- Fresh pasta dough
- Scalloped potatoes
- Cranberry pecan rice pilaf
- Zucchini parmesan latkes
- Sun-dried tomato risotto
I was beyond excited when I heard that we were making fresh pasta dough as I had never done that before! My husband’s aunt gave us with a pasta maker over a year ago and we haven’t even touched it. With my “experience,” we’re planning to make pasta this weekend or next with homemade pesto.
Now my favourite part – making fresh pasta
We made both fetuccini and angelhair.
Fresh pasta is best served with delicate sauces where the texture of the pasta can take front stage (like above), whereas dry pasta is best suited for hearty dishes like ragu sauces, soups, and casseroles since its firm structure will hold up better with other ingredients. (Source) Store fresh pasta in the fridge and use within two to three days. Dried pasta, of course, can be stored (pretty much) indefinitely.
Unfortunately this was the last class I could take before leaving for Québec City. I shared some of the great food we made with my family at home:
Many thanks to Chef Anthony and Home Chef School for making my first cooking class experience so much fun, informative, and filling! At one point during this starches class, a lady from Culinaria Restaurant came in the kitchen and asked me, “Oh dear, what’s that on your neck?”
In my head I thought, What? What thing on my neck? I felt that comfortable in there that I even forgot that I had a broken neck and a neck brace on! I then snapped out of it and told her my little story.
As my culinary adventures now continue in Québec City where I currently live with my husband (and where 95% of people speak French as their first language), I plan to take more cooking classes. (Of course, being the hyper-planner that I am, I’ve already looked all of them up online.) As of now I’m going to French school to improve on my French – maybe next month I will be functional enough to survive a cooking class! #goals
UPDATE, October 2015: I did it!
Home Chef School at Culinaria Restaurant is located at 5732 Kennedy Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1T1. They run various cooking classes year-round (except during the summer) for adults (including couples), kids, teens, and office groups of all levels.