I have a confession to make. I am not especially gifted in the kitchen. In my culinary history, I have messed up complicated cuisine such as microwave brownies and Jell-o. Seriously. On top of that Manhattan living and mini-kitchens did not do much to encourage me to wield the whisk, despite the presence of a slew of fantastic cooking stores and resources. So I got lazy, I ordered take-out (Hello, Blockheads! I love you!), I made soup and ate oatmeal.
Then I started to get annoyed that as a technical grown-up I couldn’t make much. Now I’m not completely inept in the kitchen, I can make scrambled eggs and french toast. I also happen to enjoy my turkey chili in the Crock Pot. However, I had never really undertaken anything particularly adventurous in the kitchen and I decided that needed to change. Once again, enter Groupon and Living Social . They allowed me to get break out of the safe zone and so I took a crepes class with Hannah and recently took a brunch class.
Crepes class was small and personal (in the instructor’s home) and we were instructed on exactly how to prepare the crepes. We made them individually and got some tips on how to make them well. I really enjoyed the class and have subsequently made crepes on my own and um, they rock. I’m very happy to have that skill under my belt.
Brunch class was a little larger but in a gorgeous space in Brooklyn. We prepared the menu together as a class rather that each person preparing their own meal. We had mushroom and leeks frittatas (and I hate mushrooms!), apple bread pudding, salad with vinaigrette, herb potatoes and an adult beverage. I went into class assuming it would be good, but it truly exceeded my expectations. During class I boohoo’d about having to de-stem and chop fresh herbs and swore I wouldn’t touch Thyme again. But after virtually inhaling the ridiculously delicious brunch, wouldn’t you know, last Sunday I bought fresh herbs and made some rather tasty (if I do say so myself, and I do) potatoes again.
So slowly but surely I’m acquiring new skills. I’m jilling breakfast first (it’s the best meal, after all) before I take on tacos.