I watched a Food Network video by Tyler Florence and I wanted to try french onion soup myself. The recipe is HERE! I used Merlot wine and Thyme powder. Everything else was as done as the recipe. This is definitely a delicious soup!! Low carb without bread and low fat if you don’t use cheese. I’d definitely make this again! My first homemade soup and I love it!!! 😀
Throughout USA, Sur la Table is known for its kitchen supplies and cooking classes. I’m back in USA with some time to actually go to a couple classes. They range from $30-80 per class. If you wait to book your class, you might be able to get your class half off! They usually discount the tickets if not enough people sign up for the class. The best time to buy your ticket is 1-2 days before the class. If you sign up to their newsletter, they’ll actually send you an update letting you know the classes have been discounted! Nice! 😀 I took 2 classes. Oktoberfest and Autumn in Paris.
The menu for this meal is German themed. We made Braised red cabbage with apples and bacon, crispy pork schnitzel, and black forest mini bundt cakes.
Let’s start with the braised cabbage. This is the best cabbage I’ve ever had! EVER! Apples, bacon, onions, raspberry/cherry jam and spices….phenomenal! The sauce to the right is browned butter, lemon juice and fresh parsley sauce for the pork schnitzel. Such a simple sauce and tastes great with the pork or any meat.
Above is the delicious black forest bundt cake. It’s commonly known in Germany as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (literally, black forest cherry torte). Chocolate cake with homemade cherry syrup, cherries and whipped cream. A very rich cake with balanced flavors. If I wasn’t so full from eating a lot of that delicious cabbage, I would’ve eaten another cake too. We had leftovers of everything because only 4 students registered! Best case scenario! Hands on cooking for each of us. 😉
And last but not least, pork schnitzel. A schnitzel is just breaded meat that’s pan fried. It’s very common in many cultures and countries throughout the world. For this recipe, I seasoned the pork tenderloin with pepper and salt on both sides. Then I floured, dipped in egg wash and covered with plain Panko bread crumbs. Fried them in a skillet until golden brown on each side with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
Overall, I loved this class. My classmates were lovely women and chef Stephen was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. 🙂
Autumn in Paris
Our chef Jeremy was quite comical! He talked about his French cooling classes in France and his southern hometown. I cut myself and burned myself during this night. So I was the pun of some of his jokes because I kept getting hurt at almost every process of cooking. I must admit, it was funny to me too. 🙂
Anyway, for the main entrée we made Steak Au Poivre and Roasted potatoes with Espelette and Thyme. I loved the potatoes and the brandy sauce we added on top of the steak. This is a complete savory meal. We also made Braised leaks but considering this class was bigger due to it being “Date Night, ” we each got a small leak to taste when they were finished cooking. That’s why you only see 1 leak alone in the photo below.
And finally for dessert, we made Crêpes Suzette. I was always a little apprehensive about making crêpes because of flipping them in the pan and getting them thin enough to be crêpes and not pancakes. This was easier than I thought it would be and I was happy to succeed in making crepes. These were very nice. The orange syrup sauce we made for it wasn’t overpowering. I didn’t feel like I was eating a crêpe smothered in orange juice. It was a good balance.
Here’s another recipe I found on Tasty via my Facebook subscription to the page. Recipe HERE! I have been trying to use more carb alternative foods because my body has an extremely difficult time processing carbohydrates (slow metabolism, boo!). This is my second time using cauliflower as a substitute. My first time was pizza crust (delish by the way!). I am constantly impressed by all the things we can do with cauliflower. This is a great snack to make instead of tater tots! 😉
For those of you that use facebook, you may be following “Tasty” or “So Delicious.” I watched this video because they called it a healthy snack. I’m back in USA now visiting family and of course I have an oven. So you KNOW I got my bake on! Haha! Click here for the facebook video link! I know I’ll be making this again for a healthy snack. 🙂