Thursday, March 23, 2017

HAVEN'T BEEN TO ONE OF THESE IN YEARS....


I promise this is my last food post until my regular weekly one.  It has been a week of going out for birthday celebrations and now, a gourmet cooking class.  



A friend of mine has been going to this one for six years.  She had told me about it and how much fun it was, and a few months ago she invited me to go with her.  It is a once a month class and yesterday was the first time it worked out.  


The lady who runs the cooking school is a gourmet chef and has been all over the world learning her craft.  Her home is gorgeous and well you know me, I couldn't not take any photos.  To get to her house it is in the countryside, and you have to drive down the longest dirt road I have ever been on in Virginia. 


We divided ourselves into small groups to tackle the three courses.  It was a haddock dish with a beautiful salad which you can see in my first photo.  It was a bit difficult taking more photos than these as being new I didn't want to be too cheeky.  


So much fun and sitting down to eat the meal we had all prepared was the icing on the cake, so to speak.  Including our host and my friend, there were ten of us.  I had been told by my friend how nice and friendly everyone was, and by the end of our meal I felt we had gotten to know each other very well.  I will look forward to going again.


52 comments:

  1. Very good idea, first learning, preparing food, and then having a meal together. Salad looks delicious. Regards.

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  2. It sounds delightful - and that salad looks wonderful.

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  3. That sounds like that would be alot of fun.

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  4. Oh wow, I would love to take a gourmet cooking class! It looks like so much fun, and the salad is stunning! I love your food posts and don't mind them a bit. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you LC. I really appreciate you saying so.

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  5. The salad looks amazing, Denise! I love this concept, and it looks like a friendly and enjoyable time!

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    1. They did a super job making it look pretty. It tasted great too.

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  6. Will you be going again? Can anyone go? It looks divine! It would be great to spend time with a real chef. And right here in Virginia, too!

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    1. I hope so Ginny. I had such a good time.

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  7. This looks like a lot of fun. Sharing a meal that everybody helped prepare.

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    1. It ended the whole experience beautifully.

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  8. Glad it was worth driving down that longest dirt road!

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  9. I think this is fun and I would love to join a cooking class if there is one near my place. Learning in small group is more fun where we can get to know each other. And getting to taste the food is another wonderful experience. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. I agree with everything you say Nancy. Wishing you a wonderful day also.

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  10. Oh how fun! What a unique experience. The house is amazing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. It was and I was in awe of this pretty home. You have a wonderful weekend also Mildred.

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  11. Sounds good to me. My husband has done 3 cookery courses since he retired to help me out and tasting has been great fun. Diane

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  12. A lovely opportunity and an enjoyable one by the sound of it. Looking forward to some photos of top notch dishes.

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    1. It will be a while before I can go again Valerie but you can be sure I will share photos of the food :)

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    1. It was a very pretty salad Francisco, almost too pretty to eat. A hug and a good weekend To you also :)

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  14. you could not bribe me, or pay me or tortue me into taking a cooking class, but I would be very happy to spend hours looking at this gorgeous home. I thought it was a hotel kitchen until I read the post

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    1. Hi Sandra, it took me a while to get there, months in fact, but I am happy I did. I loved the home and look forward to going back.

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  15. Oh I am glad you took pictures! What an interesting home! And I just love, to peek inside homes!!!!!!!!!!

    What amazing presentation, with that salad!!! Wow!!!!

    So nice you were happy with the class, and all. Now you will want to go again.

    (And.... Maybe take more pictures!!!! -giggggles)

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi LC, I like to see how other people decorate their homes and sometimes get a few ideas for ours. It was an amazing salad. I dare say I will take a few more pictures, wink!

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  16. That looks amazing. Looks like you have a great time.

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  17. Hi Denise, looks a delightful way to spend some time, meet new friends and get a meal at the end. Look after yourself. John

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    1. All of the above John :) look after yourself also. Denise x

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  18. That top photo is gorgeous and I like the table settings, too.

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  19. Oh, that sounds so fun! What a beautiful place and the salad looks wonderful. xx Karen

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  20. I have always wanted to do something like that. You inspire me! Beautiful setting, that salad looks amazing .... nothing but good in this post that's for sure.

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    1. It took my friend to inspire me Sallie :) Thank you!

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  21. It sounds interesting AND fun...I hope you do go again and share your adventure with us.

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    1. I will Rose and I promise to make a post about it :)

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  22. sounds like a fun get together! looks like a pretty country home.
    happy Sunday to you!
    hugs,
    Marie

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    1. It certainly was Marie. Happy Monday to you :) Hugs, Denise

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  23. fun fun fun. this is where the case where more cooks spoils the broth doesnt applies. the more the merrier

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    1. Hello Small Kuching, I like your analogy :) very appropriate.

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