|Diana, Sophie and Richard in their Avenue kit|
If you read Notes of Bacon, you will be well acquainted with the fact that I make no claim to be a chef of any sort. I'm a cook, a home cook, and I love it. I get kicks from experimenting with weird ingredients, trying out new recipes and learning new kitchen skills (in order to a. make me appear more impressive and b. cook food that actually tastes good). Therefore, you can imagine my sheer glee when I was invited by my friend Sophie at The Avenue Cookery School to take part in their International Vietnamese cooking class.