I convinced my partner that our relaxing cottage vacation just had to involve the evening cooking class at the Cookery School @ The Waring House and we were thrilled when it kicked off with a glass of Prince Edward County’s Wine. I really enjoyed my glass of Sandbanks’ Dunes followed by a glass of their BACO.
The number one reason this experience exceeded my expectations was Chef Jordon’s down to earth way of teaching us his tips and tricks, plus his great personality!
“Corn” was the theme for the evening’s cooking, and the menu was:
- Smoked Chicken Breasts
- Corn, Avocado, Tomato Salad
- Sweet Spicy Grilled Corn
- Greens Beans, Blanched
- Upside Down Peach and Corn Cake with Bourbon Vanilla and sugared pecans
Our group worked on the Sweet Spicy Grilled Corn. The silks were removed, the leaves replaced with kitchen string, the corn was soaked, grilled, finished in the oven then covered in the sweet, spicy sauce. I can’t wait to make this easy recipe at home. It wasn’t really spicy, just the perfect balance to the sweetness.
This chicken was amazing! It was rubbed down with some spices, smoked in the smoker and finished in the oven. The skin was crispy, the chicken was moist and full of flavour.
Not only did the Corn, Avocado, Tomato Salad and the blanched green beans add colour to the plate they were also full of flavour, fresh and light, a great balance for the chicken and corn. I really enjoyed this flavourful salad and can’t wait to make it for guests.
The upside Down Peach and Corn Cake with Bourbon Vanilla and sugared pecans was the perfect ending to a great meal and evening. The fresh and local peaches were a great combination with the corn cake. The bourbon vanilla cream was light and added a fabulous balance along with the sweet and smoky sugared pecans. I made this recipe as soon as I came home and it turned out almost as fabulous as this one.
Thank you so very much to Chef Jordon McGinnis and his assistant Kaleigh. You picked a great menu using seasonal ingredients! You made the night and trip very memorable.
Thanks for these recipes I’ve already added to my collection, I’m excited about re-doing this entire menu at home.
We also made some new friends (sous chefs) as we all pulled together to get the meal done on time without a hitch. I just love that we were the last to leave with new cooking tips, pleasantly full tummy’s and very happy taste buds.
Looks so fun! This kind of class is totally up my alley! 🙂