I`m very pleased to announce I am now teaching cooking classes at the beautiful new Cook Culture shop in downtown Victoria at the corner of Blanshard and Yates. My first class was Pasta 101, as you can see at the left. Once I showed the basics, my students cranked out fresh pappardelle for duck ragu, spaghetti for a light prosciutto and lemon zest sauce, and wide pasta we stuffed with roasted squash and cut into tortelli served with a buttery sage sauce.
After that, Stews and Ragus found me creating savoury, simmering dishes, and Candice Schultz of Writing Victoria wrote a great account of the class on the Cook Culture Blog.
This coming Thursday, December 2nd, I will teach my last class before Christmas on Italian appetizers called antipasti. There are still some spaces left in the class, where you will learn how to make Italian classics like caponata and fennel and orange salad along with some of my own special creations.
If you don`t have time to take a class this coming week, you can plan for the new year, or perhaps purchase a gift certificate for a class as an excellent Christmas package. Over January to March, I`m offering six different classes at Cook Culture, which include: Sunny Sicily, Northern Italy, Romantic Roman (in time for Valentine`s Day), Pasta 101 and Simple Italian Charcuterie. These classes should be on the Cook Culture website soon, or you should really try to drop into the store as I`m sure you`ll find many other great gift ideas. They`re at 1317 Blanshard Street, in the Atrium Building. Hope to see you soon at Cook Culture! You can also order a class over the phone at 250-590-8161.