Kind words about STIR…

“Absolutely loved the Rawkolates Workshop tonight! I learned so much and the chocolate is the best ever.”       Colleen Koot

“Absolutely loved the kombucha work shop the other night learned so much, loved how healthy it is for you. Really excited for the next step. Kelli was a wonderful teacher with so much info look forward to taking more classes at STIR cooking school.”    Cherie Alyward

 “I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the Superfood Snacks class put on by our Stir Cooking School. I met eager ladies wanting to learn new and fresh ideas for healthy snacks for our families. I received lots of nutritional tips and how really easy it is.  This is a great school to have fun and learn new foods and processes for healthy eating.  Great class Ladies and thanks for sharing your healthy knowledge!”    Mary Alyward

“The Kombucha workshop with Kelli was great! Informative, fun, way easier than I
thought, and the best part, getting to take home your own SCOBY mother. ”     Paula Hills

 “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I attended a Fermentation Class put off by Kelli and Jennifer of the Stir Cooking School, but I was so happy I took the class! This is a great introductory lesson for anyone interested in making fermented food and drink which is so healthful for us. The location was spacious and clean and the class was very relaxed. Kelli and Jennifer were pleasant and informative and made every effort to answer any question posed by all participants. The recipes you will learn are easy, quick and delicious; even to do at home which I am doing right now. You won’t be disappointed!”    Carol Peckford

“I had the pleasure to attend a home party for Stir Cooking School’s “5 Easy Dinners” and I’m delighted to say that even my husband is now cooking the sheet pan chicken! I felt extremely inspired and even did a video to send to my kids as felt they could benefit from these great nutritious and EASY dinners! Jennifer and Kelli are a dynamic duo that really make cooking fun. Would highly recommend!”  Susan Webster, Nanaimo

Black Bean Bonanza Cooking Class

February 19th/2014

Wow! 100 cups of beans later! What a Black Bean Bonanza!

On a chilly February evening 8 women gathered to make Black Bean

Dishes to entice even the fussiest bean eater. We chopped, diced and

stirred for 4 hours with lots of laughs and of course…”bean jokes.”

[the great thing is that if you follow STIR’s bean preparation plan

you can totally reduce the issue of gas production] Yeah!

Participants learned about nutritional, fiber and flexibility of this little powerhouse bean as well as how to prepare it in the most flavourful way!

After all the work the group sat down to a delicious meal of Black Bean Chili[with

chocolate and beer], Southwest Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad and Black Bean Brownies[you would never know they contained beans and quinoa].

Tired and satiated…everyone took home servings for a family of 4 these delicious dishes.

RAWkolates – Raw Chocolate Class

February  4/2014

A night of chocolate decadence! In the funky kitchen of the BUZZ Coffee shop, we welcomed Vida to STIR Cooking School to teach us how to make the raw chocolates she is so famous for.

Vida uses only the finest, fair-trade cacao, followed by top-quality ingredients that end up as RAWkolates savoury and sweet delights. We  wine-paired the chocolates with light sweet whites, dark, rich reds, finishing off with blackberry dessert wine.

Participants helped Vida temper the chocolate and chose molds to pour their creations into. Additions of chopped almonds, goji berries and coconut personalized their delicious goodies that many were hoping but not optimistic, would last for Valentines day! Thanks to Vida for an amazing class.

You can check out RAWkolates at your local farmers market.

Vegetarian Soups and Stews

January 29/2014

This heart and soul warming class featured three amazing soups/stews that can be enjoyed as a main course for a hungry family or used as sauces or bases for other dishes.

We made Coconut Miso Cauliflower, Mediterranean Multi-Bean and West African Peanut Soup.  The group rolled up their sleeves and dove into chopping, sautéing and pureeing. Before long the kitchen was filled with the most delicious smells and tummys were rumbling as bubbling pots of soup were carefully stirred.

Laughter and stories of favourite soup recipes filled the air as the hard working group finally sat down to taste the steaming bowls of goodness. We tried the peanut soup as a sauce on faro with cilantro and avocado. Participants learned about miso, a fermented soybean paste, and its many applications .We also learned how to make a tasty Marathon Vegetable Stock you can make in your slow cooker, so simple and handy! Satisfied and tired, everyone filled up their containers and packed up their three soups to take home to their families.

STIR Cooking School

STIR Cooking School wants to invite you to “stir up your kitchen” with healthy, creative classes for seasoned cooks and rookies.

We believe cooking is a vital skill connecting people to their food sources and each other.

Through hands on classes and demos you will be inspired to get back in the kitchen and cook or expand your existing repertoire.

The cooking classes at STIR will all be based on whole, healthy food.  We want to educate and inspire all levels of cooks to prepare their own meals and snacks to improve their health as well as foster connections within their families and the community.

Cooking Classes:STIR_BlackBean-7319

  • Vegetarian
  • Kids and Teen Classes
  • Guest Chef Demos
  • Large Batch Cooking
  • Ethnic Classes
  • and more…

Join us soon for a culinary adventure!

Kids Cooking Class – Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Kids Cooking Class Breakfast in Bed for Mom Thursday, May 8, 3-5pm Costin Hall, Lantzville

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this hands-on class will teach the kids how to independently create a healthy and fun menu just for mom.  This class is nut-free.

On the Menu:

Multigrain Pancake Mix (to take home)

Creative Granola

Fruity Chia Jam

Mini Frittatas

For kids in grades 5-7 (Age 9-12).

Class Cost:  $45/child

Register for this class.


Curry in a Hurry

Curry in a Hurry
Wednesday, November 19, 10am-1pm
Costin Hall, Lantzville

Back by popular demand: batch cooking!
Get ready to top up your freezer with your own
homemade curry paste and future meals for your family.

As well as enjoying your culinary creations in class, you will take home:
Master Curry Paste
2 Delicious Main courses for four

Class Cost:  $85/person
*vegetarian *gluten-free