May 4, 2009

Cooking 101: Part 3

And just as we were comfortable cooking and being around everyone, the last "Learn to Cook" class at Prep Kitchen Essentials in Seal Beach came to an end last Wednesday. [Here's part 1 and part 2.]

But boy did we go out with a bang.

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (60)

On the menu were Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Beef Braised in a Red Wine Sauce with Vegetables, Jasmine Rice Pilaf, and Smoked Paprika and Black Olive Deviled Eggs.

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (18)

All the tasks get divvied up and everyone was attending to different things. But we were all chopping, slicing and dicing together at one point. I took charge of the Deviled Eggs since I've never actually made them before. Aurora came to assist as, for a change, she is a one-time veteran!

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (6)

The braised beef, once it was in the oven, smelled sooooo good it drove any of us standing at the stove top bonkers. Unfortunately, the appetizer of Deviled eggs actually got finished last. Whoops.

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (63)

But the food were great. I brought my regular size bottle of wine and shared with half the class. Aurora and I ended up chatting up with Elizabeth over more wine after class for a little while.

Some of us are so addicted to Elizabeth's casual teaching style that we want back for more. Actually, Aurora and I are returning for one more bout tomorrow for the French Bistro Favorites. Like you can say no to the thought of steak and blue cheese sauce and potato gratin!

Why aren't you taking a class yet? :)

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (23)

prepkitchen_basic_day3 (70)

2 comments:

Ginger said...

Fun group- I hope to take another class with Elizabeth this summer with my daughters. Maybe we'll see you there!

pook N' house said...

Change the career, Oakley !! P"House's future restaurant need a kick butt head chef/partner.