Last week Val and I had the pleasure of attending a cooking class with Vegan Chef, Doug McNish. We had attended a demonstration by Doug back in the fall at a local grocery store when he was promoting his book, Vegan Everyday. This book is full, and I mean full, of great recipes.
We decided this fall to sign up for his Christmas Cooking class at the Public Kitchen in Toronto. Last week we ventured out and came back with great ideas, awesome recipes and full bellies. Doug and his side kick Megan were great. We had 6 of us in the group and only one lady had been there before (although she had done many before). Now, Val and I are not chefs and neither was anyone else there but Doug and Megan were incredibly patient and set us up so we couldn’t fail.
The theme of the evening was Christmas dinner. We decided back at Thanksgiving that we were going to go vegetarian for that family dinner and it worked out incredibly well, but we didn’t want to just do a repeat of the same menu. We knew Doug would come through with some great recipes for us to try out.
Doug had us break up into groups and assign us a dish to make. They had all the items at our disposal and the pots and pans easily accessible for us. They were there to give us guidance and show us some chef tricks along the way. With ultimate patience and composure, they were both very encouraging everyone.
Doug’s menu included Sweet Potato Ginger soup, Lentil Millet Loaf, Sauteed Herbed Garlic Greens, Spiced Sweet Potato mash, Herbed bread stuffing, Miso Mushroom Gravy, and Chocolate Super Food Clusters. I know I was hungry but I can honestly say that everything was delicious. I loved the gravy which was missed at our Thanksgiving dinner. The herbed bread stuffing was also a favourite and can be easily adapted to use gluten free bread too.
This was the sweet potato ginger soup. I have since tried this one at home and it is so good, and easy to make too.
If you haven’t given one his classes a try, I would encourage you to give one a try. Here is a link to his schedule.
Thanks to Doug and Megan for a great night and we can’t wait to try the recipes at home and come back to learn some more!