Ready? Let’s Cook!

A few weeks ago I decided to make breakfast in bed for Mr Blues because I thought he deserved a bit of spoiling since everything in my life has been revolving around Dogs That Dine. I had visions of carrying through a breakfast tray that even Instagram would be proud of. In the end, the only fan was the pedal bin he recently bought from Homebase.

Haha okay, it wasn’t that bad but it really didn’t go well. I was “grilling” bacon and well…about two hours later he appeared through to ask what the hell I was doing.  Erm…grilling bacon? Do you need the cornea transplant?! (it’s these little jokes that get me through) Turns out I had only switched the grill light on and not the actual grill. Erm…

So he was overjoyed when he found out I was going to Cook School Scotland for the day and he had high hopes they were going to teach me how to turn on appliances (though I’m still blaming the cooker). Thankfully for us both, I learned so much more and overcame my fear of handling and cooking raw chicken.



The day started with tea and warm scones which is how every day should start in my opinion. The scones alone made the 6:45am alarm (on a Sunday no ess!) worthwhile.  After being given a run down on the day’s cooking activities, it was time to head through to the kitchen. There were so many Masterchef style stations set up I was literally waiting on Gregg Wallace or John Torode walking through the door.

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The aim of the class was basically to show how much can be done with one chicken as nothing needs to go to waste. After being shown how to joint a chicken (still can’t quite believe I did that), the carcass was used to make chicken stock, chicken drumsticks (coated in the most delicious marinade), butter chicken curry (using the chicken thighs) and one of the breasts was used to make Chicken Milanese.  Never thought so many dishes could be created from only single chicken.



Then it was time to sit down to a feast of epic proportions. The food was delicious (if I do say so myself) and it really highlighted how far one chicken can go. From my chicken alone, so many dishes were produced that could have fed at least two people (anything left over they box up into containers to take home – even the stock!). I’ll definitely be trying some of the dishes out on Mr Blues because I think he would love them, particularly the chicken drumsticks.

This is definitely one of the best things I have ever done. I’ve avoided buying chicken for a long time because I can’t stand cooking with raw meat but now I can’t wait to dash out and buy a full chicken! Actually, my mum loved the dishes so much that next week we are going to buy a full chicken each and have a competition to see who can make the most dishes. I’m pretty sure with the new skills I’ve learned I’m going to win..

Speaking of skills, I did learn a few tricks on the day that I thought I would share:

  1. The easiest way to peel ginger is with a spoon.
  2. To turn your clove of garlic into a paste  sprinkle a little salt over it before applying pressure with a knife. It acts as an abrasive and helps to break down the garlic.
  3. Don’t use a plastic spatula to pour out melted chocolate or cake mix because it does such a good job there’s no need to lick the bowl! (that was one of my personal tips thrown in for good measure)

I had such an amazing day thanks to Cook School Scotland and Yelp. Yelp is a fantastic review website that anyone can join so I highly recommend signing up and writing some reviews (you will get addicted, trust me). It’s a great way to meet new people and there’s always so many events going on. Really surprised me how much there is to do on my very own doorstep.

For my chicken challenge, I need some more inspiration! What are your favourite chicken dishes to cook?






  1. May 19th, 2016 / 10:33 am

    I especially love tip number 3 🙂 Sounds like you had a great day and well done for all the dishes you created. I’m not very creative with chicken as I hate touching it so it usually gets thrown in then wrapped in foil 🙂

    • May 19th, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Hahaha tip number 3 is my personal favourite too. I actually hate touching chicken so this was definitely me facing one of my fears but I’m so glad I did. The chef explained that some people don’t like touching raw chicken but gloves can always be used.

  2. May 19th, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day, I did not know about tip number 3, I have tried the garlic tip and it does work. The chicken dishes sound amazing but I would not know where to start about jointing a chicken x

    • May 19th, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Aww it was actually easier than I thought it would be. Really impressed that nothing at all went to waste.

    • May 19th, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Never had a better start. They were so tasty!

  3. May 19th, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    My OH would love for me to join a course like this! He is definitely the cook in our relationship!

  4. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    May 19th, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Wow, what a great class! I love that you overcame your fear of handling raw chicken, I also have the same fear. I really don’t like it but I have been handling and cooking it more and more lately 🙂 Also the chicken stock from the carcass is something my nan taught me! Well done on your class, it sounds like a lot of fun! Great tips too.
    After seeing your pics, I’m quite peckish for some chicken now, haha. xx

  5. Sarahjane
    May 19th, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I agree! Everyday should begin with tea and scones! Great tips and lesson, hate wastage

  6. May 19th, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    I have to admit I’m not one for all different types of chicken dishes, so I’m probably not the best person to come up with ideas. I am loving your hints though – the ginger one is great. x

  7. May 19th, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Freshly baked scones would make any morning better. Looks like you had some great food x

  8. May 19th, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Great cookery tips, thanks for sharing. I mush garlic with a spoon, it saves getting smelly hands.

  9. May 19th, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Wow I could use a class like that. How fun! I’m loving the clever tricks you learned.

  10. May 20th, 2016 / 3:22 am

    I love the idea of going to a cooking school, though I can cook comfortably I feel I could do with some more tips and maybe dare some recipes.

  11. May 20th, 2016 / 11:02 am

    My boyfriend would love this as he is weirdly obsessed with chicken! I did actually know that trick about peeling ginger with a spoon. Such a clever tip that I’d never have thought of by myself!

  12. Hannah
    May 20th, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Never knew to peel ginger with a spoon! Thanks for the tip x

  13. May 20th, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    My favourite chicken dish is a plain and simple chicken tikka masala, or korma. I love it. I usually buy pre-diced chicken, throw it in a pan with some oil and it doesn’t take too long at all! This looks like a really fun day out, and has now got me craving scones so, erm, thanks! Haha. xxxx

  14. May 20th, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Oh the salt and garlic is a great tip, thanks for that x

  15. May 21st, 2016 / 10:27 am

    I love chicken, so this class sounds like total fun to me.

  16. May 21st, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    It sounds like a really useful course, and I have to say those scones look amazing!! They make me want to get straight in the kitchen 😉

  17. May 21st, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Great tips. My favourite chicken dish has to be a sunday lunch or a curry

  18. May 22nd, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    That food looks lush and there are some great tips there. I should really take a cooking class, do you feel like it was worth it then? x

  19. May 22nd, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Mmmmmmmmm those scones look amazing!!! Thank you for the ginger tip too, I had never heard this one before!

  20. May 22nd, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Oh My Goodness! This looks so scrumptious.
    I had dinner only a couple of hours ago but that chicken looks lush! (I’m greedy) I love learning new cooking skills and putting them into action.
    Glad you had a great time sugar
    Charlotte x

  21. nicol
    May 23rd, 2016 / 10:16 am

    i need to try out the ginger and spoon trick. I’m forever using my knife and it does take me a while

    • May 24th, 2016 / 12:35 am

      It seriously works. Life changing tip right there, haha!

  22. May 24th, 2016 / 10:17 am

    Those drumsticks look incredible. I have to try one.

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