Somehow this blog has been digressing somewhat from Cuisine de Provence to more international fare which I promise will be rectified soon but not before I share two wonderful and absolutely to be recommended adresses and events with you. I do not quite remember how I happened to stumble upon Goldhahn & Sampson but when I read Deli plus Cookbook Shop plus Cooking Classes I knew this was an adress to investigate.
And their cookbook shop! OMG! As a self confessed cookbook junky I really, really had to restrain myself. I don't think I have ever seen such a fabulous selection of cookbooks - many titles in English and most I'd never seen before. You could spend hours there browsing.
But as wonderful as all this is what we had come to Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg for was the cooking class. G&S offers different cooking classes and my sister and I had chosen "Chinese for Beginners". What can I say? This was one of the best and most generous cooking classes I have ever attended. Lijuan Chen our delightful teacher and Giulia, her lovely assistent made sure we all learned how to prepare six authentic Chinese recipes while nibbling on Soya beans and drinking fabulous German Riesling. This was hands on cooking and we all learned a lot and had a lot of fun. If you go to Berlin and want to take a cooking class - check out Goldhahn und Sampson's Website and, if you are lucky you might just be able to catch one of Lijuan's classes. I do urge you to go!
Mise en Place
Our delightful teacher Lijuan Chen
We learned how to prepare Jiaozi - dumplings filled with a fragrant beef and spice mixture
not all that easy to prepare them....
Steamed seabream with ginger and spring onions
A feast not only for the eyes - the class ended with a delicious dinner