Once a friend who was visiting me said, “If I lived in Paris, I would be taking cooking classes all of the time”. I thought at the time, she’s right, I should be taking advantage of cooking classes. France is known for its food and I should be learning as much as I can. Still, it took a while for me to finally sign up for a class. I waited until the end of December 2008 and most classes were full. I thought it would be fun to take one teaching a Christmas menu but finally had to settle for one on risotto which, since I recently, if not after the rest of the world, discovered risotto, wasn’t a bad thing. The class was in the 11th arrondissement at a place called Atelier des Sens. There were 8 people taking the class and it was taught by an Italian chef with his own restaurant in the 11th. We cooked four recipes of risotto and I can’t wait to try them at home. The best one was of a risotto that was cooled and then cut into rounds and fried. Since then I’ve read of the same recipe in the New York Times.
Rice pudding, but made with risotto. He also added creme anglais to it at the end which is a rich sweet cream, not to mention topping it with yummy chocolate.
It was really filling to eat four kinds of risotto but I managed. The class itself was all in French by the way. I’m not sure if they offer classes in English. I’m going to take more classes either here or elsewhere. It is a great way to stimulate trying new dishes and ways of cooking.