• What better way to start our Food Talks - An Evening with... than with Russell Norman. A leading London restaurateur for the last 20 years he has worked in many of London's landmark restaurants as a waiter, bartender, maître d', general manager and operations director.  He is also an author and contributing editor for Esquire magazine and writes a monthly column as 'The Accidental Cook'. We have planned an evening of fabulous food, wine and chat - food cooked by Russell with a helping hand from Ursula who will also be interviewing Russell - you too will have the chance to ask away.  All the dishes that Russell will prepare have stories behind each connecting them back to Venice.

    Close your eyes and be transported (we all need that right now!)  to the backstreets of Venice - your evening meal will consist of the following dishes along with several ombra glasses of Bisol Prosecco per person (you will be able to purchase extra on the night should you wish!)

    Grilled fennel & white anchovy skewers
    Bigoli in salsa
    Fig, prosciutto & mint crostini
    Broad bean & ricotta bruschetta
    Please note that we are not able to cater for any special dietary requirements on this event. A HUGE thank you to Ben & Ben at Arbequina for letting us use your wonderful space and to Bisol for providing us with the finest Prosecco to go with your meal! This is a first for Oxford and I hope not the last! See you all in September - we can't wait! x (Unfortunately we can't accept our gift vouchers against this event, thank you.)
  • In Italy hardly a meal is served without pasta, it is the most important part of the multi course meal.   This class is perfect for all levels,  as with over 20 years experience of teaching, you are in the most experienced hands with Ursula! In this beginners class you will make pasta from scratch and then learn how to make your own pasta shapes including lasagna sheets, tagliatelle and ravioli.   You will learn how to make two types of pasta in this class the traditional egg pasta but also the water based semolina style pasta - each shape differs with its preference to a specific type of pasta!! Ursula Ferrigno is a talented cook with a deep love of Southern Italian food. Half Italian and a noted teacher Ursula specialises in demonstrating the making of Italian breads, Italian soups, risottos, vegetables, fruit dishes and every kind of pasta dish. She has cooked on many TV programmes and is a prolific author.    These classes are selling out fast these days so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • There are few more satisfying dishes for the autumn time than risotto and gnocchi. Nothing like the supermarket versions that you might have tasted. Let Ursula guide you effortlessly to make the lightest gnocchi and the most unctuous risotto. Once you have mastered the basic principles then you are free to experiment with all the different flavours available to you. Using delicious seasonal ingredients available to us in November we will be making the following dishes. Not only the traditional gnocchi but also two versions you might not have tried before:
    • The lightest fried gnocchi - gnocco fritto (served with salami or Parmesan - delicious!)
    • Ricotta gnocchi - tondore - not a potato in sight!!
    • Spinach and ricotta gnocchi
    • Arancini di riso (the perfect way to use up left over rice and next day!)
    • Porcini risotto
    • Savoy cabbage and pancetta risotto
    Coating those gorgeous gnocchi will be a simple sage and butter sauce or an Italian sausage and fennel sauce... even sitting here in the heat of summer I am feeling hungry thinking about this menu!   Book fast to avoid disappointment....
  • In Italy hardly a meal is served without pasta, it is the most important part of the multi course meal.   This class is perfect for all levels,  as with over 20 years experience of teaching, you are in the most experienced hands with Ursula!  This class is an absolute MUST!! If you have made pasta from scratch before and want to improve your pasta making techniques this is the class for you!  We will be making pasta from scratch but concentrating more the myriad of shapes (about 350!!) including garganelli, trofie, gnocchi Sarde, orrechiette, cavatappi, fusilli and trofie.  Not only that also learn how to create coloured pasta with  spinach, beetroot or maybe even saffron. You will learn how to make two types of pasta in this class the traditional egg pasta but also the water based semolina style pasta - each shape differs with its preference to a specific type of pasta!! Ursula Ferrigno is a talented cook with a deep love of Southern Italian food. Half Italian and a noted teacher Ursula specialises in demonstrating the making of Italian breads, Italian soups, risottos, vegetables, fruit dishes and every kind of pasta dish. She has cooked on many TV programmes and is a prolific author.    These classes are selling out fast these days so book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Hands on class filled with hints, tricks and tips -  Learn about spices and how to make, use and store them properly to maximise flavour with minimal fuss.
    Mouth watering aromas will fill the room and we hope your minds, palates and bellies will be full to bursting after this cooking extravaganza.  Dishes covered:
    • (The best EVER!!) Bhajis and Raita
    • Homemade Apple and Mango chutney
    • Naan bread
    • Murgh makhani
    • Pilaf rice fit for a King (and Queen)
    • Pistachio and Saffron Shirkhand
    Whilst you do not make every dish individually we talk through the recipes step by step and then allocate dishes to each group.   We stop regularly and show techniques when they arise to the whole group so you never miss a thing.  
  • Ursula Ferrigno is a talented cook with a deep love of Southern Italian food. Half Italian and a noted teacher Ursula specialises in demonstrating the making of Italian breads, Italian soups, risottos, vegetables, fruit dishes and every kind of pasta dish. She has cooked on many TV programmes and is a prolific author. She is also listed by the Guardian as one of their 10 top chefs to learn to cook with - and after a class with Ursula you will know why. During this fun filled class you will learn how to make the following dishes - so come hungry!!
    • Torta al testo – Umbrian flatbreads
    • Gulingiones di patate – traditional Sardinian potato ravioli with ricotta & mint
    • Insalata di cavolfiori - Pickled cauliflower salad
    • Ceci fritti con salvia e oregano e gustoso olive nero – Fried chickpeas with herbs and very tasty olive relish!
    • Torta di mele d’Maria – Apple Cake
    As soon as we put these classes up they sell out - so get booking to avoid disappointment!!!