Classes take place in our cosy kitchen in an early 19th-century converted warehouse in the beautiful city of Wiesbaden. We wanted to preserve the historical character of the building whilst creating a warm, inviting space to cook and eat.
Our class sizes are small, with a maximum of 4/5 participants, which means we can keep things relaxed and intimate. Annie will spend a little time at the start of each class discussing the ingredients and techniques before getting started. Participants will do each step of the recipe together and Annie will be there to guide and advise - everyone will get to practise the techniques and should feel confident enough to try them at home after the class.
At the end of the class we will either enjoy the meal we have made together, or, for baking classes, we will have a tea or coffee together and you will take home some of the day's creations, as well as a copy of the recipe(s) covered in class. Annie will also give you advice about where to source ingredients in the local area.
Whatever your level of culinary skill, we guarantee that you will learn something new, have a good time and go home with some inspiration!
About your teacher
Annie is originally from the UK, but has lived in different parts of the world, including East Africa, the Caribbean, France and Italy. She loves travel and learning about different cultures and cuisines. She believes that knowing how to cook is an essential skill for life but one that is being lost due to busy lives and changing priorities. Although mostly self-taught in the kitchen, Annie took advantage of more than 10 years living in France to learn advanced skills through cooking courses in Lyon, the home of French gastronomy. She enjoys finding inspiration in food blogs, cookery books and literature and from browsing local markets and products.
Annie is an experienced teacher of English as a foreign language and a qualified French/English translator but really wanted to find a way to combine her teaching and language skills with a love of food and cookery. Moving to Wiesbaden from France with her German partner provided the perfect opportunity to try something new and that's where the idea for Mirabelle Kitchen came from.
The aim of Mirabelle Kitchen is to offer fun, informal, baking and cooking workshops that provide an opportunity to learn new recipes and culinary skills whilst encouraging cultural exchange. The courses are aimed at all levels - from beginners to confident home cooks. Mirabelle Kitchen is pleased to welcome both native speakers of English and non-native speakers who would simply like to practise their English through doing a practical activity, rather than traditional classroom-based learning. Annie speaks fluent French, some Italian and is now faced with the challenge of learning German!
The Mirabelle Kitchen Philosophy
In terms of ingredients, we think it is important to buy the best quality you can afford and to support local producers as much as possible. We buy mostly organic, or free-range dairy, meat and eggs, trying to shop primarily at the twice-weekly market in Wiesbaden and at local farms, such as the Domäne Mechtildshausen and Hof Rosenköppel, which offer high-quality local products. We are also keen to support Fair Trade programmes to ensure that production of ingredients from other parts of the world, like cane sugar or exotic fruits, is really supporting local producers and providing sustainable livelihoods. Trying to cook with the seasons is also an important part of sustainable living and we try to stick to that as much as possible.