What’s on: workshops and appearances

Dear friends,

I run an online cookery classes, which now has 50+ cookery videos and recorded Zoom workshops, including two on fermentation. To sign up, please go to my The Food That Makes Us: Online Cookery School

The Zoom Classes (available through my Patreon subscription £35 for live, and £10 or £2 for the recording) will be held on:

The Writing Club

Tuesday June 18th, 19:30 UK time

Guest to be announced.

Cookery School

Tuesday June 25th, 19:30 UK time

I will be joined by co-founder and kefir queen, Sam of Ki Kefir, a traditional kefir company based in East Sussex, where they have been making real kefir using traditional practises for over 6 years.  This workshop will be educational and interactive.  Sam will teach us how to ferment milk to create a probiotic-rich beverage and also how to incorporate different flavours.   I will also talk about how I use kefir in my own cooking and share some recipes. Tickets available here.

More Writing Club and Cookery Club dates will be announced soon.


In person workshops at my home in East London

These are a part workshop and part feast, where I serve you a beautiful lunch or dinner, with lots of ferments and salads.  Organic wine and beer and homemade kvas will be on offer too. You will receive a pack of recipes and will also be able to take some food home. I provide Kilner jars for all the ferments, so you will be going home with the ferments that you’ve made and extra little bits.  For the dumplings, we always advise to bring a container as there is always plenty left over.

The classes cost £120 plus £24 VAT. To book, please email Maria on cookwith@oliahercules.com.


Saturday June 22nd, 10:30 am – 2.30 pm (last one before the summer) 

Ukrainian Dumplings and Ukrainian Ferments

We will make two shapes of Ukrainian dumplings and some Ukrainian style ferments.  The workshop will finish with a dumpling, salad and ferment feast with wine. Most dietaries apart from gluten intolerance can be catered for. This class is vegan-friendly.  Kilner jars are provided.

Forthcoming Appearances

Monday 27th May 11:30 am

BBC World Service Radio, The Conversation, Soil in the City

Datshiane Navanayagam, Kenyan Creative JC Niala and I talk about allotments, why we love them, why we love to grow food, and the camaraderie among gardeners.  If you miss it, the programme will be available after broadc. st.


Tuesday 11th June 

I wrote a short piece for Sarah Rigby’s new book, This Allotment, and will be part of a panel discussion at The Garden Museum to talk about growing, eating and nurturing, and of course my own personal allotment experience.  Tickets available here.


Thursday 12th July – Saturday 13th July 

I will be doing a 2 day pop up at Joyau in East London.  More details to follow.


Saturday 20th July 

I will be doing a demonstration at the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Food Festival followed by a book signing.  Tickets can be purchased here.


BBC World Service Radio, The Conversation

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health appearance, on fermentation in Ukraine

Patreon Online Fermentation Classes and Videos

An Interview with Pysanka Master Pavlo Luniw aka Father Paul