At the Vegetarian Society Cookery School we love everything veggie – there are so many ways to make the humble vegetable taste delicious – from the modern to the traditional the variety of flavours from around the world can make any vegetable dish delicious enough to stun anyone into a happy silence.
That’s why we have a wealth of different classes celebrating the various cuisines throughout the world, and we thought it was about time we told you some more about them.
Curry favour with curry flavour
It would be strange to start off a topic like this without delving deep into the delicious delights of Indian cultures and appreciation of spices that make Indian vegetarian food one of the nation’s favourites. We have two different classes, so you are sure to get a ‘dosa’ what you’re looking for. All of our Indian courses are run by the charismatic Nina and Sumita, who have an incredible amount of experience, recipes and TV appearances behind them.
For those who want to try a bit of everything and learn how to make the most amazing sauces and spice blends, as well as all of the delights and delicacies of your local takeaway, our ever-popular The Indian Guru is calling your name.
When you want an even more eclectic experience, you can find out how to relate to recipes from various regions in The Regional Indian Veggie. This course can help you to get to grips with the sheer variety that comes from such a huge country. By the end of this class you’ll know your dosa from your dhokla and your pav from your pakora.
Sticking with the spices
If you want to explore beyond India but still learn how to celebrate veggie food with a fragrant array of spices and herbs beyond India, our The East Asian Veggie experience can lead you down the right path. With the chance to master a little bit of every region, from China to Japan to Korea, all the way down to South East Asia through Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, you can tantalise your taste buds with so many new flavours it could take forever to try them all.
Hopping across continents, if you’ve been seeking ways to elicit the beautiful collisions of culinary flavours of North Africa, The North African Veggie is just the thing for that. With storied spice blends such as harissa and ras el hanout, alongside a love of tagines and beans, there is something for everyone with dishes from Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt to excite the senses and stimulate our dinnertimes.
Travel across the Americas
Moving onto the Americas, our The Mexican Veggie is a popular workshop where you can discover how to craft the perfect veggie burrito, gourmet guacamole, and find out just how many amazingly tasty things you can do with a tortilla.
Heading north, come on The American Veggie and be enlightened by the wonderful array of vegetarian dishes steeped in a rich American history (as well as some rich American sauces), and several decadent desserts. This isn’t fast-food; it’s all about dishes that get the whole family round the table.
The Caribbean Veggie gets you started with a whole heap of beautiful spice blends, and then shows you what to do with them. From plantains to patties, and everything in between, with a chance to use breadfruit, callaloo, papaya and other native ingredients, you can bring some sunshine to everything you create.
Well-seasoned and European
Completing our final chapter of our culinary world tour is an area a bit closer to home. The French Veggie experience celebrates simple dishes that are turned into something exquisite. From a real French onion soup to making a proper Hollandaise sauce, to gratins and just about everything Patisserie-perfect when it comes to pastry, this short hop across the channel can inject your kitchen with some wonderful flair.
Moving a little south and we come to The Spanish Veggie. Famed for Tapas and the kind of sharing food you’d just as happily scoff all to yourself, this workshop will leave you desperate to make those moreish crispy croquettes, alongside the kind of tortilla you’d welcome in any restaurant.
Last but far from least is one of the cuisines that may well have influenced Britain most. The Italian Veggie demonstrates the sheer wealth of options when it comes to delivering amazing vegetarian Italian food. From mastering homemade pizza, pasta and gnocchi alongside an incredible tomato ragu, to learning more of the amazingly simple, yet delicious recipes that are available to vegetarians, this one is as good as it sounds.
So there we have it – plenty for you to tuck in and get stuck into!