If you have been following my Instagram then you have seen multiple cooking class pictures of me and Camera Man. We signed up for a 6 week course, Techniques of Cooking, at Cambridge School Of culinary arts.
Each week we learn a new technique: knife skills, eggs, stocks and soups, braising, stewing, blanquettes, roasting, grilling, sautéing , and finally sauces. I am making food I never dreamed of making, and eating food I never thought I would eat! Going into this course I told myself I would be open minded and try all the food we make. I have eaten pork, red meat, and tons of salt and butter! This is not the way I normally do, or would eat, but it actually feel nice and different. The image below is me being very proud of my raspberry lemon soufflé. I can't wait to make this again. It was so light and airy and just perfectly sweet without being to much. The main ingredient: EGG WHITES!
Below: First time I ever made (and ate) short ribs!!!! This is not something I would probably eat in the near future, just not my thing, BUT I did enjoy the experience of making and eating it.
This past week I tried (for the first time) one of the most delicious foods, scotch eggs. Have you ever tried this? I had not even heard of it before the course. The recipe from our class asks for fennel seed and coriander. We did deep fry the scotch egg, BUT I asked the chef how to make it at home or how to avoid deep frying and he said put on a skillet with oil for a little then put in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. Below is a sampling of all the foods we made this past Sunday.
- The Scotch Egg are circled in black.
- The dish that I made, Roasted Chicken au jus and Quinoa with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, is circled in red.
- The Indian Flavored Roasted Vegetables were so yummy (to the left of the scotch egg)
- In the center: Honey Spiced Pork Roast with Fennel and Fruit Compote.
- left of quinoa: Diablo Skirt Steak with Fresh Tomato Salsa
- green arrow is Grilled Sword Fish Verde
Camera Man was the only one that got assigned to baking out of the group. Even though this was his first time baking in class, he did really well. He is SO precise and accurate when following recipes, making him perfect for baking. He made Grilled Cranberry- Orange Zinfandel Bread. It is a cross between a scone and a muffin and IT IS INCREDIBLE. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving. I will end up sharing the recipe with you.