According to the old saying, lemonade is the prominent use of lemons when youre handed a glut of them. I personally dont mind freshly squeezed lemon juice but there are many and varied ways to utilise seasonal fruits and vegetables.
I recently held a class showing attendees how to make their own tomato passata. Simple enough for sure, but being able to create your own base for dishes and knowing what to do with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables can become the skill set your kitchen has been missing.
Why preserve food items I hear you ask? Can't you just buy products off the shelf already done? Well yes, of course. I tackled this question in my class as I showed my students the different between store bought pasta and home made passata cooked up with onions and garlic. It does not compare. The depth of flavour and the freshness you can taste from your own bottled items doesn't compared to the chemical and preservative laden varieties found in a supermarket.
This coming class is all about preserving your own lemons. Why bother? I hear you ask. Preserved lemons in salt can add a delicious and surprising texture to simple sauces, dressings and dishes without fuss. It's addition to Moroccan style dishes is prevalent and for good reason. It tastes delicious. As for the sweet tooth's amongst us, who doesn't enjoy a lemon meringue pie? Getting that buttery tart centre right is simpler than you think. Don't believe me? Book a ticket to the class and you will never wish to crack open a supermarket jar again. Unless you're desperate. Which you would have to be. Because my lemon curd recipe is amazing ;)
Preserving food in the height of it's seasonality makes sense. It's cheaper, riper, tastier and available. Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't each peaches. Not fresh ones, I understand but bottling your own means you can crack open a jar and slice up delicious peaches and serve with ice-cream. Friends coming around and you need a dessert? Bake some sweet pastry in a tart shell, crack open you jar of lemon curd and serve with whipped cream and entertaining has never been so easy.
Cooking classes with me are created to be fun and informative. This in not high school home economics. You will not be quizzed to see if you are paying attention, you won't have to answer questions and most importantly you are invited to taste everything as I cook it. This is your class. Does you body love to cook but your brain keeps over thinking it all? Book your ticket today and the only decision you will have to make next is what to cook from what you learnt!
Come join me as I teach you how to preserve the seasons and it may just change the way you cook in your kitchen. At the very least you will sample some tasty recipes!
The nitty gritty:
Where: Wandering Cooks, 1 Fish Lane, South Brisbane
When: Wednesday 21st May 2014, 6.30-8pm