This year for Valentine’s Day Heather and I did something a little different. Usually, we are boring and cook a nicer-than-normal-meal or go out to eat. But one of my dear friends (Thanks, Caro + Alex) gave us a cooking class as a wedding present, and we decided to redeem it on Valentine’s Day.
Liisa and John at Cottage Cooking could not have been kinder hosts. Our certificate actually expired at the end of last year, but they let me use it in February, AND I emailed them about Heather being on crutches and they were quick to assure me they could accommodate her.
We arrived, BYOB vino in hand, around 6 and got right to it! We started out slicing the main ingredient to make Hasselback potatoes, something I’ve seen and never made. Next up, was brie and raspberry jam in puff pastry and the main course: Salmon en Papillote. En Papillote means “in paper” and this is such a genius and cool way to cook it. We wrapped green onion, lemon, asparagus, garlic, compounded butter and white wine in the parchment paper with the fresh salmon and it turned out moist and delish!
When everything was ready, we all sat down to eat together! Our hosts and the other couple had all traveled extensively and Heather and I had just returned from France. Travel and bucket list dreaming is always an easy topic of conversation and it was cool to learn about everyone’s favorite destinations.
After dinner, we made creme brulee! I have to say, I really want a blow torch now, it was so satisfying!
It was cool to make dishes I would regularly deem too fancy, and realize how simple they were! I never go for presentation, always flavor. Now I am inspired! We are planning to cook this menu for my mom while she is in town and hopefully she’ll be reallll impressed. Although she does live with an amazing cook, so I’ll have to bring it.
After leaving, Heather and I agreed it would be a super cool activity to do with friends or another couple. It would also be a cool way to meet new people if you are new to town. I highly recommend Cottage Cooking for a cool date night, girls night or as an individual! Huge thanks to our friends for a very cool and original gift!