Basco’s founder Javier De La Hormaza has the pleasure of being a course tutor at Hartingtons of Bakewell, delivering during this year an authentic tapas cookery course. Based in the fabulous scenery of the Peak district and located in a converted mill, Hartingtons is a school of food and drink that aims to promote the “fun, creativity and the theatre of food”.
The course which runs for a full day and can cater for up to 12 attendees, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the techniques used in Spanish cooking, taste the dishes as prepared by an experienced Spanish chef, and then try their hand and preparing their own.
The dishes were selected to give a tantalising cross section of Spanish regional cuisine: a mixture of hot and cold, meat and vegetable based, sweet and savoury.
After a demonstration by Javier which showed the techniques behind preparing, cooking and plating the dishes, the dishes were then tasted by the course attendees so they could experience the intense and beautifully balanced flavours of Spanish cooking. The menu, which was described by an attendee as “the perfect balance between simplicity and impressive-ness”, was as follows:
Watermelon Gazpacho: a fruity twist on the classic cold Spanish soup
Authentic Spanish Omelette: possibly the most popular tapas dish ever
Garrotxa goats cheese, pickled shallots, pine nuts and beetroot salad: a combination of subtle but distinctive flavours using one of our best-selling cheeses
Clams with sherry and Iberico ham: a quick but tasty tapas dish, showing students how to cook with sherry
Hake Basque Style: the sauce on this dish is one of the foundations of Basque gastronomy
Spicy chorizo cooked in red wine and honey: the rich and syrupy sauce really sets this chorizo aflame
Secreto Iberico with quince, rocket and manchego cheese: a quick and easy, but tasty and impressive tapas dish combining Spanish Iberian pork meat, cheese and quince paste
Tarta de Santiago with orange clotted cream: the definitive Spanish dessert
Of the course, Javier says, “It is a real privilege to run this course at Hartingtons and to have the opportunity to show people why we’re so passionate about gourmet Spanish cooking. Chatting to the people on the course was a pleasure too, especially those who weren’t familiar with Spanish food.”
Chris, one of the founders of Hartingtons, told us that “one attendee had lived in Spain for many years but had never tried gazpacho soup before” – this opportunity to challenge people’s perception and expand their palate is what we strive for at Basco.
Feedback from the attendees and from Hartingtons was positive:
“Javier is an excellent teacher, very informative about the dishes and ingredients we used, as well as being very passionate about his regional food.”
“It was fantastic, we really enjoyed it”
“The dishes are impressive but easy to recreate at home – and we have been!”
“The food was great – it was a like having a gourmet takeaway to take home and show off to your family”
If you’d like to learn how to cook these fantastic dishes, keep an eye on Hartingtons’ cookery courses page. We already have one date booked in the diary for October 2017 but hurry up as this course tends to sell out very quickly! You can also browse the recipes in the Spanish Recipes section of our blog and of course, all of the specialist Spanish ingredients you need, can be bought from Basco too!