With a couple of months of home entertainment ahead of us, thoughts are turning to exploring new hobbies and discovering new skills to keep busy. Step forward YORStory, which has launched a series of interactive food and drink themed weekly Thursday night workshops to celebrate rich storytelling and provide light relief, entertainment and a little education from the comfort and safety of your own home.
These are experiences to be enjoyed together - attendees can sign up solo and meet others who share their interests or sign up as a group and use it as a fun way to connect with friends, loved ones or workmates.
Throughout the masterclasses there’s a live chat with no question too basic or geeky for the expert hosts to answer, from obscure questions on yeast strains and barrel staves to how to measure and use spices for different effects - guests can also discover more about things personal to them, whether that is the meaning of an old family recipe or more about a favoured bottle of whisky or how to stop their choux coming out soggy.
The sessions kick off tomorrow - Thursday 14th January - with a workshop on The Story of Scotch & Your Favourite Drams, a night of whisky tasting and story telling hosted by Billy Abbott and Rachel McCormack. The rest of the line up includes
Thursday 21st January - Skill up on all things CHOUX Pastry! Hosted by award-winning Glawegian pastry chef Helen Vass - Cookery masterclass and story-telling to help you make the perfect choux.
Thursday 28th January - Reading lives through recipes, a talk and extended Q&A hosted by food historian, author and panellist on Radio 4's The Kitche Cabinet Dr Annie Gray, as she explores the lives of two historical chefs through their cookbooks.
Thursday 4th February An evening (nearly) in Trinidad by food writer Franka Philip (pictured), a cookery masterclass and culinary story-telling live from Trinidad where you'll not only cook a delicious feast but learn some of the secrets or Trinidadian cuisine.
Thursday 4th March - How to create the perfect recipe while cooking, hosted by Romy Gill - like Ready Steady, Cook, at home but with all your ingredients in advance! Enjoy a cook-a-long with Romy as she prepares her famed dahl, paratha and lamb gosht.
Each workshop costs £12.99. Times vary so check www.yorstories.com for full details and to sign up.