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The Art of Sabrage at Coghlans

The art of Sabrage is a technique that is used for opening a bottle of Champagne with a sabre – usually on ceremonial occasions. It involves sliding the sabre along the body of the bottle with the blunt side up, in a perfectly nice rhythm, breaking the top of the neck away, leaving it open and ready to pour!   The technique first came to light in France when the army of Napoleon were celebrating spectacular victories across all of Europe. The cavalry would open the bottle with their sabres during these celebrations, with Napoleon known to have said…  “Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it!”   SEE how it is done, after a demonstration at...

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Cake, cake and more cake!

It is well known that we here at Coghlans Cookery School are experts in high class, professional catering. We have been catering for many different events such as Weddings, Anniversaries, Parties and other Celebrations for years, and are very good at it! Something that makes us so special and unique, and also what we pride ourselves on, is the fact that we cater for all kinds of requirements and needs, and even just special requests - such as CAKE!   Our superb Resident MasterChef of Great Britain, Simon Lilley, has a knack for producing fantastically tasting food, but making it look spectacular at the same time...   This is no different when it comes to making specially requested cakes for...

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Father's Day Blog

Father’s Day Suggestions - We all know it’s a bit of a toughie to know what to get your dad on Father’s day. After a year or two you find that you’ve exhausted all the gift possibilities: socks, best-dad-in-the-world-mug, slippers, aftershave. Luckily, here at Coghlans, we’re here to offer a new suggestion: why not try a Coghlans cookery course? Be not fooled, Coghlans courses remain fun and light-hearted, while at the same time educational. Get your old fella trying his hand at a Braised Lamb Shank in Herb Jus on our ‘Gastro’ course, or Lemon Grass and Coriander spiced Salmon Fillets from our ‘Thai’ cooking class. He can even have a bash at making some Macarons if he wants to....

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Burns Night

Burns Night the 25th of January Burns night is a Scottish celebration that occurs every year on the 25th of January to celebrate the birth of the poet Robert Burns. The celebrations include fantastic feasts of food, Scottish whisky and lots of traditional dancing.  It can often be referred to as the Burns Supper. Many people wear traditional clothing such as kilts and also tartan check. Burns night often calls for bagpipes; however some people just prefer the traditional music. Guests often stand waiting while the music plays on arrival. There is also certain food that is expected at a Burns Night Supper. You can expect: Haggis Mashed potatoes and Swedes Scottish Whisky Image Source: visitscotland

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