Back in the early noughties, my friend Elizabeth and I attended several half-day cooking classes at Belconnen Markets. They had a demonstration kitchen where the audience sat on tiered rows of chairs and watched as instructors (once, the great Charmaine Solomon) cooked and narrated. At the end of the classes we got to eat the food we'd seen cooked and take the recipes home.
It had been a long time since I'd been to one of these classes (though Andrew and I have taken cooking classes in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan in the meantime) but we recently signed up to attend a vego thali class at Foodish, the current incarnation of the cooking school at the Markets. When we arrived there last night I expected a lazy evening (just watching and eating) but it seems the classes are now more hands on! The ten course participants broke into three teams and created six dishes:
Spinach and chickpea curry
Dry okra curry
over the course of two hours, which we then sat down and ate. Delicious. Some pics ...
We'll definitely be cooking these recipes again. Oh, and the timing of the class was (accidentally) perfect as we currently have no kitchen! It's being renovated. The old kitchen was removed yesterday and the new one started arriving today. May have to share some pics when it's done. Watch this space ;-)