classes such as these to brush up on basic and important kitchen skills as well as to learn some wonderful recipes.
You can book on Jamie Oliver’s site here. Wouldn’t it be great if I can hold my Vietnamese cookery classes in a proper school type kitchen like this. I’m off to dream of my new Leluu Boutique like Jamie’s Recipease, but in Hackney, its closer to home.
I bought a chicken pie for dinner that day, made by the Recipease kitchen. It was very nice! Wish there is one closer to home.