Festive (British) Cooking Class

I love to cook. I am not particularly good at it, nor would I call my husband and I “foodies” – we just like to eat. #sorryimnotsorry…So when I discovered that a friend with whom I volunteer here in Dubai was a fabulous chef/caterer and held small cooking classes in her home from time to time, I was on board. I rang her to check availability for a girlfriend and myself for her holiday cooking class, and we were set! Here was the menu for the evening:

imageMy friend, Viriginia, a fellow American and I were unaccustomed to puddings and parsnip purees (can I get an Amen for pecan pie and mashed potatoes?!), but we were game to try something new! The other ladies in the class were from the UK and Australia, so we figured we were in good company 🙂

Virginia's finished plating

Virginia’s finished plating

Prepping the stuffed turkey breast

Prepping the stuffed turkey breast

Virginia dusting the steamed pudding (same as "figgy pudding"??) with icing sugar

Virginia dusting the steamed pudding (same as “figgy pudding”??) with icing sugar

Plating the salmon appetizer

Plating the salmon appetizer

The lovely date and citrus pudding - how British!

The lovely date and citrus pudding – how British!

The class was great! Rebecca breezed through the recipes and really gave some great cooking hints along the way – I am still blown away by her huge kitchen and amazing repertoire of cooking gadgets – my own kitchen here is a tad small and leaves much to be desired. That being said, I did manage to prepare the stuffed turkey breast this evening (with some jasmine rice – no parsnips this evening for the Blantons), and I’ve got to toot my own horn: it was great! Virginia’s family is also coming into town for the Christmas holidays, and we vowed to try to replicate the Christmas pie….stay tuned on that one! Have great weekends, and until next time…

Side note: if you’re local to Dubai and interested either in Rebecca’s cooking classes and/or volunteering with All 4 Down Syndrome Dubai, leave a note in the comments, and I’ll get in touch with you with the contact information!

Think we can manage to recreate such a delicious treat for our families??

Think we can manage to recreate such a delicious treat for our families??

 

2 responses to “Festive (British) Cooking Class

  1. Why, we probably will not eat one meal out while we are in Dubai! Can’t wait. Love, David

  2. You could teach her how to make cereal.