Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class

For Christmas last year my parent’s gave me a voucher to Pip’s Cooking School and last week I decided to use it for the Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class. The class was scheduled to run for 3 hours, but due to Pip adding some additional items to the menu to cater for a gluten-intolerant participant it ran for over 4 hours – so we definitely got our money’s worth!

The menu for the evening consisted of:

  • Pumpkin and Fetta Pizza (gluten free)
  • Quinoa Black Bean Salad
  • Honey Roast Pumpkin Pie
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce
  • Chocolate Tart (gluten free)

There were six of us in the class, and as this was the first cooking class I had ever done I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a lot of fun. It was a fairly informal setup, with everyone getting involved in making all the different dishes which were then eaten communally. This meant that to begin with it felt a little slow, as there were only one or two things that needed to be done, but as the class progressed it was most certainly all hands on deck!

The menu involved a lot of pastry, which is not something I eat a lot of, but it was definitely useful to make a few different batches as I rarely bother to make it myself. It was so easy that I will avoid buying it wherever possible now – even the gluten free version!

It was great to all sit down together with a glass of wine at the end to taste our creations – and we were pretty impressed with our efforts!

The table set ready to eat

The table set ready to eat

Quinoa and black bean salad

Quinoa and black bean salad

Stuffed zucchini and the quinoa salad

Stuffed zucchini and the quinoa salad

Roast Pumpkin tart

Roast Pumpkin Pie

At the end of the class Pip emailed us all copies of the recipes we had cooked, as well as a few others that we had talked about during the evening which was great. All in all I had a great evening, learnt some new skills and had a lot of laughs.

Have you ever done a cooking class? What new skills would you want to learn?

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