{Friday date night at Cookbook Co. Cooks and my weekend eats}

Here is a recap of my weekend happenings…

On Friday date night,  we took part in a couples cooking class at The Cookbook Co. Cooks. Tonight’s theme was a Mediterranean-inspired dinner. We were greeted at the door with flutes of champagne and nibbled on a cheese plate which introducing ourselves to the rest of the group. Then we were split into groups of four and got started on our meal. Our task was dessert (of course)…

We chopped the nuts..

Melted the butter and grabbed the pot of rosewater and citrus scented simple syrup and we were ready to go…Btw, cooking is a lot more fun when done with a glass of wine..

Our instructor did a quick demo with the defrosted phyllo pastry. Basically it involved alternating buttered sheets of phyllo with a layer of nuts. (6 sheets of phyllo and 2 layers of nuts in the final product). Then we sliced it up into 12 squares and folded them pinch them into rosette shapes.

Bake them in oven till golden brown, then soak each one generously in the aromatic syrup with a brush.

Ta-dah! Dessert is ready 🙂

After we finished, we walked around to some of the other stations to check out what everyone else was up to..

We also got to enjoy a unpictured souvlaki with tender pieces of lamb in a pita with homemade tzatziki and lemony baked potatoes for our entree. Overall, a pretty fun night. This particular class is DEFINITELY meant for beginner cooks. It was more about the socializing and meeting new people than learning new skills. Plus the class was a freebie for us, so no complaints here 🙂

They offer a variety of classes here in their kitchen including ones hosted by local chefs, knife skills and occasionally book signing and demos by guest chefs. Check out their website to see the calender. Be sure to book early though, cause the classes fill up quickly

Notable eats this weekend…Boxwood Cafe’s feature sandwich of the day: Tender pulled pork and winter slaw sandwich on a warm ciabatta bun..Soo good.

Brunch with my good lady friend at Borgo Trattoria (I’m addicted!). We struggled with deciding on our meal since everything sounded amazing. And in the end we both picked the same dish! Ribbons of perfectly cooked tagliatelle egg noodles tossed in a thick and creamy smoked bacon and grana padano cheese sauce.

It definitely satisfied the carbonara craving I’ve had the past couple weeks.

I will end this post with one of my favourite salads of the week. This one included:

  • roasted purple heirloom carrots and broccoli (tossed in olive oil and Jamie Oliver Indian spice mix – 400F oven for 20 min)
  • spoonful of chipotle hummus (Casel Marche)
  • Fairwinds Farm herb goat cheese
  • Organic raisins
  • Raw organic walnuts
  • Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe here)
  • Mixed Greens

I love low maintenance salads like this. You can roast the veggies in the oven when you come home (perfect time to change into your comfortable clothes and make yourself a cup of tea). On Sunday, stock your fridge and pantry with your favourite salad fixins’, then you just assemble and dinner is ready with nearly zero effort. This routine is perfect for me since I usually get home pretty late cause I go to the gym after work, so I need easy, yet healthy meals that can be ready ASAP.

Time to call it a night and get to bed early…Kitten has the right idea..

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