Learning to Cook!!

Stack your steak!

Stack your tart!

So much fun!!

My Glugs and I were invited by Pick n Pay, along with a few other Twits, to attend an “Easy Entertaining” cooking class at their Good Food Studio at the brand new PnP on Nicol.

The Good Food Studio was like something out of a TV show! It is fabulously laid out and all done up in chrome with gas stoves and HUGE ovens… I was in love. We were sitting eating towards the end of the evening and my hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I said “This…” and showed him the whole room! 😛

So there were eight of us Twitter folk in the class, and when it started Nicky who was presenting showed us how to make the dessert! My kind of cooking- dessert first!! We weren’t going to be making our own dessert as this was an almond tart, so a big one was made that we would be sharing. I learnt a lot from watching Nicky, inlcuding how you can keep your pastry tart base from puffing up in the centre using rice!!

We were then showed to our respective cooking stations, and when we were told that whoever had the roll of puff pastry would not be cooking the steak my hubby very quickly switched places with me! 😀

I did miniature upside down tarts with a divine glazed mushroom stuffing which we topped with goats cheese and broadleaf parsley for a starter. Whilst I was busy preparing them, one of the veggie dishes was in the oven- sweet potato wedges with sesame oil and sea salt! Once the mushroom tarte tatin came out of the oven Glugs and some of the other learner-chefs had to put their Fillet Tagliata in the oven- fillet steaks, along with cherry tomatoes which were tossed in olive oil, garlic and rosemary and roasted whole next to the steaks!

We had our muchroom starters, and then the steaks were done and Nicky showed us how they had to be plated (presented) which we then each had to attempt… with varying degrees of success. 😛 The Steak was served on top of the sweet potatoe wedges, topped with the cherry tomatoes, garnised with rocket and accompanied by steamed fresh asparagus! Divine! It didn’t look like a lot of food but I was really full and I couldn’t finish it all!

Then it was time for dessert… Oh my word!! It was a gawjissly beautiful golden brown almond tart served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a fresh strawberry… it tasted as mouth watering as it sounds let me tell you something!!

My Glugs and I definitely want to head back to the school sometime, they have sushi classes too and we had an absolute blast!

Ooh, and looking down into the store from the cooking school made for a different view indeed, and whilst its huge- the size of a Hypermarket- they only sell groceries! I’ve been back to the store since and I love it! All kinds of things that my recipe books call for that I couldn’t get my grubby paws on before are now available at this store!

PS You can read Justin McCall’s post here

10 thoughts on “Learning to Cook!!

  1. oh that sounds fun – I’d love to do that. Of course I’d have to be around more. I always cook when i am home on the weekends but lately have been a boring cook just haven’t had the time to try out new things as much as i used too – so much then when i did try something just from my imagination hubby was like “wow feeling creative?”

  2. Sounds like an amazing time. I’m very seriously considering signing myself & hubbyparkins up for one of these classes as a birthday/anniversary gift next year. He’s hinted at wanting to do something like it and you know me – it’s all about the food and company, so it would be perfect!
    .-= MeeA´s last blog ..Almost Christmas Again =-.

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