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Last Sunday, we held a cooking class in which 13 people gathered. On the menu, we had a few French dishes and an Italian dessert. It was tasty.
As for several months now, we organize various events with the Tokyo Spontaneous Hangout Meetup. We, for example, went to a Chanko Nabe Japanese restaurant or we spent an evening at an Izakaya with Karaoke.
Last Sunday we held our first cooking class. As first one, it was not perfect, but it was a success.
Cooking class in Harajuku:
For this first cooking event, we rented a fully equipped kitchen in Harajuku –Tokyo. To do so, we had to book the place two months in advance because it is highly prized. This is due to its very affordable rental price.
Once rented the kitchen, I asked my friend Teresa to come and help us make this first cooking lesson. Teresa is a recent graduate of cooking school inPhilippines. This was an opportunity for her to have a first original experiment.
Finally, with my friends Aki and Teresa, we decided the menu: Salad Chardonnay, Filet and cream sauce with lemon and strawberry Panacotta.
After setting the details and made purchases, the event could take place.
Cooking class: success and can do better
We got there at 13:00 to prepare everything. Students, meanwhile, arrived at around 14:00.
With no experience in this area, we have made mistakes of beginners and we will try to correct them for next time. Here are some examples:
- The quantities (especially fish) were slightly low
- Teresa cooked on her own table which made her less available for students
- We had forgotten useful accessories such as trash bags
- The time was a bit tight (4 hours) which made us having no opportunity to enjoy our meal correctly.
We planned another cooking lesson in July 2012 and hope this will be better this time.
Cooking lesson: a friendly atmosphere
Even though we were beginners in this area, the friendliness was very present. We were four organizers (Aki, Teresa and her husband and I) plus 9 students. We divided into four groups to allow everyone to participate and to cook.
The atmosphere was funny, the jokes were presents and a little bit of competition spirit (but not unhealthy competition, just a funny and friendly one).
In the end, everyone cooked, had fun, laughed, tasted and learned. This is why we want to do another event like this.
In the meantime, I suggest you to download the recipes we cooked so you can practice them at home. To do this, simply click on the link below.
If you have any recipe ideas for our next event, let me know and we will try to achieve them.