Guys!!!! I’ve been dying to shout this from the rooftops and am so excited to finally share with you today. I’m teaching a cooking class!
One of my goals for 2016 is pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I want to do this in all aspects of my life – my job, my health, my relationships… and this lil old blog! This is the year I push myself to do and be the things I want to do and be. I could share a bazillion beautifully designed inspirational quotes with you like, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” or “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” … but I think you get the gist.
When I look at this blog and the reason I write it (albeit less frequently than I wish!) or at cooking and the reason I get so much joy out of it, I always come back to the way it feels to share food with the people I love. There is just something so special about eating a meal you’ve put thought and love into and sharing that with you friends, family and even strangers. Teaching people how to make food and share that experience with others? It’s seriously just the best. The best!
I LOVE hearing from people who read this blog, try my recipes, follow me on Instagram… It makes my heart so happy! I wanted to create the opportunity to connect with people like that – in person – on a regular basis. So, I started reaching out to local event spaces, kitchens and cooking schools to see what kind of options were out there.
That’s when I found Irwin Street Cooking School. Located in Irwin Street Market (across the street from Krog Street Market and home to Jake’s Ice Cream and O4W Pizza), the Cooking School has regular classes designed for everyone. In addition the school, there is also a test kitchen available for small businesses to help get off the ground (success stories include King of Pops and Little Tart Bakeshop.) After meeting with Jake (one of the founders), he offered me the opportunity to partner with them and begin teaching in the Cooking School. I am SO excited about this – and nervous and stressed and anxious – and I can’t wait to see where this takes me next.
So, enough background! You might be wondering what I’ll be teaching at my first class! The menu is officially Spring Comfort Foods. I wanted a meal that is still warm and comforting (it’s still so cold out!) but that also have vibrant, light flavors reminiscent of spring.
As part of the cooking class, I’ll teach how to make chicken stock for the soup from the chicken you use for the pot pie. The dough for the pot pie is also the same as for the hand pies. I want to show people how they can make a meal that seems complicated, is actually really simple, and uses all the ingredients with as little waste as possible!
Please be on the lookout for more cooking classes and more news from me as I stretch myself in 2016. If you’re interested in attending my class, you can click here or on the image below.
Thanks for following along on this journey (and for reading this ridiculously long blog post). I love you guys so much!