Nicole’s Table, Antigua
I first heard of Nicole’s Table while watching ITV’s recent series with Jamaican chef, Ainsley Harriott. Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen dedicated 2 episodes to Antigua on his culinary tour. It was here that he visited Nicole in a hilltop location and made a rum butter cake at her cookery school. I was very keen to go along on my next visit to Antigua.
Booking the course online is a smooth process via the website for Nicole’s Table. The response is prompt and a deposit is taken by bank card.
There are several cookery courses to choose from. Each one starts at 11am and finishes around 3pm …
- Cooking with rum
- All about jerk
- From the sea
The Fish Cookery Class – ‘From the Sea’.
Nicole welcomes guests on arrival and serves fresh juice on her verandha while waiting for other guests to arrival. The far reaching views are stunning.
It is a pleasure to be somewhere with such warm and welcoming people. Everyone chats together and gets to know one other. As we chop, mix and stir, home made, old fashioned rum punch is served and enjoyed by all.
During the hands on cookery class we made included crisp green plantain chips. These are fried in oil and lightly salted.
The chips are particularly good when topped with this flavourful pineapple salsa…
We learnt how to make wanton cups from ripened plantain …
and later filled them with spicy prawns…
While the salmon cooks, Adam, Nicole’s husband, educates us with an optional, short rum tasting class. This is lots of fun and extremely interesting. I highly recommend it. A selection of French, Spanish and English rums are tasted. Some are smooth and easy on the palate, others burn as they go down. One of the rums, their local English Harbour Port Cask Finish Rum, is paired with dark chocolate and complements it beautifully.
The Blackened Salmon
Once all the dishes have been cooked the food is served outside. All guests dine together, enjoying all the flavourful food created during the day. The meal ends with a very alcoholic rum tiramisu!
On leaving the course, a recipe book is provided, including all the dishes made that day.
Beyond the verandah of Nicole and Adam’s home, steps lead down to a studio. This is available for rent as bed and breakfast accommodation. This peaceful location with far reaching views, is an ideal place to stay as a single person or a couple. You may wish to stay for a night or two, maybe longer. Be sure to sign up to a couple of the highly recommended cookery courses while you are here.