Cooking Class

Once again, my mom found another fun experience for us to have together… our second cooking class of the season, called Plating with Pride. This time, we got to have a delicious seafood meal, and I really have to say, I finished up all that food… not much left to clean on that plate. For those of you who have ever eaten with me, you may know that I often can’t finish an entire portion, so you would then know how awesome it is when I do eat everything, it’s a very good sign. Chef Jeff Parlardg really knows his stuff! Even just watching him prepare all the food was special, like he was doing a piece of artwork. Very obvious that this guy loves what he does. It turns out, he has been the head chef at Lapointe Fish Restaurant in Kanata for the past 21 years, so cool! I’ve been to their Bells Corners location many times and always really enjoyed the food there, so I will most definitely be visiting their Kanata one in the near future. Can’t wait!

I absolutely love going out to eat sushi, and one of my favorite parts at these restaurants is the tempura… tempura-fried-anything is simply amazing! So, I was overjoyed when I found out that the appetizer we would be having in this class would involve tempura… tempura tiger shrimp udon noodle sesame salad, to be exact. The first picture on the bottom of this post shows the salad, which I could not have enjoyed more. I have had a lot of tempura in my life, and this one was by far the best one, so very light and crunchy. I even really liked the vegetables, which says a lot because I normally am not big on vegetables or salads. 

I’m not even close to being an expert when it comes to the different types of fish out there, I usually just enjoy any kind that’s put in front of me. So, when I heard we were having trout as our main course, it sadly didn’t mean much to me at the time, but oh.. my.. gosh.. it was so good! Also, the sauce it was covered in, the Italian plum and vanilla compote, made it practically melt in my mouth. The other part I really liked eating was the arugula underneath the fish, for more than just one reason… first, because it tasted super yummy, but also because I finally learnt what arugula is! I had heard about it many times before, but never knew what it was and confused it with parsley, coriander, etc. but now I know! 

I am a super huge fan of pies, muffins, tarts, cakes… well, desserts in general really, I’ve got quite the sweet tooth, as they say. This dessert has made it to one of my top favorites, which means a lot, because I have experimented with oh so many desserts over the years (which you all have read a little bit about hehe). The apple cinnamon tart with maple mousse was a combination of several of my favorite things… cinnamon, maple, blueberry, whipped cream, pastry… all of this put together was like a dream come true. I am definitely going to purchase that blueberry maple syrup as soon as I get the chance, because wow, just wow. 

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