While living at home I was able to experiment with expensive ingredients, fry, flambé and finesse without having to worry too much about consequences because I would only cook once a week.
Now, however, I’m constantly searching for variety, for alternatives to pasta and for inexpensive ingredients but every now and then it’s nice to treat yourself, so I booked myself into a class at Sydney Seafood School.
I’ve been to a handful of cooking demonstrations before and even once cooked one of the recipes when I got home but Sydney Seafood School was a much more interactive and ultimately fun course! Of course I’m sure your course will depend in part to the Chef du jour, we lucked out with Andy Evans of Spice Temple.
The recipes provided were, intentionally and oddly, spice free (apparently he had some complaints after the a previous class).
We watched Andy prepare two dishes, a pipis dish and a prawn stir-fry, quickly and effortlessly before moving into the kitchens and trying it ourselves. This was actually super exciting – not only were we forced to try the recipes but all the ingredients were laid out like a cooking show and Mr Evans was able to provide helpful tips and pointers while you cooked!
My Auntie and I were in charge of the pipis. There was no prep so less room for stress and you got to bond with other members of the class through the shared experience. At the end of a carefully prepared meal we got to sit down and enjoy our meal accompanied by a nice glass of wine.
The whole thing was really unexpectedly brilliant, very different from your average cooking demonstration. Having cooked it once during the class I was far less intimidated picking it up again when I got home… As you see we went a bit nuts!
Since moving to Canberra, seafood is understandably more expensive so I’ve taken to cooking Mr Evan’s pipi dish with Mussels. I’ve even got it to a fine art – 500g of Mussels per person plus a few loaves of crusty bread – AMAZING! The whole thing usually works out to be about $6 a head for a fresh and fabulous dinner and has even inspired me to make my own Spicy tomato mussels – which I will share with you shortly.
** this is not a sponsored post – I just really liked my visit and wanted to share it with you**