Krua Thai Cookery School, Liberton, Edinburgh, EH16 6AQ, T: 0131 664 3036, Website: www.kruathai.co.uk
It is not every day you go one-to-one with a master chef but Ru Herd puts you at ease. Ru doesn’t just run a cookery school. She is a food consultant. Major firms come to her kitchen to create and refine dishes and she has a client list with packed with names from around 20 countries. What’s more, celebrities and world-famous sports stars have shared her kitchen. This soft-spoken mum, who has a BA Hons and a myriad of cooking and culinary art, qualifications, also caters for a star-studded guest list and blue-chip companies for corporate events. The list, and her achievements since arriving in the UK over two decades ago from Thailand, are mind-blowing. So, there I was, an amateur chef, standing in her well-appointed kitchen about to create four authentic Thai dishes. We also used only one pan the whole afternoon, apart from cooking dessert, of course, so this was economic cooking. And we also made home-made stock. No, we didn’t add bay leaves and an array of vegetables. We just used parts of a carcass of a chicken and then strained away the fat. This was authentic and the course was packed with hints and tips. It was both educational and entertaining and I loved it. You would too.