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Rachel McCormack is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living and working in Spain, mostly Barcelona. She now shares her knowledge and love for Catalan cuisine in London by offering cooking classes and pop up meals and events in various locations around London.
She has been featured in the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, Food and Travel Magazine and The Daily Telegraph.
She is a panelist on Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet


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The next Catalan Cooking Casa de Pages meal is Sat June 18th with a menu based on some of Santi Santamaria’s cooking as well as a couple of other recipes. No doubt the menu will be added to when... Read more

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Enjoy a hearty buffet-style Catalan feast cooked in the Case de Pages (Home of a Peasant) style with many dishes not otherwise available in London restaurants.

Dinner costs 35, wine is 10 extra.... Read more

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On Wednesday 14th September I’ll be doing a Catalan Cooking demonstration at Barcelona Tapas, Middlesex Street Rather than getting your hands dirty you just come and enjoy the food, a glass of cava... Read more

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Catalans love wild mushrooms. When they get off the beach at the end of August they go rushing in their cars to hills and mountains to seek them out. Rural... Read more

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Oct 25: Autumn Veg and Fish

We shall get stuck into autumnal lentils, autumn fish, seasonal vegetable fideos and two types of crema catalana.

We shall make:... Read more

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For this class we will be celebrating all things Catalan and Christmas.

It is very common in Catalonia, and all over the rest of Spain to have fish and shell fish at Christmas so we will be making a... Read more

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Allioli and Romesco are most commonly used in the UK with the barbecue in the summer but for Catalans they are the base for a wide variety of dishes, especially in winter. In this class you will... Read more

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Spain is full of hunters. They are generally not the betweeded upper middle class men but inhabitants of villages, following the tradition of the ordinary man hunting to supplement the family... Read more

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Join Catalan Cooking for a day of DeRaza Iberico Pig. The black iberico pig is the reason that Spain makes the best ham in the world and is quite simply the best pork possible to eat.

Until recently... Read more

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The Spanish region of Catalonia is fiercely protective of its identity and Catalan food is a source of great cultural pride.

Join Rachel McCormack as she shares... Read more

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The calçotada season is here and following the success of last year's calçotada we are having some more

The Menu:
Fuet, olives, bread with tomato, cheese
Calçots with romesco... Read more

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Squid is one of the most sustainable seafood around and woefully neglected by domestic cooks. We seem to think we have to go to a fancy restaurant to eat it as it is too complicated for home.

This... Read more

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The May class at Catalan cooking will be a post pig day celebration of iberico pork, seasonal asparagus, and a traditional recipe from Tossa de Mar which I learned from a 75 year old lady doing the... Read more

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The biggest PR cliche for any press release is that Spring had sprung so let's just say it will be bouncing around, sprouting out the ground, raining on us (hopefully before there’s a drought in SE... Read more

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Some very dear friends of mine from Barcelona came to visit recently. We saw a paella being made out in the open and they were utterly appalled. After declaring it a crime against paella, rice,... Read more

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This August we will take a step outside Catalonia and make pudin de centollo - spider crab pate - a dish from the Atlantic coast region of Cantabria. We'll also make peaches stuffed with pork, ... Read more

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Hopefully we'll be in the middle of an Indian summer in September so a very popular dish in Catalan restaurants - tuna tartar (tartar de toninya) will be an ideal start to make for warm September... Read more

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As part of the week long Mallorcan food festival, Catalan Cooking is teaching a special Mallorcan food class.
While Mallorca is a well known holiday destination for British people, it's food isn't,... Read more

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Reviews

Catalan Cooking | London Unattached - London Restaurants, London Lifestyle, London Events

04 May 12 by London Unattached - London Restaurants, London Lifestyle, London Events

Catalan Cooking's Casa de Pages Pop Up

27 Aug 11 by Going With My Gut

Super Sobrasada and Squid...

Rating: 9

RenaissanceGirl attended Sustainable Squid in March 2012, reviewed on 15 March 2012

The Hubby and I are actually pretty accomplished cooks, and over the years we've taken a number of classes, but we never really cook Spanish. More confident with preparing sashimi than Spanish seems to be rather ridiculous, and as I've been talking to Rachel on twitter for well over a year now, I was determined to finally get along to one of her Catalan masterclasses. There were things I learnt here that I never knew :0)

We made:

Fideua, an utterly alien Valencian pasta dish in which you're looking to crisp the pasta, until it curls - delicious

Squid doughnuts, yes, really, which we then flavoured with mushroom powder, fennel seeds, cumin and curry, or squid ink... And they really do taste like doughnuts :0)

Squid stuffed with sobrasada, which is made in Majorca, and is a little like chorizo, but has a more pate like texture. This was very good in the squid, adding heat and spice (we also had it uncooked, when it was more delicate)

Squid stuffed with onions, which was utterly delicious too, and much nicer than it sounds!

We also made sofregit de calamar, which is like a very reduced ragu, intensified with squid, very rich, deep and full of umami flavours.

Rachel is an excellent host, we also had some very good bread, olives, sea urchin pate, the sobrasada, all washed down with delicious sherry. I will definitely be cooking with Rachel again :0) Now if only I could get to one of her pig days, which alas are always on Sundays! I'm utterly dying to get to one of them!

I finally feel as though I have a little more grasp of the style of Catalan cooking, and Rachel makes an admirable guide.