Once Off Cooking Classes

DURATION: 3 Hours, Once Off

COME AND HAVE SOME FUN WHILST LEARNING A NEW SKILL!

Our Gecko kitchen is certainly the place to come to if you’re wanting to learn more about cooking!

Easy “How To” classes will arm you with specific new skills and our Speciality Classes are all about offering you something personal.
Our Fun Event Classes are completely interactive, so bring along your friends for something different to do.
If you love to bake, our Baking & More classes will have you baking to perfection in no time at all.
Learn about different flavours from all Around The World with our easy take on cooking, using fresh everyday local ingredients.

Book any of our classes as your very own Private Event!

Everyone is welcome and we do our best to be sensitive to cultural and dietary preferences.

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What classes do we offer?

"How To"

Once Off "How To" Classes

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

BREAD MAKING
Nothing smells as wonderful as the dough you have lovingly prepared, baking in your oven!
Once you learn a few basic techniques, making your own bread is actually quite easy. Nothing compares with tearing into a crusty, freshly-baked loaf! Homemade bread is way tastier than store-bought bread, has zero preservatives, is inexpensive to make, and … we show you our quick and easy methods to speed up the whole process. Learn the correct way to knead dough and make your own free-form Loaves and Rolls to take home… so bring plastic containers!

PIZZA AND PASTA MAKING
Freshly made pasta is completely different to anything store bought so we teach you how ... with or without a pasta machine. ! 

Master the art of making fresh pasta which is actually quicker than you think. Join us for a completely interactive lesson to make many different varieties and of course, fragrant Italian sauces too.
Don’t forget…. we always make dessert!

DIM SUM AND WONTONS
Dim Sum, is a charming custom originating in Chinese tea houses and literally means “to touch your heart”.

We show you easy ways to make so many varieties. Thai and Vietnamese inspired recipes with loads of different fillings. How to make and prepare dough and pastry for Potstickers, Dumplings and Wontons as well as the different cooking methods: Boiling, Steaming and Deep Frying!

Speciality Classes

Speciality Classes

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

BOWL FOOD
The perfect choice for informal dinners and easy, relaxed entertaining.

An increasingly popular option to entertain, bowl food enables guests to mingle and socialise whilst offering a satisfying meal at the same time. Combine unique flavours to create satisfying meals in a bowl with minimal effort. The secret to impressive bowl food lies in the presentation! Slow simmer a fiery curry or rustic stew, put together a luscious pasta dish, toss fresh ingredients in a wok or simply construct an easy dessert in a glass! Bowl Food dishes can be sweet or savoury.

CHOCOLATE OVERLOAD
Absolutely everything CHOCOLATE! You get a chocolate mould and brush to keep.

You make an assortment of heavenly milk and white chocolates with delicious fillings such as lemon curd, Kirsche cherry, salted caramel, creamy mint and hazelnut praline as well as truffles! Must bring containers to take home your goodies.
Please note: We use essence for flavouring NOT alcohol. You may purchase essences at the class.

EASY ENTERTAINING
Cook ahead and have more time to schmooze!

Entertaining friends and family doesn’t have to leave you stuck in the kitchen slaving away. These classes will arm you with a collection of easy and delicious entertaining recipes that will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time.

EDIBLE GIFTS
The best kind of gift is one that someone makes with love…and those you can EAT!

Come and learn all the classics with and some with a twist. This class is completely hands-on with everything made from scratch.  You will make variations of sweets, festive biscuits, marmalade and chocolates. Please bring your own plastic containers … there will be loads to take home!

VEGGIE FANATICS
No more BORING Veggies!

Vegetables are often endured rather than enjoyed. If you can enjoy eating vegetables rather than tolerating them as a necessary evil, you are on a winning streak!  Vegetables are the essence of freshness and are usually packed with complex natural sugars. Isn’t that just yummy?

Vegan and Vegetarian Cooking at its finest….healthy and absolutely delicious! Great meals for the whole family!

 

Baking & More

Baking & More

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

EXTREME CUPCAKES
Everyone who knows our classes agree - we make the BEST cupcakes ever!
Chef, Jesse masterminds new and different flavours just for you!

Look at all the variations we have done …Green GECKO; Crystallised Banana and Turkish Delight; Roasted Blueberry and Pink Peppercorn; Tiramisu; Ferrero Rocher, Irish Cream Liqueur Red Velvet; Rainbow Swirl Candyfloss; Orange Caramel “Crepe Suzette”; Tropical Coconut Daiquiri; White Chocolate Hidden Strawberry Cheesecake Centre; Beetroot and Brandy with Balsamic Buttercream ... and so many many more…

CLASSIC and MODERN PASTRIES
Cinnamon, vanilla, apple and freshly baked pie – your home too can smell like a French coffee shop!

Our chef, Jesse loves to bake and his pastries are to die for!
Come and learn all the classics with and some with a twist. This class is completely hands-on with everything made from scratch.
How to make Pate Brisee and Sugar Pastry as well as how to use and work with Phyllo and Puff Pastry!

BREAD MAKING
Nothing smells as wonderful as the dough you have lovingly prepared, baking in your oven!

