Have you ever been to a British-Indian Afternoon Tea? – September 2013

Me neither! So let’s not only go but also learn how to create this special afternoon tea! Khoya Anjir Burfi (a clarric Indian fig fudge), stock pudding with salted toffee sauce and a secret ingredient, and crispy coconut pastries filled with sweet coconut, dates, and cardamom – we’re so excited to be baking with chef Tarini! See more details here.

Get Involved with CWM! – September 2013

CWM is recruiting for new team members to get involved! Whether its volunteering your time to strategise new cooking ideas, honing your culinary skills alongside our Mamas at our supperclubs, furthering our partnerships, or building our social media presence, we would love to hear from you!

Happy Birthday CWM! – August 2013

CWM celebrated it’s birthday party with our mamas, advisors, friends and family! Thank you for making our first year so memorable! Check out our video here!

CWM featured on Relational Welfare – August 2013

Relational Welfare posts an article on CWM – http://relationalwelfare.com/2013/08/08/cooking-with-mama/

New Cooking Class Schedule – July 2013

Sign up for our new fall cooking classes!!

Tasting Sri Lanka – A celebration of Esala Peraphera

Viva Mexico! – An independence Fiesta

Yearning for Yaounde – A Cameroonian banquet

Taste of Samba – A Brazilian holiday feast

CWM’s First Supperclub with a twist!- June 2013

It was a night to remember! Our small group of friends spent the first half of the night in the kitchen with Mama Roberta rolling dough, deep frying fritters, and stirring up fragrant Brazilian dishes. The second half of the night was spent around a the dinner table feasting on our culinary creations while engaging in conversations which constantly erupted in laughter! Thanks for a great first supperclub – it’s a promise for a second to come!

Feature in Eyedea – May 2013

CWM founder sits down for a Q&A with Eyedea, a London-based society for young professional women that hosts speaker and charity events aiming to inspire and connect young female professionals. The article is entitled “Cooking With Mama: Fun, conversation and delicious food!”

What advice do you have for others looking to begin a start-up while still holding onto their day jobs?

I keep a quote close to my heart that says, “if you want extraordinary results, you must put in extraordinary efforts.” Starting a venture will take over your life, but if you believe in the objective of your venture enough and promise to love your venture even through the hard times, you’ll find your way to success. Cooking classes only make up 2% of what I do, the other 98% is all the leg work that goes behind the cooking classes – such as finding and training the mamas, pitching to potential clients, developing our social media presence, and liaising with community groups in the hopes to find partnerships with local kitchens. Make sure you love what you do, the rest will follow!!

CWM Berlin – First Class! – May 2013

4 May marks CWM’s first cooking class! See our blog for more info and check out their Facebook page Cooking With Mama Berlin!

Indian Flavours of Spring Cookery Class – 11 April 2013

Spring is in the air! Cooking With Mama is delighted to introduce our latest class “Indian Flavours of Spring” where we will explore the healthy benefits of vegetarian cuisine and all its beautiful colours of red, green, yellow and orange in our latest menu. Check out our cooking class schedule and rsvp by emailing us or signing up on our Meetup Page.

CWM – where have you been? – March 2013

We’ve been right here! CWM had an incredible Q1 hosting corporate cooking classes in and around London. We’ve been testing and perfecting our range of corporate classes to meet the different needs of our clients to bring a fresh and delicious meaning to “team building.”

CWM Berlin – March 2013

Meet Cooking With Mama’s new little sister Cooking With Mama Berlin!

At our last CWM Team Meeting, Shinta from CWM Berlin joined us to share her experiences thus far on developing the concept for CWM Berlin. She’s been stirring up a lot of ideas. For example, she held a Make Sense Hold Up where a community of foodies were invited to share their thoughts through an intense brainstorming session. CWM Berlin is hosting its premier cooking class on 4 May entitled “Oriental Delights” – register for your spot!

