The class was SO much fun! If they weren't so pricey, we'd be taking them a lot more! I snagged a Groupon deal for this class for half off!
|This must be why Tim calls me a messy cook!|
Marinated Olives: All I did was combine some queens, kalamatas, and regular green olives with some minced garlic, a touch of olive oil, chopped parsley, and lemon rinds. Then they sat in the fridge for days to absorb the flavor.
Candied Nuts: I just picked up a bag of unsalted mixed nuts from the store, and simple sauteed them with brown sugar, vegan butter, more parsley and a touch of salt and hot sauce. After they cooled in a single layer in the freezer, I broke them apart and stored them in a air tight container until the party!
Spanish Hummus: All you do here is use your food processor to smooth a can of chickpeas, a clove of garlic, the juice of one lemon, sea salt, parsley, and about a tablespoon of ground cumin! Sooo yummy! Sprinkle paprika on the top to serve!
I learned in class that Mediterranean hummus is so tangy because of the tahini sauce that's added, while Spanish hummus doesn't contain that. I'm so glad I learned that, because it's the tahini that I don't like in hummus!
The best part of the night, however, were the cupcakes. Oh. My. Goodness. I made Chef Chloe's Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes recipe, the first one to win the Cupcake Wars for her, and omg people- these are the best cupcakes in the world!
My dad actually ate three at dinner, while almost everyone else had two. And then I had another later...and made a second batch in the morning...you know, because I had so much leftover frosting, I needed to!
And because I seem to never be able to post a blog with fewer than 1000 pictures, here are a few more from the party!
Here's that fun new chalkboard, being useful as a menu board!
Have any of you made any fun recipes lately?