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

Thurs March 14th, 19:30 UK time

Pysanky – An Easter special talk with British born Ukrainian Paul Luniw, a pysanka master/expert.  Please see VIDEO

Tue March 19th, 19:30 UK time

The Writing Club – I will be joined by cookbook writer and chef, Ed Smith.  Ed has published 4 books, On the Side, Good Eggs, Crave, and The Borough Market Cookbook.

Tues April 23rd, 19:30 UK time

Award winning writer and literary critic, Caroline Eden, will join me in conversation.  Caroline is the author of several books, including Samarkand, Black Sea and Red Sands.

Further dates to be confirmed.

Cookery School

Tues March 26th, 19:30 UK time

Poppyseed strudel using ready pastry (if you can’t be bothered to do a yeasted roll for Easter)

Tuesday May 21st, 19:30 UK time

New potatoes Ukrainian-style and Ukrainian pork (or chicken) escalopes in batter; cauliflower fritters for vegetarians

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 either the dumplings that we’ve made, or, if it’s a fermentation class, a variety of ferments, freshly baked solid malt sourdough, ohirkivka soup and a main. Organic wine and beer and homemade kvas will be on offer too. You will receive a big 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 plenty left over.

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

Dumpling Workshops

Learn how to fold Gul Khanum and Manty (Central Asia); Varenyky (Ukraine); Khinkali and Kurze (Caucaus).

Friday March 15th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm (date tbc)

Saturday April 20th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday May 4th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm


Georgian Dumpling & Georgian Ferments

Saturday May 11th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm 


BBC Radio 4 Inside Health appearance, on fermentation in Ukraine

Patreon Online Fermentation Classes and Videos