One of the more creative gifts we got for our wedding was a gift certificate to Hipcooks from 2 of our groomsmen. The Hipcooks West studio is only about a mile from our apartment and offers a variety of classes each month. We wanted to chose a class that was focused around something we don't make very often at home with the hopes of getting a few new skills and a new menu to throw into our routine. We settled on a Spanish tapas class. The menu featured garlic shrimp, tortilla espanola, sweet and spicy nuts, marinated olives, a simple salad, empanadas, and lastly, flan!
|Beginning of class and flan prep.|
|Caramelized sugar art to adorn the flan|
|Pouring flan into ramekins before baking|
|Husband tossing nuts with brown sugar, butter, and rosemary|
|Manchego and membrillo|
|Finished nuts with a sprinkle of tobasco and marinated olives|
|Preparing our tortilla espanola with potato, chorizo, and onions|
|Empanada filling with ground beef, currants, raisins,and olives|
|Stuffing and filling the empanadas|
|Beautiful finished tortilla|
|Golden empanadas fresh from the oven|
|Fresh made hummus with a splash of sesame oil|
|Beautiful flan with orange and vanilla bean|
We left well fed, learned some new tricks, and feel more comfortable with a genre we hadn't experimented with much. R left craving more flan, what else is new?!
Have you taken any cooking classes? What did you learn? If you're looking to try one, I'd recommend giving Hipcooks a try, it was absolutely a lot of fun and we enjoyed the company of our fellow students.