Interview with The Will To Create – February 2013

Cooking With Mama sat down for an interview with The Will To Create.

“My advice is to just go for it. There is never a right time and you are never really going to feel fully prepared. You are always going to think ‘I can do more research or spend more time on this plan’ but at some point you have to bring you idea to life, you just have to pilot, and try!”

Cook and Flirt – 17 February 2013

What do you get when you mix mimosas, Brazilian aphrodisiacs, Bossa Nova, and 10 mini dates? A Valentine’s Cooking Class for Singles! More information can be found on our cooking class schedule. Please rsvp by emailing us or signing up on our Meetup Page

Happy New Year!

A very happy 2013 to everyone! Whether your new year’s resolutions includes expanding your culinary repertoire or just plain learning how to cook, we wish you all the very best on your endeavours! Cooking With Mama has been taking some time to reflect on the past as we stir up new ideas for the future. Please stay tuned for some new surprises up ahead!

Holiday Cookery Classes – 9 December 2012

The holidays are right around the corner and Cooking With Mama is excited to host a series of Holiday Cookery Classes. On 9 December 2012 we will be hosting two classes for Brazilian and Indian cuisine. More information can be found on our cooking class schedule. Please rsvp by emailing us or signing up on our Meetup Page

Now on Meetup.com – November 2012

Come check us out at Meetup London – http://www.meetup.com/Cooking-With-Mama-in-London/

Women’s Focus Group – Wednesday 28 November 2012

Cooking With Mama is hosting its first Women’s Focus Group. It will be a night to bring a great group of women together to chat about cooking, family, traditions, recipes and everything else in between. If you know any women who might be a great fit for Cooking With Mama, please let us know.

Emerge Conference – Sunday 28 October 2012

Cooking With Mama is excited to join the Emerge Conference Marketplace at on Sunday 28 October 2012 from 13.00-15.00. Taking place at Oxford University’s Said Business School, the Emerge Conference is a two day event bringing together some of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. A few of the organisations include Acumen Fund, Volans, Aravind Eye Care System, Access to Energy Shell Foundation, Emerge Venture Lab, and Twitter. Jennifer attended this incredible conference two years ago as a participant and is excited to return, alongside Stephanie, as a venture to share what Cooking With Mama is all about and how everyone can get involved! See you there!

Emerge engages and connects university students and young professionals aspiring to drive transformational change, with current global change-agents leading entrepreneurial ventures, businesses and sector-defying organisations. Emerge is about “what’s next”: the big ideas, the future leaders, the driving forces challenging the status quo. It brings to the forefront that which is emerging: new models, markets and movers of transformational change.

Over the two day gathering, participants learn from leading global entrepreneurs about their innovations to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges. Emerge centres on learning and action; it is a space to gain skills and resources to launch a new venture, to design intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial career pathways, and to provoke new ideas for creating a more sustainable world.

The event is co-designed and co-organised by The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and Student Hubs, a student-led organisation working in universities across the UK to engage students with social and environmental issues.

Welcome to our new website!

Thanks for dropping by the new Cooking With Mama website!

1 package active dry yeast
3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 (4 ounce) jar pimientos, drained and chopped
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup of warm water (from 100 to 120 degree F)
3/4 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
(if you like spicier, you can use jalapeno pepper jack cheese instead)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
1 cup warm water (from 120 to 130 degree F)
1 pound craw-fish tail meat, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Sesame seeds, optional
1 egg, lightly beaten

