Total Greek Yoghurt Masterclass with TV Chef Paul Merrett

A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Total Greek Yoghurt kindly invited me to London for a Cookery Master Class with TV Chef Paul Merrett. I joined 15 other bloggers at the Italian cookery school La Cucina Caldesi to make some of Pauls yoghurty recipes.

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Total Greek Yoghurt have recently launched 1000 Ways to Love your Total - they have added 1000 brand new recipes and serving suggestions for Greek Yoghurt. I'm a big fan of Greek yoghurt, often using it as a cream substitute in recipes like Eton Less, so I'm delighted there's 1000 new ideas for inspiration.

The bloggers split into four teams of four - I was on a team with these lovely ladies (below left to right) Alice from An Essex Wife, Clare from The Vegetarian Experience and Miriam from Miriam Nice. Together we made a three course meal with each recipe containing Total Greek Yoghurt as an ingredient.

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For starters we made Fresh and Smoked Salmon Rillette with wholemeal toast. Rillette is traditionally a meaty, fatty, salty pate-type dish. This salmon rillette was fresh, light and completely delicious. The mixture of fresh and smoked salmon meant it was not too salty.

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Main course was a tasty Spiced Butternut Tagine with Fennel Seed Yoghurt. The cool Greek yoghurt was mixed with fennel seeds and used as a sort of 'side dip' which was a great contrast to the spicy tagine. Paul made cauliflower cous cous to accompany the tagine, which was simply steamed cauliflower which had been blitzed up in a food processor. Very clever, and a good one for wheat intolerant friends.

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Dessert was Semolina Sponge Cake with Almonds, Hazelnuts, Greek Yoghurt and Honey. The cake was sweet, dense and syrup soaked. Tangy Greek yoghurt made a great partner for the cake, lighter and fresher than cream. I was so full, regretfully I only managed a couple of mouthfuls of this delicious cake.

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One of the reasons I was unable to finish my cake was probably because we were all given a delicious raspberry topped Greek Yoghurt Panacotta to try when we arrived. It was scrummy and I quickly devoured it with out an ounce of guilt as Greek yoghurt has far less fat than cream. I love the idea of serving Panacotta in a little jar like this as well - so cute.

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Big thank you to Total Greek Yoghurt for inviting me, I had a fantastic time leaning new recipes and making new friends. Big thanks to Paul as well who is just as lovely and helpful in real life as he is on the telly.

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This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to this event and received a Total Greek Yoghurt goodie bag.