Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our 2nd wedding anniversary - June 11th

We celebrate June 11, 2011 as our wedding anniversary because that is the day of our first marriage (we got married twice - one Hindu, one Western).
Last year we celebrated it at home because I had just given birth to our daughter 6 days prior. 

(Our aprons)

But this year, I wanted to do something really special for my husband since he was also going to be out of town for Father's Day. So I surprised him with a cooking lesson at The Dirty Apron Cooking School

(Our station)

It was fantastic. It got good reviews online but it was even better in person. My husband loves to cook and is constantly glued to The Food Network on TV, so he had a great time. And it was totally out of the norm from what we usually do for date night - he had no idea what we were doing until we arrived at the doorstep!

It was the perfect way to learn cooking. First, they show you how to make it. Then, you go back to your individual station and make it yourself. All the ingredients are prepped and measured - even the water is salted for boiling. And after, you have to eat what you cooked, so you know if anything's missing.

(Appetizer: caramelized onion, goat cheese & walnut tart with arugula pesto)

We learned how to make our own pasta, which I could have never done at home. We made a caramelized onion, goat cheese & walnut tart with arugula pesto followed by a sumptuous main of artichoke, ricotta & pine nut tortellini with pan roasted sultanas finished with a 10 year old balsamic vinegar. And for dessert, we made a delicious chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and bourbon maple syrup.

(Making our own pasta)

I was pretty low key about it but my husband was totally into it. The chef gave him compliments for presentation and he said he made the best pasta dough in the class! We also got really helpful cooking tips during the class, such as knife skills, and tricks to get the onion smell off your hands. Plus he told us which items can be frozen or prepared ahead in the day.

(Main course: artichoke, ricotta & pine nut tortellini with pan roasted sultanas, golden beets, and slow roasted potatoes)

It was a great idea for a date and from now on, I think I'll plan more creatively like this!


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