Cooking classes

Cooking Classes

Below are descriptions with photos of some of my cooking classes that I offer in the Nelson, BC Canada area. If you would like to receive my “cooking classes” updates via e-mail contact me to get on my list. I also post classes on my Facebook Page. I am available to teach in the surrounding communities.

Sourdough 101

Strawberry Sourdough Crepes

Strawberry Sourdough Crepes

If you have never worked with sourdough, this is the class for you.  We will be discussing sourdough’s history, how to start your own, keeping it alive, and getting into the kitchen to make some crepes.  The crepes will be served with sautéed apples, crushed nuts and fresh whipping cream sweetened with honey.

Bring a glass jar if you want to take some starter home.

2 hour class

 

Rustic Sourdough Tarts and Fresh Salad

Rustic Sourdough Tarts

Rustic Sourdough Tarts

Learn to work with Sourdough and create great rustic tarts.

We will be making savory tarts using fall vegetables and rich cheese, and healthy meats. We will also create a fresh salad and home-made dressing. We will get to taste what we have made and be able to take home some sourdough starter.

Bring a glass jar if you want to take some starter home.

2 hour class

Sourdough Dutch-Oven Bread

Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread

Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread

Work with whole wheat sourdough and learn why it is more digestible and nourishing than whole grain bread made with Baker’s yeast.  We will discuss the history of sourdough, nutritional value, how to start your own, keeping it alive, and getting into the kitchen to mix, knead, punch down, and shape dough to create some yummy bread.  You will get ideas on how to make this versatile dough into other creations like pizza, sweet rolls, cheese twists, and more…We will get to taste what we have made and be able to take home some sourdough starter. There will be recipe handouts and book and website suggestions.

Bring a glass jar if you want to take some starter home.

2 hour class

 Sprouting Grain

Sprouted Grain Pilaf

Sprouted Grain Pilaf

Learn about why sprouting grain increases its nutritional value and is easier to digest.  I will discuss and demonstrate grain sprouting, drying and grinding.  We will create a sprouted berry pilaf cooked in savory spices and cookies made from the sprouted grain. We will get to taste what we have made.

2 hour class

Preserve the Traditional Way

Cultured Dilly Carrots

Cultured Dilly Carrots

Learn how to preserve vegetables using pre-canning techniques.

I will be teaching a traditional method called Lacto-fermentation.  This method preserves the heat-sensitive nutrients and adds friendly bacteria to your diet.  We will be making European Sauerkraut and Dilly Carrots.  We will taste a few varieties of cultured vegetables.

2 Hour Class

Legumes and Chili

Lorraine's Chili

Lorraine’s Chili

 

Healthy Cultures from around the world prepare their legumes with great detail and care.  Come to this class to learn why and how you can at home. We will be making a grass-fed beef chili using kidney beans, red wine, and savory spices. This recipe has become a family favorite! We will be sampling our creation and recipes will be shared.

2 hour class

Kombucha – An Ancient Cultured Drink

Fresh Raspberry Kombucha

Fresh Raspberry Kombucha

The recorded history of this drink dates back to around 250 BC. The Chinese called it the

“Immortal Health Elixir,” because they believed Kombucha balanced the Middle Qi

(Spleen and Stomach) and aided in digestion, allowing the body to focus on healing.

You will learn the details of producing this cultured drink at home. We will get to taste the original,

my favorite ginger blend, and a raspberry version.

Orders will be taken if you want to get your own Kombucha culture.

2 Hour Class

 Kefir Smoothies

Kefir Smoothies

Kefir Smoothies

When I was working on improving my health, this magical smoothie contributed to my recovery.  We will discuss the history of dairy, laws and controversy surrounding this life-giving product, dairy allergies and how to make Kefir (a culture from Russia).  We will then turn this into a nutritious drink by adding many beneficial ingredients

Bring a small glass jar to take some Kefir Culture home.

Orders will be taken if you want to get your own Kefir grains.

2 hour class

Bone Broths/Borscht Soup

Borscht Soup

Borscht Soup

Learn to make traditional bone broths from healthy chickens that are both nutritious and delicious.  This is a key ingredient to many culinary dishes.  Learn why bone broths have been used to treat many health issues including digestion problems, arthritis, the flu, asthma, and even cancer. We will be turning this rich broth into a version of Borscht soup.  The soup will be served with fresh sourdough bread.

2 hour class