Blogging can be so frustating. I published this on Wednesday and soon thereafter Blogger went down. Hence, all the comments I received have been lost. Oh well, let's try again.
Cooking is my passion. And if you have not thought about it, we do not choose our passions. My dream is to spend my life cooking and exploring foods and food preparation. I talk about food ad nauseum. To channel this energy, I am creating a little cooking school out of my home kitchen. Either this plan will be a relief to my friends because I have another venue to discuss cooking or, heaven help them, it will fuel my passion to the point I talk about nothing else. Time will bring the answer.
I have been nervous and at the same time anxiously awaiting to present my first class. My cooking class career could potentially begin and end in one evening. In a small city where the status quo is the most comfortable place, you often have only one chance to prove yourself as a newcomer. "The Secrets of Adding Flavour to Your Food with Spices, Herbs and Other Ingredients" has been deemed a success! Phew!
I discussed the qualities of spices and herbs and how to use them. We also talked about how to make our own spice mixtures. We learned how to toast them, how to grind them and how to store them.
Finding good quality spices and herbs is not always easy if you live in a smaller centre. This is where the Internet is an invaluable resource and I provided information on some of my favourite online sources.