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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Super Sobrasada and 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)
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.