Once you learn a few basic techniques, making your own bread is actually quite easy. Nothing compares with tearing into a crusty, freshly-baked loaf! Homemade bread is way tastier than store-bought bread, has zero preservatives, is inexpensive to make, and … we show you our quick and easy methods to speed up the whole process. Learn the correct way to knead dough and make your own free-form Loaves and Rolls to take home… so bring plastic containers!

Fun Cooking Events

Fun Event Classes

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

VALENTINE’S COUPLES COOKING EVENT
Cooking is sexy!

Do something completely different on Valentines night and cook in our kitchen with your partner and friends or anyone you want to bring along!
Partly hands on and partly demonstration gets you up close and personal with your loved one. This event is about mingling with others and fun and laughter is guaranteed whilst learning a few new tricks in the kitchen too!

COCKTAILS AND COOL FOOD
Hands-on, Interactive and LOADS of Fun! Artisan Cocktails in Mason Jars and pair them with great tasting canapes!

Fabulously easy recipes to amaze your friends and family. Each class features new recipes so subscribe to our newsletters to keep updated for upcoming course dates.

EAT WISE … DROP A SIZE!
Shedding those extra kilos is an uphill battle – on again … off again!

We share our way of cooking with easy low carb and low sugar recipes. Also lots of nutritional information and busting a few myths about healthy eating. This is not a diet! If you slowly adopt a change in your cooking and eating habits, you will get that body back in a costume in not time. I lost and kept off, 7 kilos in January 2015. These class are how!
New recipes in every class, so sign up for our newsletter HERE and be sure not to miss any dates! These classes fill up fast.
We use natural, preservative free and organic ingredients as far as possible.

Weber Grill Academy

Weber Grill Academy Classes

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

WE ARE PROUDLY ASSOCIATED WITH WEBER!
Master the art of the braai with our hands-on lessons, where each class features something completely different! 

Our classes are for everyone. Join our hands-on, informative and fun monthly class. Make everything from scratch.

GOURMET BRAAI - All about gourmet food on the braai.

AMERICAN STYLE BARBEQUE - homemade patties and buns and much more.

MEN BEHAVING BADLY - more delicious recipes.

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN - not just for the girls.

OCEANS ON FIRE - heavenly seafood on the braai.

See our WEBER GRILL ACADEMY PAGE for more details



 

 

 

World Food

WORLD FOOD

These classes run from time to time. Scroll through our Calendar for dates, times, menus and prices and you can Book and Pay from there >>

FLAVOURS OF ASIA
Vietnamese and Thai flavours made with local ingredients!

Compared to Western food, ingredients used in Asian food create flavours that are intense, subtle, deep and contrasting all at the same time and all in harmony. Meat is used sparingly whilst vegetables, legumes, sprouts, nuts and herbs create taste and texture surprises.
Understanding how to combine and balance flavours is an important cooking concept in Asian food.  In these lessons you will learn how to balance and enhance flavours with easy recipes and Chef Jesse's vast knowledge.

EASY CHINESE
Why order takeout when you can make quick and healthy Chinese food with ingredients you may already have in your pantry.

Chinese cuisine can be simple, healthy, fun and delicious - quite different from greasy takeout food. You can easily recreate authentic dishes at home which are full of flavour and often void of guilt. Aromas released while cooking our yummy dishes will have everyone licking their lips.

COOKING ISLAND STYLE
If Durban had its own style of cuisine, it would be a version of tropical Island style food!

We have a selection of wonderful recipes from Mauritius, Hawaai and the Caribbean with exotic flavours of fruit such as coconut, mango, jackfruit, lime, banana, guava and passion fruit spiced with ginger, lemongrass and mint. This course promises to take you on a special culinary journey!

FLAVOURS OF INDIA
A complete world of taste!

Using the whole palette of flavours, spicy, sour, sweet and hot all at the same time with exotic ingredients and magical spices. Indian cuisine can be both exciting and intimidating.
Not all Indian dishes are curries, but "curry" is what we call any spice-based dish with a sauce. Curries can be watery, dry, red, green, hot or really really hot - it's up to you to make every bite count.

FLAVOURS OF MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique cuisine is deeply influenced by Portugal and so has intensely flavourful dishes!

Peri peri which means "spicy-spicy" accompanies all meals. It is one of the most characteristics flavours of the cuisine. Made by pounding red chillies, garlic, salt, olive oil and lemon juice together, we have our incredible version to share with you.

MEXICAN FIESTA
Ole! If you want to kick back with a pitcher of magaritas and good amigos, then a Mexican Fiesta Party theme is the way to go!

More than just a celebration a Fiesta affirms the belief that communities are alive with promise. "Neighbourhood, easy to make street food" you can prepare long before guests arrive. Great for those picky eaters, a Fiesta is a spread of a variety of dishes and accompaniments.

MODERN MEDITERRANEAN

Garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, Parmesan - it's all about excellent quality ingredients!

Characterised by simplicity with many dishes showcasing only a few ingredients. Rather than elaborate preparation methods, Mediterranean cuisine relies on fresh, quality ingredients served as soon as it is prepared.

Your Private Event

YOUR EVENT IN OUR KITCHEN

Check out our Calendar and choose your date >>

You can book any of our classes, including those on the Weber, as a private event for you and your family and friends!

We need about eight or more people, but can quote for less too.
Just add our facilitation fee to the class price and we will do the rest.
BYO welcome.

Fill in the Contact form HERE for a quote.

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