I just took a look at my point and shoot camera. There were 3000 pictures there that I have not shared with you. Eons ago, my friend and colleague Christina and I attended an event at Cooking by the Book hosted by the Vancouver CVB.
They had some yummy cheese, veggie and pigs in a blanket appetizers. My personal favorites.
Cheers!!The decor was simple yet really cool. Just bookcases full of all different cook books. I wanted to steal them all. Then again – I don’t have nearly this many bookshelves. There were cake books.And vegetarian books…And everything in between.I thought the kitchen was more hands on friendly than Rustico, but Rustico was a lot less intense and a tad friendlier in my opinion. CbtB was much more about us actually doing the cooking, and I learned a lot – but I like that the vibe at Rustico is more laid back. I think, however, if I went to Rustico for a cooking class rather than teambuilding I’d have a different experience. I was at the potato/celery root table. The potatoes were parboiled but we had to work on the celery root.It was so nice to have a super sharp chef knife. I definitely have crap knives at home. We diced them into chunks. until we filled the bowl.I typically don’t rice potatoes – but we did here. It was…shall I say…annoying???Mmmmm. Butter. Let the record show we used this whole thing!!!and also added chopped scallions. Let the mashing commence. We were done pretty early so then I wandered over to where Christina was and helped cook some crabcakes. A little too much frisee. I am not a frisee fan at all.Here is where the meal went south for me. The main course was salmon. I don’t like salmon but it sounded like a yummy presentation. I took the teeniest of bites and realized I REALLY don’t like salmon. :) I had a moment with the woman who runs the school where she was not happy that I don’t like salmon and kind of let me know it. Well. She was more unhappy that I didn’t tell her I didn’t like salmon. I know that she simply wanted me to have food I enjoyed but I was really better off with bland food that night anyway. And I tried. I really did but salmon and me are not friends. Plus it didn’t help that it was right after I got over my stomach bug. Which I finally told her about when she wouldn’t leave me alone. The whole thing made me a tad uncomfortable. But the overall experience was great and the celery root and veggies were delish.
All in all it was quite a lovely dinner and another place that I can put on my list for cooking classes (an early New Years resolution is to at least take 1 class next year). I got a pair of Olympic mittens as a parting gift that I gave to Jen.
So there you go. A little blast from my recent past. I’m trying to make myself go out and walk a bit on the treadmill now. I think it’ll be good for my mental – not to mention physical – condition.
Hope you all are enjoying this holiday season.
See you soon!