Cook with Sonia – Kitchen Goddess

Sonia Cabano

Sonia Cabano, well-known chef, cookbook author and TV presenter, now offers a series of fun, practical cooking lessons in a beautiful house in the heart of Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof. Classes are accessible to even complete novices, while still appealing enough to seasoned cooks. Sonia teaches you handy tips and shortcuts, basic techniques, how to make variations on standard recipes, chef’s secrets and meal-planning within a budget. All this and you get to enjoy the delicious fruits of your labours too! Plus you get a free recipe folder to take home afterwards, containing all the recipes you learned during your classes.

During the holiday season Sonia also presents children’s cooking lessons, every Monday and Friday between 10h00 and 12h30, at R200 per child. The lessons cover everything from breakfasts, pizzas and pastas, breadmaking, baking and simple, healthy suppers for kids as well as basic kitchen safety.

Adult classes can accommodate between 8 to 12 persons, with corporate teambuilding workshops available on special request. Cooking lessons also make great gifts – surprise someone special in your life with a gift voucher or even book Sonia to cook for you in the privacy of your own home!

Evening classes include a welcoming drink and wine will be for sale by the bottle or case. You will take home a neat folder containing all the recipes prepared during your class. Please note that payment in full must be made upon reservation of classes, and that no refund will be made if cancellations are made.

Curriculum December January

DOMESTIC GODDESS: Wednesdays 09h00 – 12h00 R600
Master the art of the tart, learn to make perfect sweet and savoury pastry, sponge cakes, brownies, meringue, profiteroles and cheesecake

SPEEDY SUPPERS: Tuesdays 10h00 – 12h30 R350
30-Minute weekday meals – plan ahead, learn variations on dishes and balance your budget with tasty treats like
Quick chicken, prawn and chorizo paella; Sticky cashew chicken and rice; Easy Thai chicken, prawn and lime curry; Spicy lamb pittas with mint and parsley pesto; Sausage, red pepper, tomato and basil lasagne; Mediterranean baked fish with red peppers, courgette, eggplant and oregano; Tortillas with butternut, bacon and three-bean chilli, salsa, avocado and cheddar; Roast butternut, feta, bacon and red pepper pasta with basil pesto. You will learn variations on each dish, as well as how to make pantry staples like your own marinades and pestos

FABULOUS FISH Thursdays 10h00 – 12h30 R450
Make the most of fish and seafood with 8 delectable dishes everyone will enjoy – Fish curry with coconut, tomato and coriander; Marinated seafood salad with ginger-lime dressing; Salmon in puff pastry; Sicilian pasta with chilli tomato prawns; Perfect pan-fried linefish with lemon-caper-parsley butter; Thai musselpot; Seared tuna with sesame-soy-ginger dressing; Seafood risotto

FRUGAL FEASTS Thursday afternoons 14h00 – 17h00 R500 Minimum booking 8 persons
Entertaining on a shoestring budget – with the holidays upon us and purse strings tighter than we’d like them to be, knowing how to entertain within your budget is a necessary skill. Spoil your loved ones with sensational dishes that are easy to make, look fabulous and taste divine. We don’t need caviar and champagne to celebrate!

Canapes: Thai fishcakes with lime-coriander dip; Chicken larb (spicy minced chicken) in lettuce cups; Caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tarlets; Seasoned popcorn

Mains: Slow-roast leg of lamb with pittas, rich tomato sauce and tzatziki; Chinese braised pork neck; Sweet and sticky chicken drumsticks; Marinated seafood salad with lime-ginger-coriander dressing

Sides: Asian coleslaw; Perfect potato salad; Three tomato and fresh herb pasta salad or Tuscan bean salad with olives; Avocado, feta, beetroot and pea salad with honey-mustard dressing

Sweets: Tarte tatin – French apple tart; Banana-mango-nectarine brulee

LAZY WEEKEND BRUNCH Tuesday afternoons 14h00 – 17h00 and Saturday mornings 10h00 – 13h00 R450
Summer weekends are perfect for lazing around a table groaning under an array of tempting treats. Learn to make:
The best Bloody Mary; Healthy berry smoothies; Perfect creamy scrambled eggs; Mexican eggs with tortillas, avocado and coriander or Eggs Benedict – easy Hollandaise; Buttermilk pancakes with bananas and creme fraiche; Champagne sausages; Honey-sesame bacon rolls; Rosti with smoked salmon trout, avocado and rocket; Home-made cranberry and coconut granola; Chilli-mint-lemon grilled halloumi or Red pepper, feta and bacon frittata; Grilled nectarines with cinnamon ginger mascarpone or Banana-mango brulee

LOOKING AFTER NUMBER ONE! Wednesday evenings 18h00 – 20h30 R350 minimum 8 persons
Relax with a glass of wine during a fun-filled evening class in how to plan, budget and shop for a week’s worth of fabulous, easy to cook meals for one. Cooking for one allows for the occasional treat, and clever planning helps you to minimize wastage. Sonia shows you the benefits of planning ahead, savvy shopping, and how marinating saves time while boosting flavour.

Chop-chop chicken pie with mushrooms, cream and white wine; Sticky cashew chicken with broccoli, spring onion and carrot julienne; Crumber pork neck schnitzel with spaghetti napoletana; Hoisin stir-fried pork with cashews, pineapple and green pepper; 20-minute seafood soup; Seafood risotto; Banana caramel pancakes; Spinach, basil, ricotta and red pepper canneloni with quick tomato sauce

EAT.STAY.CAPETOWN Special packages featuring accommodation and cooks’ tours :
Savouring the tastes and flavours unique to Cape Town takes on a whole new dimension with Sonia Cabano’s
tailor-made COOKS’ TOURS. Stay overnight in stylish, comfortable self-catering apartments in the heart of trendy Tamboerskloof at only R500 per person per night and join Sonia in the kitchen for some hands-on cooking lessons – see curriculum above for weekday availability and fees.

THE COOKS’ TOURS WITH SONIA CABANO include a minimum stay of TWO nights at R500 per person per night, and a tailor-made tour at R850 per person of shopping expeditions to select wine farms, organic vegetable farms, an olive oil producer, slow-food markets and spice merchants in the heart of historic Bo-Kaap. Weather permitting, a trip to Kalk Bay harbour for fresh fish will be included.

THE COOK’S TOURS WITH SONIA CABANO includes one cooking lesson, to be selected from the day’s regular programme and charged for accordingly.

Sonia is available to cook privately for guests, please enquire about menus and fees directly via email

Please note that a 50% non-refundable deposit is required on confirmation of booking.

Please contact Sonia Cabano on 071 674 0222 or email to book cooking lessons
To book accommodation, contact Doreen de Waal on 083 658 6975 or email

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