Recently, I've become less fascinated with following recipes I find online and more interested in creating my own recipes. I've drawn a blank with recipes when they don't explain why they use the ingredients they do as I like to have a good understanding of what I'm doing and the reasoning behind it.
So when I had the opportunity to attend a 'Fundamentals' cooking class at L'atelier des Chefs on Superfoods & Healthy eating, I jumped at the chance.
The recipes we cooked during the class were:
- On Garlic - Super foods
- Nutty power bars
- Moroccan inspired carrot salad
- Kale and chickpea salad
- Winter vegetable galettes
The classes are just two hours long, but lucky for me, there were just two of us so I got to ask our Chef plenty of questions! ...Like, how much of a spring onion is the part we should use?! Why should I bother to toast my spices?! or toast pine nuts before I make pesto?! ...usually I have to turn to twitter when I am opposed with such wonders!
I realised that I'm pretty much a superfood snob but thats only because I care about what I put into my body! When we were frying the galettes (rostis to the rest of us?!) we used sunflower oil - I'm a huge fan of coconut oil these days and never have an issue or notice that anything tastes of coconut when I am using it. the only other oils I use are olive oil for salads or mayonnaise and sesame oil for some asian inspired dishes.
Other than the extra food, I got to take away some new found knife skills (I now want a big knife for my kitchen); I can now chop a pepper like a bawse, shred kale with a massive knife without losing any digits and make my own garlic puree in 2 minutes with knife and some sea salt. Yup. This kinda stuff makes me feel like I'm winning at life.
All that was left to do, was plate up the food and feast...
I was off to spin class after this class so the nutty bars were perfect fuel both pre and post class until I got home to eat the rest of the food as dinner!
I'm keen to try out Knife Skills, Baking & Bread, Macaroons and Pastry & Sweet Things for starters! You can check out the full range of classes in the L'atelier des Chefs website.
What cooking classes have you been to or would like to go to?!