I have to be honest, it started out with two faux pas on my part. First, I messed up the calendar and put the wrong location down. Instead of going someplace about 5 blocks from my work - walkable - we took a 15 minute drive, paid $4 to park and then drove back. Luckily, we were ahead of schedule and were only a few minutes late to lunch. Obviously, I was still flustered about the wrong location and when I was introduced to our host, Jenni Hogan, the first thing that came out of my mouth was "Hello. You're tall." We've got a big flat panel TV and I've seen her do the traffic many times, but even on our big TV, she didn't seem model tall. Evidently, she used to be a rower and she was wearing tall heels. And she's also probably the first big media personality that I've met. I wonder if I would have been able to fit both feet in my mouth if I had been as lucky as Whit to interview Scarlett Johannsen (in my research for this post, I learned she canceled but Whit interviewed Samuel Jackson instead!).
We participated in Hipcooks Healthy, Fresh and Zingy class, making two red pepper soups and a seared tuna with fresh mango cucumber salsa. I was a little concerned heading to a cooking class given my paleo-ish eating. But with a name like Healthy, Fresh and Zingy I had little to worry about, although there is photographic evidence of me holding bread, gently rubbing it with heads of garlic.
|I didn't eat any! Photo by @unitedstatesofmotherhood|
I learned a few awesome things too. When roast peppers, I usually cut them into slices before hand. I lose the liquor, the juices from inside the pepper, so I'll be roasting peppers whole and then cutting them into slices/strips. Our salsa had lime zest in it and we discussed using leftover zest to make citrus sugars which would make a nice hostess give or rimmer for a cocktail. I'd be interested in trying to make lemon pepper, as we've been eating a lot of chicken lately. I even learned how to pour two soups in a bowl and keep them separated and make a ying-yang look (sorry, no photos).
I wasn't the only one who was learning things - two of the ladies don't cook and they've got photographic evidence of them making some pretty good food now. And now, their friends want Kat to make it for them.
@beauraines @scoutshonor Well now they're all asking me to!! #UhOh #ImInTrouble
— Kat is my first name (@Kat_Kim_) April 12, 2013
After our snack, we went back to class and made a super easy strawberry sorbet. I've made sorbet before, but it involved sugar syrups and mashed berries and my ice cream maker. This was just frozen strawberries, some vanilla bean paste and a blender! Throw them all together, blend till smooth and enjoy! I think that this could even be made as a one person snack, say for when a kid comes home from school on a hot summer day (if we ever get those in the Pacific NorthWest).
It was a great break from work to cook and meet and network with some cool people. I got to meet Kerri's new baby, who was quite possibly the quietest baby I've ever met. Hopefully, with help from Kristin and my nagging, Heather will move her blog to Wordpress.