So off we went to Jones the Grocer last night for the lovely Chocolate Cooking Class, which dad and Jacqui bought Mars as a birthday gift. It was a hot and humid night and we went straight from work so we were very keen to see what they had in store for us for the rest of the evening.
We arrived to a large café/deli, which is very nice indeed and filled with tons of various bits and pieces you can buy for your pantry from lovely olive oils to coffee grinders etc.
After sitting down to a long table with several other people on the course all anxiously waiting, we dug into the nibbles and hors d’ oeuvres that were on the table for everyone to share. Some very nice bits of salami and blue cheese with olives and crudités, where all snacked on while we got to know all the other people. There was a nice Arabic couple, a young girl about 12yrs all by herself with a keen interest in cooking, a single New Zealand woman in her thirties and a married American woman who was clearly a foodie, and then of course Mars and I.
Our rather charismatic pastry chef; Quinton came over and introduced himself and showed us over to the cookery area. We were to make chilli chocolate brownies and crème anglais. Quinton kept us all fully entertained with various mishaps and his over the top personality which was fun.
It was a really lovely night and we both had a few giggles, everyone was really nice and relaxed. The chocolate brownies, which Quinton insisted in putting two huge handfuls of chopped chillies, came out rather spicy to say the least, and when we all finally got to sit down and try them there were a few desperate calls for glasses of water. So think we shall either leave the chillies out of our version or replace it with something softer like lavender or rosemary.
The crème anglais with zest of orange was tricky and I have to say Mars excelled in this, whereas mine ended having to be saved at the last second from turning into scrambled eggs. But was very tasty all the same.
We shall keep you posted on the next instalment when we go back next week, to learn how to cook Veal rump!
Thanks to Dad & Jacqui for organising this Mars, it was a unique and interesting birthday gift and lots of fun.