Using a large mixer bowl to combine 1 and 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, yeast, thyme, salt, thyme, basil, onion, pepper and garlic powders. After that add a cup of warm water & oil to the dry ingredient and then beat for about 3 minutes with medium speed, remember to stop to scrape the bowl occasionally. Then beat for about 4 minutes at high speed.
To make a soft dough, you should stir in enough of the remaining flour. Knead dough on a floured surface until it is smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl and turning to oil the top. Let it rise in a warm, remember to cover before, draft-free spot until doubled in volume. It should be about 35 to 50 minutes.
Punch the dough down. Then place on a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 16-inch rectangle.
Scatter the craw-fish lengthwise over the center third of the dough. Top with green onions, pimientos and shredded cheese. Make cuts from the filling to the dough edges at one-inch intervals along the sides of the filling by using a sharp knife. Beside, fold the strips at an angle across the filling for a braided effect. Place on a greased baking sheet; cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, 35 to 50 minutes.
Remember to reheat the oven to 350 degrees F
After that brush loaf with sprinkle and egg wash with sesame seed. Bake it until done and golden brown. It often takes 30 to 35 minutes.
Yield: One loaf of spicy craw-fish bread!

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 eggs
6 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few grains black pepper
Shrimp Sauce
Melt butter or margarine in a 10-inch skillet.
Beat eggs slightly; add water, salt and pepper. Pour into skillet. Cook over low heat until eggs set on bottom of pan. Lift edge and tilt pan so that some of the uncooked egg mixture flows under cooked eggs. Repeat until omelet is cooked through and brown on bottom. Top with Shrimp Sauce; loosen with spatula; roll. Turn out onto a hot platter.
Shrimp Sauce
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk or light cream
Salt and pepper
1 (5 1/2 ounce) can small shrimp, well drained
Make cream sauce, then add shrimp.

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Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Artisan ranberry

Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer Cranberry

The earliest mixers by the company were mainly built for industrial use, though these machines have come a long way sine then. With well-known curvy design and vibrant colors, today’s KitchenAid Stand Mixer is definitely as beautiful as it is useful! For any serious home chef, having any KitchenAid Stand Mixer is surely considered as a symbol of dedication to crafting fine baked goods and dishes. This is the reason why these machines find prominent place on the counter, and not in their cabinets! 
On the top of all this, these mixers come with full one year hassle free warranty. That means, if your mixers fails during the first year of ownership, you will quickly get a replacement free of cost.

If you’re on the market for one of these countertop mixers, whether for yourself or as a special gift for someone you love, read on to find more on which model is best for your needs.

KitchenAid Stand mixer – Classic Series Tilt Head

This particular model has 4.5-quart capacity and offer you a esy-to-usetilt-up top to ensure easy access. It has easy-to-use design, and durability that makes them long-lasting, and a more competitive price than other models. 

This KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a direct descendent of the Model K, and is the model that introduced to the world the patented design. Its heavy base anchors the unit to counter, while motor sites above the head. Its top parts tilts up, allowing for easier access to the beater for easy loading, cleaning or removal of bowl, and there is lot of room for adding ingredients. You can lock back head into place when you’re ready to crank the motor up. 

The motor has 10 speed controls, and a 4.5 quart stainless steel bowl. All bowls lock into place to ensure consistent mixing. Classic tilt-head mixer beaters, bowls, and dough hooks are all dishwasher safe, while you must hand wash included whips. 

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

These mixers have 5 quart stainless steel bowls with handles, powerful motors and rainbow of colors that make them an attractive option. The innovative planetary action of these mixers ensures even mixing.

These KitchenAid Stand Mixer models are beautiful and rugged, with all metal construction that can easily stand years of usage and has a palette of color options. They include a highly polished stainless-steel bowl that comes with any easy-to-grip handle, making moving your mixture a snap. 

With its huge 5 quarts capacity, and a powerful motor these mixers can handle as much as 9 cups of flour. Included with every model is a dough hook and beater. Both of them are covered with white enamel coating that makes them dishwasher safe.

KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer

These mixers have a 5 quart glass mixing bowl with an elegant design, and is dishwasher safe. The innovative glass design allows you to measure due to markings on its side and you can see ingredients even while mixing. 

The high speed motor has 10 speed options , bowl locks and sturdy metal construction. You’ll get planetary mixing action that uniformly spins the beaters clockwise as shaft moves counterclockwise, hitting around 59 touch points in the bowl.

You can get these mixers in several colors, including raspberry, sugar pearl, apple red, and azure blue. 

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer

These mixers have super-sized 6-quart bowl, a lift that allows you to easily handle heavy mixtures, and a sturdy motor that can easily power through those. These are workhorses of the legendary KitchenAid stand mixer collection. The main difference between them and other models is the size of stainless steel mixing bowl-a hefty 6 quarts. That helps you handle big recipes, while its super charged motor can handle up to 14 cups of flour. This helps in producing 8 loves of bread or 13 dozen cookies at once. 

These mixers have the same mechanism that raises the bowl to the level of beater with a lifting of a easy-to-use lever. These mixers can reach 67 points within the bowl, and its planetary action ensures that its different arts work in unison in different directions to ensue even mixing.


What’s the difference between a cooking class and a supperclub?

At a supperclub, our participants enjoy an authentic delicious three-course meal cooked from scratch by one of our mamas. At some supperclubs, there is an opportunity to be ‘mama’s helper’, or act as a sous chef to the mama as she prepares the meal!

At a cooking class, participants cook an entire meal from scratch. They are provided with guidance from our experienced mamas.

In each event description, you will be able to see whether it is a supperclub or a cooking class.


On the Day

Will there be hands-on cooking for participants?

Our cooking classes are very hands-on, you will make your entire meal from scratch. At some supperclubs, there is an opportunity to be ‘mama’s helper’, or act as a sous chef to the mama as she prepares the meal! This will be noted in the description of each individual class.

How much cooking experience do I need to join a session?

None! Beginners and experts welcome.

How many people are there in a session?

Sessions range from 8 – 25 people

Do I need to bring anything?

Your positive attitude and a curious palate!

I have specific dietary requirements. Will I still be able to enjoy a session?

We are happy to cater for dietary requirements but please inform us at the time of booking otherwise we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate you.

Come I go to a session alone/bring a guest/bring children?

Come one, come all. You can come alone or bring guests. We ask that you do not bring children under the age of 15.

Will I get copies of the recipes to bring home?

Yes! We want our guests to recreate their dishes at home and share with their friends and family.

Are there provisions for disabilities?

We try our best to accommodate any disabilities. Please contact us about a specific event and we will let you know if we are able to accommodate.

Cooking With Mama

Who are the Mamas?

You can read about our Mamas here.

How does Cooking With Mama provide for them?

We provide our mamas with opportunities to lead cooking events such as our supperclubs and cooking classes. We also offer targeted training and learning opportunities at our ‘mama days’.

We also provide individualized support for our mamas to achieve their culinary goals, whatever they may be!

Is Cooking With Mama a charity?
Cooking with Mama is a social enterprise – we are a business that reinvests all our profits in the social aim of our organisation, which is to empower women with confidence and skills to achieve their highest potential, particularly in the food industry.

If you think our idea sounds delicious, there are many simple ways to get involved!

  • “Like” our Facebook and “follow us” on Twitter
  • Sign up for a Cooking Class or Supperclub
  • Let us plan your next group team building event with a Corporate Class
  • Contact us to join our mailing list to learn about upcoming events and news
  • Volunteer with us

Cooking With Mama is seeking exceptional individuals to join our volunteer team! Individuals who are excited about social innovation in a start-up environment, self-prescribed foodies, and believe that food can create social change. Please contact us for more information.

