Tuesday, January 6, 2009

French cuisine pour deux? Oui.

My husband and I have decided to start the new year by doing something fun together. We have enrolled in a French cooking class.

The class is being held at the Calphalon Culinary Centre this coming Friday and I am so excited. I really enjoy cooking and also experimenting with new recipes. It surprises me that I have not yet started a cooking blog. Perhaps, that will be next on my agenda.

French cooking is quite foreign to me, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to learn something new and also spend quality time with my husband.

I know off the bat that I am going to take the lead and assign my husband as a sous chef. Truth is, I have a hard time sharing kitchen space at home. My husband will attest to that, i.e. "You're in my way, John." And oftentimes I can become a bit too critical, .i.e."This food you made is kind of bland." Yes, I confess, I'm no fun in the kitchen. I guess it's the perfectionist designer in me. Excuses aside, it's time to relax, decompress, learn something new and above all, have some fun!!

If you want to do something different and fun for a change, Calphalon offers many cooking classes for the beginner, as well as for the more seasoned chef-wannabe. There are also some fun couples classes offered for Valentine's Day for the person that would like to try something different with their amour.

Here's what's on the French menu for this Friday:

Mussels Proven├žal
Filet au Poivre
Haricot Vert
Apple Tarte Tatin

Hmmm...I wonder if there is wine available with our food?

I've never been to France so I guess this is as close as I get without the cost of a plane ticket and the pricey hotel accommodations. All I have to do is hop on the subway and head down to King Street and Spadina Avenue.

Speaking of cooking and food, if you have never watched the movie "Big Night" you are in for some side splitting laughter. I saw Big Night many years ago and absolutely loved it!! A highly entertaining movie about Italian food, running a restaurant and family loyalty.

Watch the trailer below. You won't be disappointed.


Laurie Constantino said...

The classes sound really fun, and I can't wait until you join the ranks of food bloggers! Thanks for the kind thoughts, and I wish you a wonderful new year and many more to come. I'm looking to see all of the design changes your house will no doubt undergo!

cserdan said...

what fun!!!

we did one a couple of years ago at Mildred Pierce (before she closed - how I miss that restaurant)

Bijoux said...

Laurie: The food blog is up! I only have one post thus far, but it is a start. I really enjoyed the French cooking class and I was quite smitten with using the gas burners. As you probably are aware I have those nasty coil burners in my kitchen.

cserdan: I have heard of Mildred Pierce but I never had an opportunity to eat there. The French cooking class at Calphalon was a lot of fun! I'm eager to do another one again next year.

kickpleat said...

sounds like fun!

Bijoux said...

kickpleat: I really enjoyed it and I picked up a few tips from the chef on how to hold a knife when chopping and what kind of knife to use when. Gas stoves are the best.

Josie said...

Excellent! Even nicer that you took the class together. I miss cooking with gas.