We all have the brands we love.
It could be a car brand. A shoe brand. A...pen brand (I don't know, you do you).
For me, the pages I keep bookmarked are invariably home and kitchen brands. I love our home and buying things to make it even more cosier and lovelier is something I really enjoy saving for and looking forward to. I've got out of the habit about writing about home stuff on the blog in recent months but I will be sharing more and more going into 2017 - I have me some projects planned.
But I digress. All the above to say, there are several brands whose sites I know well and whose products are very much on my wishlist. One such brand is KitchenAid. Ever since I first saw Ina Garten (who by the way, is goals) use one of their stand mixers, I knew they were a brand I'd love to use and have in my own home.
Imagine my delight, then, when a PR from KitchenAid emailed to see if I'd like to join the brand for a cookery lesson at their showroom in Wigmore Street, a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.
I had a wee look at the classes available and when I noted that there was a steak option, so the deal was done. I was so impressed with the class format - for £25 you get a great kitchen to work in (full to the brim with KitchenAid appliances, of course), a chef tutoring you, and all your ingredients. We were a merry group and had great time cooking chips, making rocket pesto and bearnaise sauce, and of course, learning all about steak and the various ways to get the most from it!
I kept on getting distracted by the beautiful stand mixers. I mean...
Our chef in charge, Emma, was such fun and kept the whole session enlightening and entertaining.
As is usual at foodie-blog events, the cameras were out in force!
This little baby (the cook processor) was a dream to work with - it mixed, chopped, heated, and made making sauces an absolute doddle! I loved that you could use it either for your own ideas, or follow one of the pre-existing programmes - perfect for when you just want to get on and get cooking!
It was really interesting to learn more about the food we were preparing, as well as fangirling about The Ginger Pig a little with the rest of the group!
Yep, we all won at lunch on this particular Friday!
We even had some added drama towards the end of the session when one team's steaks were cooking with such gusto that they triggered the fire alarms. And because said fire alarms were attached to the central alarms, we soon had a few firemen with whom to share our chips (they were incredibly kind and very understanding. Lovely chaps!).
I really enjoyed popping along to the KitchenAid Experience for an afternoon of cookery and would really recommend it as a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I loved trying making a couple of new dishes and learning more about steak and the opportunity to play with some KitchenAid gadgets was a real treat! I'm hoping to go back before long for a baking class - perhaps I'll see you there?
Disclaimer: I was invited along to this class and my session was complimentary. Man, that steak was awesome.