First, we learned about cooking what's in season. Why should you cook what's in season? Because produce is shipping globally and what you get out of season will not be the freshest. So in order to ensure a superb fresh meal cook with locally grown produce if possible & fresh in season foods.
At a technique class you do not get to cook yourself, but watch an instructor cook. However, I was a volunteer in helping to prep the sugar snap peas with an amazing knife the store sells I have just gotta get someday! Did you know they even offer certain days you can bring in your knifes purchased at the store to be sharpened?
Here below is what we cooked & tasted. Enjoy! I truly loved this Spring meal! I will be cooking this again at home.
Pair with rice or Soba noodles
1/2 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed,spears cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 lb. sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 cup fresh or frozen petite peas
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs. hoisin sauce
1 Tbs. rice vinegar
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tbs. asian sesame oil
1/2 tsp. corn
2 Tbs. corn or peanut oil
1 leek, white part only halved, rinsed well thinkly sliced
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
Steamed rice for serving
First you blanch the asparagus & sugar snap peas for only 2 mins. But on the last ten seconds add in the peas. Drain veggies and set aside. Next prepare your sauce with all the liquid ingredients & the cornstarch. Warm the wok to a high temp and add 1 Tbs of oil. Add all veggies including your leeks. Stir fry for 2 mins then add in sauce cook for one minute.
1/2 cup walnuts
3 oz. thinly sliced pancetta
2 to 3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper freshly ground
1/4 extra-virgin olive oil
6-8 cups of torn salad greens make sure you have some bitter varieties in it
Parmigian-Reggiano cheese for shaving
Slimpy make your dressing by mixing the olive oil & vinegar slowly together along iwth the salt & pepper with a whisk
Shave your Parmigian cheese
Roast your walnuts in a pan with out oil for 5 mins or so until golden roasted but be sure not to burn
Lastly cook your pancetta until brown & crisp for about ten mins or so then drain
Assemble your salad and enjoy!