My First Cooking Class!

PC Black Label Cooking Class at Loblaws St. Clair West

Last Tuesday, I went to my very first cooking class!!  As much as I love food and dining out, I don’t cook enough and when I do, I actually really think that my creations are fairly yummy (biased much, I know!).  Haha.  I remember when I made food for these monthly potluck parties that my friends and I used to have and I would choose a recipe from the Internet and have a blast making it.

When the opportunity to join a President’s Choice Hands-On Black Label cooking class at the Loblaws Cooking School came up, I grabbed it by the reins and registered.  I registered back in late March since these cooking classes fill up very quickly.  Fast forward two months later and here I was in the class and learning how to whip up a meal.

The cooking kitchen had one of those mirrors you see on TV cooking shows where you can see what the chef is making on top

Loblaws Cooking School!

To my surprise, the chef taught us how to make five (count ’em, F-I-V-E) items that night in the span of 3 hours!  I was impressed!  Considering that the course was only $25, we were provided with all the ingredients, we got to learn and make the food ourselves, eat everything we made, and also leave with a goodie bag with select materials that we used in the cooking process made for an amazing deal.  You can’t even get a prix fixe meal at a good restaurant for that price sometimes.  I was very excited to learn and uber happy that I chose this cooking class.

Chef Heather quickly outlined for us the five items we would be making:

  1. Asian Inspired Shrimp Salad
  2. Grilled Harissa-rubbed Rack of Lamb
  3. Grilled Panzanella Salad
  4. Grilled Peaches with Pistachio Oil and Basil
  5. Strawberry Gin Lemonade

Due to the limitations of the kitchen and the lack of liquor license of the supermarket, we didn’t grill the lamb and salad, but we placed it into the oven to bake.  Also, we pan fried the peaches and substituted the gin with lemonade and water. ^_^

The making of the Asian Inspired Shrimp Salad: Chopping up ginger, tomatoes, cucumbers, fish sauce, sesame oil, and mixing it all together

Prepping for the Grilled Panzanella Salad

2 types of Grilled Panazella Salad — one that was overburnt in the oven and one that was made properly

Mixing up a dip for the peaches:  honey and creme fraiche

Cutting up the peaches, mashing up the pistachios, and then pan frying it

We worked in teams of 4 and cycled between preparing and cooking the dish and eating it together in a long table at the back of the room (which I thought was a nice touch).  We all worked together, followed the recipes, delegated tasks to each other to get everything done.  I believe we were one of the fastest teams to get the work done each and every time, haha… not that it really mattered, but we had a member on our team who was very experienced and organized so that kept things moving along well well.  It was my first time in a cooking class so I’m glad that there was someone in my team who knew what to do.

The food we made:

Asian Inspired Shrimp Salad

Grilled Harissa-rubbed Rack of Lamb & Grilled Panzanella Salad

Strawberry Gin Lemonade

Grilled Peaches with Pistachio Oil and Basil

In the end, I really enjoyed the class.  We were surprised with a goodie bag with four PC Black Label products along with all the recipe cards from the dishes that we made.  It was quite impressive!  All the sample products were in full size too!

Three out of our team of four. Good job, guys!

Have you been to a cooking class before?  What was your experience like?  I heard that for these Loblaw cooking classes, the Hands-on ones are the best since you get to be involved in the cooking!  The other classes are demo-based. 🙂  I’ll be sure to be on the lookout for more of these classes since I really like having fun and eating!

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About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and a really silly person if you get to know me well enough. =)
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8 Responses to My First Cooking Class!

  1. andy1076 says:

    OMG they all look so good! five dishes in three hours is no small feat 🙂 and of course as always a bright beautiful smile from the happy chef! 🙂

  2. Carmen says:

    This is awesome. I want to take cooking classes when I get home next year too. 🙂

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