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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Wahaca Mexican Masterclass

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Last week I was invited to a rather special Mexican cookery workshop, run by Tommi Miers and held at her Wahaca restaurant in Westfield Stratford City. We watched as Tommi effortlessly demonstrated three recipes from her new book, Mexican Food at Home, (whilst relating tales of her life in Mexico) all in less than 30 minutes while being filmed for the Westfield food website!

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Tommi demonstrating the recipes

Then it was our turn. Pairing up with other food bloggers (my partner being the lovely Sumayya of Pukka Paki) we made the same three dishes - also in under 30 minutes - but I must mention that no actual 'cooking' was involved! It just goes to show that simple fresh ingredients, when put together with herbs and spices can make fabulously easy dishes, perfect for family meals or entertaining.

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Finishing the sea bass ceviche

The first dish was a simple summery guacamole, similar to my own recipe and a staple on the Mexican table. This was followed by a stunning sea bass ceviche, fish 'cooked' in a citrus juice base, not something I would have normally dare to make, but will definitely give it a go after trying this recipe. Finally, a colourful cucumber, chilli, beetroot & ricotta salad - I'm not really a fan of beetroot but this beetroot was marinated in some amazing hibiscus syrup, which was so good I could have slurped down a good few tablespoons of the stuff. The ricotta was cool and slightly minty, which married perfectly with the marinated beetroot and crunchy cucumber.

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Our finished dishes

After we had made our dishes, we were treated to a Mexican feast of some of the summer dishes on the Wahaca menu, together with divine margaritas made with tamarind.

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 Dishes from the summer menu, including seasonal new potato taquitos and crispy fried chunks of sweet potato

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 If you can't get to a Wahaca to try some Mexican food, you can always make your own! The recipes for the three dishes we made and the tamarind margarita can be found in the new Wahaca Mexican Food at Home book, which is on sale from the 21st June 2012. We were kindly given advance copies of the book to take home with us - it's packed with interesting, authentic recipes.

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And if that's not enough, there are 3 different spicy Wahaca sauces to try, created by Tommi to spice up your Mexican home cooking and are available in Sainsbury's and Asda. I tried the fiery habanero chile sauce and it is hot... Hot... HOT! (We just need to get them to sell some of that wonderful hibiscus syrup now!)

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When you go to Wahaca, you can pick up a seriously cool packet of seeds to grow your own serrano chillies!

Here's a litlle video of the night, which is credited to Westfield Stratford City Restaurants

Click here to see more food news & videos from the Stratford restaurants - including the Wahaca workshop video! 

Many thanks to Thomasina Miers, Wahaca and to Megan Hart for the invitation to attend, it was a brilliant evening!

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Jan Bennett said...

Oooh wow - Lucky you Nic! Looks like a fantastic day. LOVE Tommi's Mexican food prog on TV....will have to be getting the book!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

What a great experience and it looks like a great restaurant. I enjoyed her series on tv, so I will be looking for the book.

Caroline said...

Sounds like a great day out. I've never had Mexican food (I'm very behind the times!) but everyone seems to rave about Wahaca - perhaps I should give it a go!

Anne said...

Am very green with envy - looks like such a great day! The food looks fab too, am very keen on the sound of the beetroot and ricotta recipe! x

Katie said...

Looks like a wonderful event. I've eaten at Wahaca once before with my sister as they are one of the few places that do the authentic, naturally gluten free corn tortillas. You can't beat fresh flavours. Will have to keep an eye out for those sauces

Jacqueline@HowtobeaGourmand said...

Oh, how I wish I could have accepted that invitation! Looks like you had such a fab time! The dishes looks deliciously fresh and light and I love the nice touch about customers being able to grow their own chillis. Makes it a very unique customer experience :-)

Rosana said...

I love your pictures! What a delicious and fun eve. Rx

Anonymous said...

I agree, they definitely need to sell the hibiscus syrup! That really made all the difference on the beetroot!

Unknown said...

That looks like such a fun cooking class. Mexican food is so delicious and that is pretty amazing that everything was made fresh with no cooking. My inlaws have been to Wahaca and had a lovely time. We're so close to Mexico and we really should take advantage of getting there!

Nora said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I love Wahaca and the first cookbooks, and I've got my eye on that second cookbook. I do like the sound of a tamarind margarita!

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

This sounds and looks like so much fun! I am so in love with Mexican food, it all looks beautiful!

chow and chatter said...

looks like a fun event would love to learn more Mexican food