Jenius Social is a foodie hub in Holloway, North London that offers food and drink master classes, hands on cookery classes as well as supper clubs and corporate events.
I first came across Jenius Social last year. My new years resolution had been to book myself into a couple of cookery schools to learn some new skills. Since then I’ve attended the School of Wok twice (first for their Taste of China Town full day class and china town tour, and then again for one of their dim sum master classes), the Meringue Girls master class and Pimp My Profiterole class at Jenius Social. London has some absolutely fantastic cookery schools and I can recommend all of the classes that I have been on so far.
What brought me back to Jenius Social was that I knew the teacher was bound to be incredibly knowledgeable my teacher was, the class was well priced (they are REALLY good value for money considering how much food you take away) and because it’s in a really convenient location. Most cookery schools are located in central London, but Jenius Social is more in my neck of the words, great for anyone else living in the suburbs.
So, I booked my Dad and I on to the class and off we went. It turned out that we were the only two people attending the class on the day. As we arrived, a class of 6 had just finished the Butchery Class. My Dad has now decided he wants to come to that class next! (Fathers day present idea alert….)
After a quick drink and a change in to some rather fetching overalls, we joined Luke (the resident butcher) for our lesson. During the class we covered a bunch of skills including:
- linking of sausages;
- how to fill sausages;
- how to create sausage mixes;
- how to cook sausages; and
- flavour balancing & use of spices.
Luke had an insane amount of knowledge and could tell you absolutely everything you needed to know from the rearing of the livestock to the casings used in your sausages. He’s also a great teacher making you feel incredibly relaxed from the moment you step in to the class. His sense of humour is fantastic and my Dad and I both had a brilliant time.
For me the best bit was linking the sausages – I felt like a real butcher as I mastered the technique. Dad on the other hand loved filling the sausages. Dad was a real pro but I somehow managed to make some absolute monsters. Even the smallest of my giant sausages could feed a family of four. I’ve always said I’ve got eyes bigger than my stomach…
After preparing our sausages and having a taste of one or two, we had the unenviable task of taking the sausages home – all 9 kilograms of them! When I mentioned the convenient location of Jenius Social earlier on, this is why! I took my half of the sausages and we made the short walk to the tube without dropping them or breaking the bags. Needless to say we got a lift at the other end…
All in all, I’d highly recommend the sausage making class. Hopefully you can see from my photos just how much fun we had. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make chorizo, hot Italian sausages, garlic filled French sausages or even spicy African sausages then this is the class for you. Luke can offer so much advice and was kind enough to pass his details on to us should we have any questions when making sausages at home.
I strongly believe that home made food is best and by learning how to make sausages you never have to eat a bland, processed sausage ever again. with a fridge full of sheep intestines and lots of ideas for sausage flavours, all I need now is a sausage machine of your own. Dad and I are looking to invest in one together, so I’ll be scouring ebay until I find the perfect one!
Have you ever attended a cookery class at Jenius Social? Or perhaps there’s another cookery school you’d recommend? I’d love to hear from you. Until then, happy sausage making!