Turn over a new leaf with l plates salad class _ adelaidenow

SALADS are muscling up, getting bigger and bulkier with grains, pulses, seeds and nuts alongside the veg and leafy greens, taking over as the mealtime main event rather than a humble side.

It’s a healthy development, says Quentin Whittle, the chef at Stone’s Throw in Norwood, who will share his own ideas for “Super Salads” as part of The Advertiser L Plates cooking classes on April 29.

Presented in conjunction with TAFE SA’s Regency International Centre, as part of the Tasting Australia festival, L Plates sessions are led by some of the state’s best-known chefs and food heroes who mentor participants as they learn new kitchen techniques by doing it themselves.

This year’s line-up includes crowd favourite Simon Bryant, a yum cha class by The Salopian Inn’s Karena Armstrong and an introduction to the amazing variety of fresh and dried chillies by Greggory Hill from Mexican hotspot Hispanic Mechanic.

The Ayubi family behind Parwana in Henley Beach will repeat their sellout “Afghan Banquet” session and Salvatore Pepe (Pepe Cucina) will prepare an Italian autumn dinner.

Quentin says making a salad the centrepiece of a meal is healthy and suits our Mediterranean climate.

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“When I am cooking at home I tend to look at a salad ingredient first and start adding to it, and the protein becomes secondary,” he says.

“I’m always looking for contrasts in flavours and textures. Sloe gin fizz drink recipe And having a colourful diet isn’t as silly as it sounds — all those bright greens, deep reds and oranges are imperative to healthy food.”

L Plates classes are $79. Sloe gin fizz recipe egg white For full details and bookings go to eventopia.co

Scott Huggins (Magill Estate/Magill Estate Kitchen), Emma McCaskill

With two young children at home and a pair of restaurants to run, Scott and Emma’s best time to catch up with family and friend is in the morning. Recipe for sloe gin jamie oliver In this class they share some of the simple yet delicious brunch dishes that have become their favourites.

Popular chef and creative director of Tasting Australia Simon Bryant has made it his lifelong mission to show the boundless potential of vegies. Sloe gin jam recipe Here he calls on miso, chillies and other ingredients from the Asian kitchen in recipes that sing with flavour. Jamie oliver sloe gin recipe Meat eaters welcome.

With its hanging legs of jamon and rustic charm, Comida’s Central Market stall could come from the backstreets of Barcelona or Madrid. Best sloe gin recipe ever Brad will share tapas treats using both fresh and preserved ingredients — perfect for easy entertaining.

Forget limp lettuce and soggy slaw. Sloe gin ice cream recipe Salads are muscling up with satisfying mixes of vegies, grains, nuts and more that make them the main feature, rather than the support. Bbc sloe gin recipe Quentin shares some of his favourite combinations from around the Mediterranean, from the exotic spices of the Middle East to the clean, fresh flavours of the Aegean Sea.

Normally seen spinning skewers behind the bar at the pint-sized Yakitori Takumi, Eddie will explore dishes cooked in Japanese homes for this class. Sloe gin jelly recipe Introduce these clean, umami flavours to your repertoire with soups, stews and even a pasta dish.

Raised in Algeria before moving to Europe, Azou embodies the blending of cultures in the North African country controlled by France for more than a century. Sloe gin hugh fearnley whittingstall recipe Azou will share the secrets of the exotic spice blends at the heart of a great tagine and the method for couscous that is light and fluffy.

It’s the season when mushrooms appear on the forest floor and a bubbling braise is welcome relief from the sudden chill of night. Recipe for sloe gin fizz drink Salvatore prepares a stunning Italian autumn dinner including a lesson about pasta in all shapes and sizes.

One of the most popular classes from the last three L Plates. Recipe for a sloe gin fizz Learn the secrets of sourdough bread-making from Regency’s Chef Lecturer Paul Beech. Recipe for sloe gin or vodka This longer, five-hour session will leave plenty of time to mix, knead and shape a variety of loaves in French and Italian styles, including ciabatta, Sicilian Altamura and your own mother starter. Sloe berry recipes *Note: five hour class.

As the crowds that pack Mexican hot spot Hispanic Mechanic will attest, chef Greggory has a natural feel for working with the heat and nuances of the huge variety of fresh and dried chillies. How to make sloe gin fizz recipe In this class he will help you develop your chilli repertoire and use them in some of the dishes that have made his restaurant so popular.

While still showing the vibrant sweet/sour/salty balance that makes Thai food so appealing, the food of the north is unique, with influences from nearby Myanmar and Laos. Damson gin recipe hugh fearnley whittingstall In this class, Terry, chef/owner at city street-food specialist Sukhumvit Soi 38, will focus on the dishes he grew up with in Chiang Mai for an introduction to one of Thailand’s great culinary regions.

A sell out last year, Farida and daughter Fatema return for a class full of the exotic fragrances and generosity that make Parwana one of Adelaide’s most-loved restaurants. Best sloe gin cocktail recipe Learn the secret of Farida’s magical pilau rice and stunning vegetable dishes.

Stock up on the steamer baskets and prepare to wow your friends. Dried sloe berries gin recipe Karena has learnt the secrets of the Asian kitchen from chefs including Kylie Kwong. Sloe gin jelly dessert recipe Here she shows how to make the dumplings, pork buns and other delicacies that kick off the menu at The Salopian. Blackcurrant and sloe gin jam recipe Sunday morning will never be the same.

The smoke and sizzle of cooking with a wood or charcoal fire have captivated a new generation of chefs and home cooks alike. Mary berry sloe gin recipe Matt Standen, who uses a purpose-built wood oven in most of the dishes at city bar and eatery Pink Moon Saloon, shares the secrets of grilling, smoking and slow cooking with the most primal of cooking methods.

Roll up your sleeves and be cheese maker for the day in this class led by Kris and Regency’s Gina Dal Santo. Sloe gin fizz recipe uk They will illustrate how to make a fresh feta using local Adelaide Hills cow milk. Damson gin recipe river cottage Taste the fruits of your labour and some other cheeses chosen by Kris at the end of the class.

22:00 PM Simon Wilkinson A MEXICAN restaurant in the city puts paid to expectations of basic cantinas with style cues contracted to the country that inspired it.

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