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

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.  We will also talk about her new book, Cold Kitchen, a beautiful mix of memoir, travel and food writing, told through the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Tues May 7th, 19:30 UK time

Rachel Roddy will be our guest.  She is an English born food writer and author of Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, which won the André Simon Food Book Award 2015.  Rachel has lived in Italy now for over 13 years and it will be amazing to hear about her experiences of living there.

Cookery School

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 £24 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).

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 


Forthcoming Appearances

Wednesday 15th May 

I will be in conversation with writer and book critic, Caroline Eden, at Stanfords, Covent Garden, about her new book, Cold Kitchen, a beautiful mix of memoir, travel and food writing, told through the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Unfortunately, this event is now sold out.  

Thursday 16th May 

I will be in conversation with British journalist, writer and comedian, Viv Groskop, at The Wanstead Tap in East London, about her new book, One Ukrainian Summer, a  memoir about falling in love and coming of age in the former USSR.  Tickets can be purchased here.  

Tuesday 11th June 

I wrote a short piece for Sarah Ribgy’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.  

Thursday 12th July – Sunday 14th July 

I will be doing a 3 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 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