Class #2 at Ger-Nis. Last time it was possibly the most delicious brunch I’ve ever had, let alone made, so of course I had high expectations for this taco class. And I luuuuurve me some tacos.
Class usually gets started by us plying ourselves with the alcoholic beverage of the day. Actually, I’m pretty sure I start cooking this way all the time,not just while in a class with other people. This time was no different. The beverage of the day was particularly delicious – a lime cactus pear cooler. And no, I’m not talking Bartles & James… This involved a few simple syrups, Grand Marnier, tequila (jalapeno infused!), and some cactus pears. The cactus pear is seen here as the red fruit both at the top and bottom of the photo. The tequila remains unseen in my belly.
Ger-Nis grows lots of herbs and vegetables so when they say fresh, they mean fresh. Sadly, my photos do not do them justice, but I can tell you that I am now strongly influenced to use fresh everything. Even spices. And that means something. Patience is not one of my virtues.
We spent some time chopping vegetables, mixing spices and preparing our meats – chipotle chicken and jamaican jerk pork. As usual everything in class is a team effort from zesting limes (Zesty!) to chopping poblanos. Basically people step up and take a task or if you’re a task master (ahem, I get paid to do this IRL), you just assign people tasks if they’re not stepping up to the plate. Here’s the thing though, I’m always so impressed that the food comes out so delicious because apparently I have unjustified little faith in my classmates. Note to self: restore own faith in humanity – at least as far as teamwork in the kitchen goes. With instructor supervision, we chopped, blended and zested our little hearts out making guacamole, tomatillo (green) sauce, red sauce, and salsa. I mean, look at this tasty salsa.
While we didn’t get to make our own tortillas, we did go through all the other steps and put together an impressive feast.
Ok fine, there’s not actually a tortilla here but it’s because I have no patience and couldn’t manage to wait in line to fire up my tortillas. So I ate my “tacos” sans tortilla. Stop judging me. I’ve already acknowledge I’m not the patient kind. It was still delicious. So there.
Sadie waited patiently until all the food was done cooking before she ventured out around the eating area. I can’t blame her for loitering, I had to keep myself from hovering around the rest of the food too.