I want to get a post up and share about this wonderful cooking class I went to at Tspoons in San Juan Capistrano awhile ago, but sometimes you just have to wait to share :) When I think about this evening a smile comes to my face, and I can't wait to go back to this quaint little place and enjoy another evening with friends.
This was a Christmas present to Bill and I from his lovely cousin Carina and Bill's other cousin, Meghan also got a cooking class for her boyfriend Bobby, unknowingly they were for the same place! :) I know, I know you are thinking… "Summer just started, what took you so long?" Suffice it to say, we had some scheduling difficulty and wanted to pick just the right menu, and I personally think it was well worth the wait. We finally made it for a Friday evening class with a "Steakhouse Date Night" theme, and it was such a fun experience.
The prep work was done for us, so we did not have to use a knife or cutting board once. We sipped wine and followed instructions and listened to the cooking tips our instructor gave us for everyday use. We laughed with our fellow classmates and learned some really great new recipes. All the while, we just enjoyed the process. Cooking, to me, can be so therapeutic, and this was no exception. Something about producing something delicious with your own two hands makes the meal feel like a reward for your hard work.
The entire meal took about 2 hours to make and then we sat down at a beautiful table to partake in our feast. The kitchen staff served the food to us in four courses, and every one was splendid. The rosemary bread with the potato leak soup was incredible. I mean, it really was so delicious I considered licking the bowl. The bacon and sausage stuffed mushrooms were something I absolutely intend to make again. With every bite of each course I was more and more glad we came. It was such a lovely experience.
When we made it to the main course, I was not sure I could keep eating, but I did not regret a single bite. The roasted garlic and chive mashed potatoes had a little whole grain mustard in them and went perfectly with the beef roulade stuffed with spinach and Gorgonzola. And as if we had not had our share of delicious food, the apples stuffed with oats and butter and sugar and cranberries served with a scoop of ice cream ("a la mode" for those who prefer the fancier term) were the perfect ending to the meal.
Oh what a night! I think I dream of owning a little cooking school like this and bringing in experts to teach international cuisine. Sigh, what a lovely place this was and what a fun evening we had! Cheers to cooking this meal in our own homes and hopefully sharing the meal with family and friends :)