Last night Ross & I had our first cooking class. It is a 4 week class through the loacal WEA called International Gourmet Vegetarian. The instructor is a lady called Natalie Playford who has this amazing wealth of knowledge of all things vegetarian and all things cooking. The first class was just a demonstration of various dishes and cooking techniques, with a bucket load of information thrown into the mix. The food was absolutely devine. Things I would never in a million years have thought of cooking on my own I was eating and can not wait to try the recipes.
The first thing she made was a Gnocchi Alla Romana. Now I hate Gnocchi. To me, potato and pasta should never be combined in any way shape or form. However this Gnocchi -not a potato in sight. It was so delicious. Easy to cook, although a little time consuming, but if I am cooking for friends I am more than happy to spend a day in the kitchen. I can't wait to make it myself.
Then she made Chai Marsala. I was a little confused when I saw this on the list - how hard is it to make Chai? But she made it from scratch, with real fresh spices straight out of their pods. And Oh - My - God.... I don't think I'll ever be able to have chai from a tea bag again...
Next up, roasted vegetable frittata. I actually thought this was going to be really heavy because the main veg were potato and sweet potato. But it ended up really light, although I would imagine quite filling. Megan, if you are reading this, I'll be trying this on Thursday night. :o)
Last of all a Pea & Couscous salad. I'll be honest, I had no intention of trying this. But now I am planning on taking it for my salad for Saturday nights pot luck dinner with my work mates. Sensational!
The best thing I think we are going to get from this course is trying different flavour combinations. Natalie uses a lot of herbs and spices in her cooking, the same as us, so I can't wait to learn more. Next week we make 3 recipes. Ross & I are going to make them together since that is how we cook at home. We are doing sushi, indian spiced beans then we get a choice of a tofu recipe or an antipasto recipe. Since we cook with tofu all the time we are going to try a couple of the antipasto recipes, including home made hommus. And next week I will have photos. I can not wait!
The other thing that came out of this class is that Ross is seriously considering becoming vegetarian as well. He only eats meat about twice a week as it is, and red meat now leaves him feeling quite lethargic. I am not going to push, but if he joins me as a vego I think that will be awesome!
PS - We have already signed up for Natalies next class in May which is Gournet Vegetarian. 4 more weeks of more of her amazing recipes.