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Allegra’s clickalong cooking: next Wednesday


Online cooking workshops with Allegra McEvedy, via the Guardian website – I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, but I always seem to miss the posts. This time, I’m ready! As described by the Guardian:

Clickalong is a unique online cooking experience allowing the nation to cook alongside our resident chef in real time. It’s easy – Allegra devises a new, never-before published recipe, you gather the ingredients together and set up your computer in view (or shouting distance) of your kitchen worktop.

Then follow the live, illustrated step-by-step guide and clickalong until culinary success is achieved. Allegra is right there alongside you to answer any questions as the pace quickens.

Then we eat!

This time around, it’s a meze feast, which looks fiddly but fun.

200g lamb mince
4 fresh sardines
2 bulbs garlic
1 onion
2 heads baby gem lettuce
1 bunch radishes
2 shallots
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
1 ear sweetcorn
2 carrots
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
1 bunch dill
1 cucumber
200g baby spinach
1 chilli, any colour
3 lemons
A small pot Greek yoghurt
1 tin white beans (haricot, cannellini, butter – doesn’t matter)
200ml white wine vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
Cloves (optional)
Cumin, seed or ground
Cinnamon (stick or ground)
A handful of dried apricots
A small handful of pine nuts or almonds
Small bottle extra virgin olive oil
1 pack pitta or flatbread
1 pack filo pastry, defrosted

That’s a lotta ingredients, but in some ways it’s almost too easy, as it’s mostly the stuff that we eat most often (and actually, this stupidly put us off going to Leon, McEvedy’s lovely healthy fast-food restaurant chain, for ages – why go out for food that is exactly what you have at home? Because it’s much nicer than lots of other things, that’s why).

Regardless, it should be good fun and I’ve got the ingredients list in plenty of time, so I’ll be there (and here) next Wednesday.

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