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Indian and Persian cultures have been intertwined for centuries, part of the migration of Islam Eastward through the Indian subcontinent, culminating in the Mughal Empire of the 16-19th C. Persian was the official language of most Indian Muslim dynasties, and was also the dominant aristocratic language of poetry and literature. Centuries of trade in spices, ingredients and ideas are evident in the cuisines of both cultures, and showcased in this Indo-Persian menu by Chef Romina Arya of Auth Foods.
Knowing how to choose, use and care for knives is one of the most essential parts of any cook’s skill set. Join Chef Sonya Gammal for a solid primer on knife skills and kitchen fundamentals. In addition to learning about the knives themselves, participants will get ample opportunity to practice a range of different hands-on knife skills as part of the preparation of a delicious meal. Chef Sonya will guide you through foundational skills such as: selecting, storing and handling knives, sharpening and honing, knife safety and tips, techniques for dealing with common ingredients like onions & garlic, classic vegetable and herb cuts such as julienne, brunoise, and chiffonade, and the easiest way to break down a whole chicken into 8 standard cuts.
Chef Candace — whose name is Nawatiin Kwe, meaning Calm Water Woman — is an Anishinaabe entrepreneur from Aundeck-Omni-Kaning on Mantoulin Island. Her passion for food started as a child, and continued to grow over the years as she helped prepare foods for lunches, events, and ceremonies in her community. An interest in wellness and nutrition, emerging from more than 10 years as a frontline worker, also informs her approach to sourcing and preparing healthy, local, seasonal and traditional foods and medicines, like her Cedar Tea kits. Chef Candace has prepared this meal to share with us, inspired by the traditional foods and connection to the land of her First Nation family.
Babka is a sweet, twisted, yeast-dough bread with Eastern European roots. Typically served as a dessert and the perfect accompaniment to coffee, babka has transcended its humble roots and become a trendy staple in gourmet bakeries around the world. Classic babka is either chocolate or cinnamon-filled but can be made using any filling you can imagine, savoury or sweet. In this class, participants will learn to make the yeasted dough essential to babka recipe, and then the shaping, folding and…