Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Keeping Myself Busy!

Our local supermarket- Atlantic Superstore - offers a weekly cooking class on Monday evenings and being the dedicated cook that I am, I signed up for a few of the classes which interested me. Last week I attended the a fabulous class on cooking Maritime Favourites in which we explored some delicious recipes based on the local fish from the sea. It was a full class and we had a great time.

So I went again last night for a class I was really looking forward to- Exploring South East Asia- which if you know anything about the area where I am right now would seem a bit bizarre. It would take you a month to find any Asian item on any local menu- well except for the so-called chinese food available in the area's chinese restaurants. Even the chef admitted that buying good quality asian ingredients is a challenge in the Maritimes. He did however offer us some useful ways to make substitutions.

Chef Richard Julien


He made three great dishes: Spicy Thai Fishcakes with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, Philippines Pork Adobo (shown below), and Vietnamese Roasted Lemongrass Chicken. All were delicious but would have been way more spicy if I had my way!

Next week we'll celebrate Octoberfest and learn how to cook a few German Dishes, and the following week is a special 'Food & Wine' evening. Can't wait!!

8 comments:

Ginnie said...

HA. I'm with you, liking my "spicy" as spicy as possible :) If you get a good German dish, make sure you post it, in case I decide to do it while here in Hannover. How fun.

hockeyman said...

You know I love Nova Scotia but lets be candid... delicious maritime recipes is an oxymoron.

rowena said...

Everything sounds so delicious! Looking forward to next week's cooking lessons. Yay Octoberfest!

Romerican said...

Bring on the Thai peppers!

Cynthia Rae said...

The food looks wonderful! Can I go with you next week?

Cyn

christina said...

That looks like so much fun! I wish our supermarkets would offer something like that.

christina said...

P.S. I'll be interested to see what German dishes they come up with.

Stelle In Italia said...

wow, adobo! my mother makes great adobo (I'm vegetarian now, but one of the only things that can make me regret my decision to become a vegetarian is my mom's adobo!)--what a reminder of home!

keep up the lessons! can't wait to hear about the oktoberfest cuisine.