Thursday, May 26, 2011

Two Hip Cooks

I don't cook much and what I do is pretty simple fare. Steve does cook...on occasion. When he does, it's always really good!
I read a great review of Hipcooks on Lisa's Blog last September, just in time to buy a gift certificate for a cooking class for Steve's birthday.

We finally got around to using it last night for their Healthy Fresh and Zingy 3 class. I was a little disappointed that out of all the classes, he chose this one. I would have gravitated more towards the Greek or Moroccan or Thai One On class, but I was in for a treat.

On the menu was
  • Veggie spring rolls
  • Wild salmon stuffed with oyster mushrooms
  • Warm salad of roasted asparagus, new potatoes and pine nuts
  • Very Berry Souffle
 ALL...SO...GOOD!!! Who knew I could be such a great chef?
When we arrived, we donned our aprons...

...and then got straight to our knife handling skills part of the class. Steve was excited for me to partake in this, since my go-to knife for chopping vegetables is our bread knife. It cuts and dices them so nice and fine and I've been convinced that our other knives don't do as good of a job.
I was excited to get the knife work done, because I had heard from our instructor, Cheyenne...

that once the knives were put away, the wine would come out! I know, I know...but it feels kind of weird to be cooking without enjoying a sip of wine while puttering around in the kitchen.  Besides, it's a nice social lubricant for 13 strangers :-)

We enjoyed our spring rolls early on but then spent quite a bit of time doing more prep work and cooking before sitting down to dinner and more drinks. It took 13 of us hipcooks and 3 hours, but we got the job done...and did it well. I had never cooked with rice paper before but we used it on the spring rolls and also on the salmon! After we stuffed the salmon with our incredibly delicious mushroom mixture, we wrapped each piece in rice paper for cooking. It gave the salmon a nice crunchy texture all over that was so divine!  The potato "salad" was DIVINE! Divine, I say! The berry souffle?
Divine.
Of course.

I am now one Hip Cook!
What Fun! I'll be back for more of their classes, for sure!

17 comments:

Tri-Living...Together said...

OH wow, yummo! I so want to try to make those spring rolls!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Sounds like fun. I used to drag my husband to Dream Dinners. It's fun to prepare meals together.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Sweet!!! I am coming over for dinner, I already know the menu, I like it all

Quinton J said...

by far the cutest post EVER. you two in aprons and in a cooking class together makes me smile big time. i can't wait for my dinner invite.

Jen said...

What a fun date night! And a yummy one too! I love spring rolls! And check out your arms! Holy cow girl!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I'd looooove to do this with my hubbs! We both love to cook...and eat but with little kids we often gear meals towards what we know we can get them to eat and not end up making two meals (one for them and one for us!). Sounds like a great time.

I'm off to google for this in our area!

Emz said...

Love the aprons.
Love the menu.
YUM!

Rene' said...

the salmon sounds awesome...did they give you guys the recipes? you should post them:)

Julie said...

You're all invited to dinner now :-)

@Rene - they will be e-mailing us the recipes today. One of the cool things about the class was that we didn't measure anything. It was all about tossing in this, tasting that, adding some of something else...until it tasted good!

@Jen - I've been picking up a weight or two at the gym ;-)
If this outer layer ever comes off, I'll be ripped :D

Stephanie said...

This would be so much fun!!! The menu sounds like perfection.

Nelly said...

Sounds like a good time!

Lisa said...

YUM!! That menu sounds so good!

Julie said...

How Fun!And sounds good...well except that salmon part...not a real fan. :)

Katie said...

I was gonna say the same thing as Jen, Nice Arms!! And you two in aprons is super cute :)

I definitely want the recipe for the spring rolls :D

Amanda@runninghood said...

Wine is the best part of cooking! :)

Dawn said...

Oh TOO fun! What a great way to spend time together...cooking and drinking...ummm...I mean sipping wine;))
Love it.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Man, you guys have a "go to knife". I'm not even sure we own a complete set of utinsiles. Um, we should probably eat at home more.