When you hear words like Free From, Gluten Free, Nut Free , Dairy Free, yet offering delicious tasting food for all to enjoy , I really grew a bit curious !! How could one enjoy a range of tasty food,regardless of allergies,intolerances and dietary restraints ? Well the answer is COORI .
Coori believes that free from food doesn’t have to mean taste free food. They exist to provide their customers with the best possible products,help on how to prepare and cook them to perfection and to be available to advise them and to help them enjoy their free from life, whatever their reason. Don’t forget to check out their wide range of Free from products !!I could definitely not deny, when I received an email to attend a Cook Up event with COORI. I had no clue what to expect in there. There was a small bunch of people having a little chit chat and enjoying the delicacies , mostly Vegan and #FreeFrom. As I entered into Foodat52 Cookery School, the ambience was absolutely contemporary, welcoming and a feeling there is more to this. Hannah and her colleagues welcomed me warmly with a drink and giving me an intro to different cooked up dishes .
We were then given a brief about the cook up demonstration and hands on we were going to experience. I had never been to a cooking school , nor undergone any formal training..So this was really exciting !! As we walked down the stairs, there was huge table , spaced out cooking stations with neatly arranged ingredients just what was needed to cook. But what were we cooking ?? Totally clueless ! I had missed the first 5 minutes of briefing as I was busy shooting the contemporary lounge at Foodat52.
Julia and Claudia stood amidst all of us, giving us clear step by step instructions and showed us how to make a Pasta Dough , absolutely gluten free, wheat free , dairy free and nut free. The Pasta mix essentially,is a combination of Rice Flour, Corn Flour and Potato starch. To it we added a pinch of salt , about 125% of water and began kneading. All the muscle power went into kneading and stretching the dough. A good quantity of Olive oil and more kneading , until we obtain a good dough. Neither too hard , nor too soft . Wrapped them all in cling film and set it aside to rest for a couple of minutes.
Julia then showed us how to roll the dough thin, make circular shapes , fill in with some dairy or non dairy filling and make some Raviolis. Just as novice students will follow their teachers, I tried following to T and made my ravioli’s. Over a pot of boiling water, we dropped our filled ravioli’s allowing it to cook for 8-10 minutes approximately. Drain them and serve the Free from Ravioli’s on a bed of Arabiata Sauce or Pesto Sauce. Claudia made me a butter with a sage dressing and we gently coated my first hand made ravioli’s in them.
What a delight !! Absolute heaven ! Can’t thank the family of Coori for considering me for the event. I have so much to take back from the evening. Also that Food can be tasty , even though its Free from. All that we need to do is to make careful choices in our ingredients. This was not all ! We were sent back home with a careful selection of Pasta Mix, Gnocchi, Fusilli Pasta, Biscotti and many more.. It was a lovely goodie bag and I am looking forward to cooking up from a Free From selection.
With Many Thanks to the team of Coori and Aduro Communications for putting up an excellent event and bringing awareness about food that can be enjoyed,though its Free From. No more compromises!