Upon arriving at Ecole McTavish, I was pleased to see that the room was full of excited individuals who, like myself, were looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the techniques needed to prepare these flavourful dishes. Mary Thomas, Executive Director of the Multicultural Association, started the class by inviting the participants to introduce themselves and stating why they were interested in taking the Indian cooking class. Judging by the many comical responses from the classmates (some who have never tasted Indian food), I knew I was in for a great experience with a fun group of people.
|Goan Salmon Curry|
|Chili Cheese Toast|
Finally, the first dish Chili Cheese Toast was ready to taste! This was made two ways, spicy or extra spicy. With the heating effect of the jalapeno peppers, this appetizer was a bold western twist on a traditional Indian staple.
Next up to taste was the Goan Salmon Curry. With the rich taste of coconut and curry leaves poached into the salmon that was spooned over a bed of cilantro basmati rice, this was a favorite dish among the group.
Of course, the 'piece de resistance' was the Kerala Christmas Plum Cake. Adapted from the ever popular Fruit Cake, this mouthwatering cake was jam packed with festive flavour! Mary's homemade rum soaked plums filled this cake with a moist richness. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves were some of the spices used to tantalized the taste buds. Paired with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, this is a cake that will have everyone asking for seconds! Everyone walked away from this class fully equipped with an arsenal of new recipes to try out on their friends and family.
During the entire class, it amazed me how Mary and her assistant, Caitlin, managed to maintain control of the room while personally assisting each station. They both keep a genuine smile and a light and positive demeanor throughout the whole course. These two are certainly a pair of experienced leaders and we are lucky to have them in our community. I would gladly recommend this cooking class to anyone!
If you are interested in taking part in one of these classes, the next one to look forward to is on January 25th at Holy Trinity High School, 10:00-12:30 and will feature Sri Lankan Cuisine.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite, or contact the Multicultural Association of Fort McMurray at 780.791.5186 or email email@example.com