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Greek Meze

Ashburton Cookery School

Greek Meze

If you have spent time in Greece, Cyprus or throughout the eastern Mediterranean you will undoubtedly have enjoyed the legendary Meze plates that, like their Spanish Tapas cousins are wonderful small plates of simple, tasty food designed to be shared with friends. Meze is the perfect party food.

The culinary custom derives from the ancient Greeks, who believed that no guest should be welcomed without a nibble. The word itself means 'middle' as in middle of the day, or between meals, because the Meze table traditionally is not a full meal but rather something that falls in the middle of the day or before dinner. However, as anyone who has enjoyed a night in a Greek Taverna can testify, Meze can also be enjoyed as an exciting meal made up of many courses of small dishes over the course of an evening - preferably with lots of Greek music and dancing.

On our one day Greek Meze cookery course we will be making the dishes that make up the classic Meze, that once learned will become your regular favourites when entertaining family and friends with fresh ingredients and a great variety of flavours, from earthy and meaty to zesty and sweet.

During the course you will enjoy a Meze lunch and at the end you will take away lots of dishes that you learn throughout the day with the confidence to recreate your own authentic taste of Greece at home.

Typical Recipes

  • Greek Spinach & Feta Pie (Spanakopita)
  • Hummus with Tahini (Xoumas me Taxini)
  • Cucumber-Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki)
  • Rustic Aubergine Dip (Melanzanosalata)
  • Village Salad
  • Pine Nut, Currant & Rice-Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades)
  • Crisp Lamb Meatballs (Keftedakia Arni)
  • Slow cooked beef stew (Stifado)
  • Courgette Fritters (Kolokithakia keftedes) [Seasonal]

Common Questions

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You will enjoy a sit-down lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have the option of sit down early evening meal, or you may take-away what you make to enjoy at home.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Chocolate Making we will provide a Buffet lunch.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

Yes, we have two kitchens that are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.