  • Partnerships Manager

    • Explore our existing partners and build new partnerships in the London foodie scene, social enterprise, and womens empowerment. We need someone to help us work with our partners to explore new opportunities – whether its at London’s buzzing food markets or in the offices of corporate groups. Ideal candidate is someone who understands the world of social enterprise and is a natural at networking!
  • Recruitment Manager

    • Build the foundation of our social entreprise by helping us to identify talented women to lead our cooking experiences. Help design our “Mama Training Days” where we bring our Mamas together to share experiences, build networks, and learn new skills. Ideal candidate is someone who has an interest in Recruitment/HR, strong presentation skills, and has a passion for womens empowerment.
  • Social Media Manager

    • Shape our voice by developing our social media strategy through Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Ideal candidate is someone who’s a self-proclaimed foodie, tech savvy, and is interested in driving innovation through social media.
  • Website Manager

    • We love our website – we really do! But we would like to see this website reflect the heart of what CWM stands for! Ideal candidate is someone who’s a whiz at creating websites, understands the joy behind foodtography, and interested in driving social innovation.

 Sayo Ayodele


Through Sayo’s experiences as a globe trotter, she cultivated a passion for international affairs, food, languages, and travel. One of her favorite London activities is scouring the stands of London’s many food markets and spending hours sampling all the food!

Sayo is currently a Programme Coordinator at a social enterprise in London. She studied at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and gained her MSc in International Relations. Before this she attended Dickinson College in the USA where she read International Studies, with a focus on Africa. Sayo has lived in Japan, Nigeria, Mozambique, Romania, the US and the UK. sayo@cookingwithmama.org

Petra Marton

Digital Marketing and Creative Projects

Petra’s passion for food and travel goes back as far as she can remember. After graduating from university, where she studied International Relations, she worked in the recruitment industry.  Following her dream, she trained as a chef while living in Singapore and ever since then she has been working in foodie roles, doing mostly digital marketing and cooking class coordination. She is currently looking to get into food styling. She is interested in culinary history and regional dishes. petra@cookingwithmama.org

Jennifer Fong


With a belief that food is a tool for social change, Jennifer founded Cooking With Mama when she combined her love for cooking with her interests in women’s empowerment. Jennifer currently works in the agriculture development sector in Ethiopia and supports Cooking With Mama’s growth in London and Berlin. With a life goal to work or volunteer in every continent, Jennifer was raised in Toronto and has since lived in New York, London, Beijing and now Addis Ababa. She has worked with organisations such as UNICEF, UNDP, World Economic Forum, UK Cabinet Office and PwC.

Jennifer holds a joint Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Whenever she’s home in Toronto, Jennifer’s top priority is to bake big batches of chocolate chip cookies in her family kitchen with her two nephews – Ethan and Jayden. Her favourite dish is her mother’s stuffed eggplant. jennifer@cookingwithmama.org

Shinta Harsana

Founder, Cooking With Mama Berlin
Shinta is currently launching the first international Cooking with Mama Chapter in Berlin, Germany. Having been passionate about the concept of social innovation for many years, she sees her involvement as a perfect way to put her theoretical knowledge into practice. She recently started a career in the executive search industry focusing on innovative, high-growth start-ups, after having done internships in the private, public and the non-profit sectors in Germany and the Phillippines. Shinta holds a BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen and a Master of Science in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Born and raised in a small town in Germany, food has always been a way for her to connect with her Indonesian heritage and also learn about other cultures. She believes that there is definitely room to improve her own cooking skills. shinta@cookingwithmama.org

Our Amazing CWM Team

Cooking With Mama could not happen without the help of our amazing volunteer team! Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are new to the team, we thank you for sharing your creativity, skills and dedication!

CWM will issue a full refund for all tickets cancelled less than seven (7) days before the event. Cancellations made between three (3) and seven (7) days before the event will receive a 50% refund. We will not be able to issue a refund for cancellations 48 hours or less before the event.

Bookings are transferable to another individual but please do let us know and provide us with the individual’s contact information.

All CWM event participants must confirm any dietary requirements at least 72 hours before the event, otherwise we might not be able to accommodate them.

Should CWM cancel an event due to any circumstances, we will issue a full refund.

By purchasing a CWM ticket, you agree to the above listed terms and conditions.