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.
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.
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 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.
- 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 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)
Fruity Chia Jam
For kids in grades 5-7 (Age 9-12).
Class Cost: $45/child
Register for this class.
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
REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS