Friday, February 24, 2012

Valentine's Day Brunch Cooking Class

Way back in September, I was gifted with money towards a cooking class at Sur la Table. This past weekend, we decided to put it to good use, and sign up for a Valentine's Day Brunch! 

We had a funny surprise when we walked in - one of my roommate's from UCSC was there! It was funny to see here, since Ed and I met and began dating when I was living with her, and we hadn't seen her since I'd graduated. 

We donned our very fancy aprons, got and overview of the class, and then got cooking!

We started with the scones. The class split up into two groups and the other group made dried cranberry and orange scones while we made the savory cheddar cheese and bacon scones. We were told that it was important to handle the dough as little as possible, so the scones were scooped using and ice cream scooper.

They were then brushed with the same heavy cream that went into the dough. I'd never heard of this before, but they certainly turned out great. 

After the scones, we moved onto the pancetta, leek and gruyere quiche. 

Ed and I were a little sad, actually, that so much of the work had been done already - it was a little too easy :). Didn't keep it from tasting amazing though! 

After that, we moved to the potatoes in duck fat. The potatoes and onions smelled amazing as they cooked (with Ed at the helm). 

Our last dish? A light salad, that was easy to throw together. We did learn how to cut our the delicious grapefruit wedges from the fruit, a trick that was new to me. 

After a short break, it was time to feast!

This was such a great way to celebrate the holiday!

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