Thursday, 12 April 2012

Cooking Lesson

So for my birthday, Husband got me a cooking lesson at a local restaurant called Paradiso.

At first I was like, what, you think I'm a bad cook? Kidding. I'm obsessed with cooking (read: watching people cook on TV). This gift is perfect for me.

We made an Italian feast, complete with antipasto, gnocchi, and braised veal! Since Italian is my favourite, I'd say Husband knew exactly what he was doing while planning this birthday event.

menu, sitting at the chefs table, lesson in action
There were 8 people in our lesson, which we were told was great, because typically they have 16+ people. We really got a great lesson. They divided us up for tasks. When they announced gnocchi, I called out that I wanted to do it, but so did another woman and her teenage daughter. We stood at a stalemate for a few seconds, and then I thought, screw it - I'm going in. So there you have it, I won! Nick and I got to make three things: Gorgonzola stuffed dates, focaccia bread, and gnocchi.

rolling out the gnocchi dough

cutting the dough into the gnocchi pieces

Some of the finished products:

focaccia, gnocchi, and the best tiramisu I've ever had.

That was one of the most fun things I've done. I would recommend that to anyone and everyone.

xx E.

ps. Sorry the pics of the food look a little dicey; I ate it as soon as it was placed in front of me (forgetting that I wanted to document the beautiful plating) so I had to take pics of it in the take out boxes :)

pps. not to brag, but they said my gnocchi was so good that they were going to serve the leftovers to the regular patrons...just sayin...


  1. I soooooo want that gnocchi recipe! Let's have a cooking date soon!

  2. Mmmm...that gnocchi looks amazing!!! Not surprised yours was best...glad you (two) had such a good time!


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