Smoky Jo Food Smoking Course Reviewed In Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Stella

October 14th, 2010

Quite an eventful weekend… as well as six delightful guests enjoying sausage-making, fishing (those that weren’t too cold) and smoking , we marked 10:10:10 am on 10/10/10.  George had set an alarm on the computer.  Some would say she’s a little nutty…

But what I really want to share is the review in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Stella.  Thanks Roz! We enjoyed meeting you and your other half and are delighted you enjoyed your weekend with us.

"An appetite for learning" Ten of the top cookery courses reviewed - including Smoky Jo's!

"An appetite for learning" Ten of the top cookery courses reviewed - including Smoky Jo's!


‘Smoky’ Jo and Georgina, who run this course from their Westmorland barn with stunning views over Cumbria, are warm, funny hosts with a seemingly boundless love for the art of smoking food. By the end of the course you can’t help but feel the same. Their previous smokehouse supplied award-winning foods to Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols, as well as smoking privately for the Prince of Wales, so what they don’t know on the subject is not worth knowing.

They do one- and two-day courses, and I opted for the latter. First we learnt the theory of smoking, including brining and salting. Next we put a side of salmon, bulbs of garlic, and pieces of stilton, cheddar and brie to cold-smoke throughout the day in a (slightly customised) filing-cabinet. Yes, a filing cabinet. Meanwhile, we spent the rest of the morning making our own sausages, which in my case were flavoured with stilton, apple, chive and tarragon, and put them in another drawer of the filing-cabinet. In the afternoon we went off fishing to catch trout, which we smoked the next day with various other items, before an epic tasting culminating in a late lunch washed down with prosecco. The sausages in particular were incredible, and in all we smoked and ate about 15 types of food, including chicken, mussels, prawns, nuts, olives and local black pudding.

The girls teach you several different techniques, from hob-top smoking in your kitchen to fabulous Willy Wonka-style home-made devices, as well as talking you through the various purpose-built smokers on the market. The delicious smells and the fabulous end products make smoking a fun, festive way to prepare food, and I am now on the look out for an unsuspecting filing-cabinet. One-Day Smoking, £99, Two-Day Smoking, £199; Smoky Jo’s, Shap, Cumbria (01931 716638; B&B also available.
Roz Spiers

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