Torte & Tarte: a pastry workshop with Vanessa Miles and Alice Adams

Friday 15 June 2018, a day workshop with lunch, from 10 am

Beautiful home made pastry can transform the simplest ingredients into a feast, fill the picnic basket, and take care of entertaining a crowd. Too often store bought pastry is billed as the the simple solution, when making the real thing takes less than a walk to the shops. 

This all day workshop with Vanessa ‘the hungry chook’ Miles and Alice Adams will focus on three types of pastry: all butter puff, olive oil pastry lovely for mediterranean tarts, and a beautiful almond shortcrust for fruit crostate. We will discuss flour types, choosing the right ‘fat’, and how to best use your food processor or stand mixer.

We’ll use the best of the spring summer season to fill what we bake, and enjoy it all with a convivial lunch including fresh spring salads and local wines. For more information you can write to: or

Class size is limited to 6 people, and participants will go home with recipes and cooking notes, as well as samples of what we bake. Click here to book a place.

Images (above left to right): Jessica Abraham, Mark Chew, Silvia Pozzati and Alice Adams

Ravioli del Mondo | Dumplings of the World

A series of evening classes, from March to June, see dates below

Every culture has a way of wrapping up simple ingredients into small parcels, which once cooked by various methods; steaming, boiling, baking and frying, create meals that so often come to symbolise the way that country or region eats. Beyond the ravioli of various Italian regions there are the (countless) dumplings of China and other parts of Asia, the Samosas of India, Polish Pierogi, and Russian Pelmeni.

This series of evening classes will be simple, short and lots of fun. Each class will end around the long table with glass of wine and the fruits of our labours. Class size is limited to 8 people. Click the links below to book.

Vietnamese Rice Paper & Spring Rolls with Amanda Wotring, Friday 2 March 2018

Indian and Mauritian with Vima Narrainen from Vimas food, date to be announced

Lebanese Sambousek and Fatayer with Maya Nawar, date to be announced

Polish Pierogi with Danka Ajzenman Cinque, date to be announced 

Chinese Pot Sticker Dumplings with Vanessa Miles, Thursday 14 June 2018



March / April 2017

Join two Australian cooks with a love for Asian flavours – Vanessa ‘the hungry chook’ Miles and Alice Adams – for an evening class with a focus on the wonderful world of Chinese and Vietnamese appetisers.  We will hand make from scratch the famous potsticker dumplings, roast duck pancakes, and salt and pepper squid. The lesson culminates in a shared meal of what we have prepared with wine and sweets.

March 30 and April 6 > Cost: 65 euro/person > Bookings here. 

A night in south-east Asia: workshop and dinner with Alice Adams and Vanessa 'The Hungry Chook' Miles

Tales and secrets FROM the Thai & Vietnamese traditions, so loved by these two Australian cooks

Growing up in Australia, with its close relationship to south-east Asia (both geographically and politically), we often take for granted our easy access to the food of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and beyond. In every capital city there are pockets of Asian culture; Cabramatta's "Little Vietnam", Melbourne's Chinatown, and Brisbane suburb Sunnybank, where one can enjoy a bowl of very authentic pho, laksa or Hainanese chicken rice. Just up the road from where I live is a hole in the wall selling banh mi so good that there is literally a queue for them morning, noon and night. There are grocers selling everything from perilla and betel leaves, to dried shrimp, green mangoes and banana blossoms. There are countless "fine dining" Asian restaurants serving wonderful adaptations of traditional dishes modified and modernised to suit the western shopping basket and palette - I have even worked in one or two. And if all that fails, we have the luxury of being able to hop on a relatively short flight and wake up in Hoi An (Central Vietnam), just in time for a trip to the markets and an all-day cooking class by the river.

It isn't as easy in Rome. So I was delighted when Alice Adams, invited me to co-host a special workshop, at her latteria studio in the heart of Trastavere. I can't wait to share some of my favourite dishes with one of my favourite cities. We'll be holding this hands-on workshop on Wednesday, June 1st (2016) from 7pm. If you live in Rome, there is more information on the latteria studio website - I'd love to share a glass of wine and some of these wonderful flavours with you!