I don’t claim to be much of a cook or even to enjoy it very much. but it’s a necessary evil and one might as well make the best of it. Dare I say – have some fun with it?
I do like a challenge though, so sometimes I like to try something new and interesting even if it’s in the kitchen.
My friend here in McCune, Elizabeth, had a birthday on Thursday. We both have cabin fever from staying in all winter so decided to celebrate by going somewhere ……… anywhere! But where to go in McCune Kansas?
Elizabeth knew about a French cooking teacher in Eureka Springs Arkansas who was having some classes this weekend.
Elizabeth loves to cook and is very good at it. HD would walk 100 miles to eat her cooking – any day of the week.
Me? Well I’m always happy to do just about anything that takes me out of McCune. And after all – it WAS Elizabeth’s birthday.
The Hands-On class on Saturday was full but there were 2 openings on Friday for the demonstration class. We booked the date and on Friday I left the house at 6:30 AM to drive 3 hours to watch a cooking demonstration with Karen Gros, and then gobble up the goodies:
Mediterranean Crispy Lentil & Quinoa Salad
Beef Stroganoff with Shiitake Mushrooms over Buckwheat Kasha
Cherry Linzer Torte with a Sweet Almond Pastry Crust
Karen did a fabulous demo and the food was really delicious. We met some very nice and friendly people and in general had a wonderful time. She cooks with everyday pots and pans and dishes just like a normal person. No fancy gadgets and paraphernalia that I don’t have and probably never will.
And just in case you think I spelled that word wrong……….I looked it up. I always thought it was paraphenalia but it’s not. ParapheRnalia is the correct word. According to Merriam- Webster.
Karen also introduced us to a local store where you can buy the MOST delicious, pure, and wholesome Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. Who knew there were so many ways to flavor olive oil and vinegar?! Coconut vinegar anyone? Oh yes! It’s yummy. How about lemon infused olive oil? I could go on and on but I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the lovely possibilities.
Hey! I didn’t say I didn’t like Eating!
If you would like to meet Karen and see some of her recipes, you can see her here. www.cuisinekaren.com How would you like to go on a cooking trip to France? Maybe cooking could be fun after all. Hhhhhmmmmm
It was an all around cooking day. I had made an apron for Elizabeth’s birthday gift, so she’s all set to try the Stroganoff at home. Or better yet – the Torte!
I’m ready with the coffee E!