I posted what we did on Monday (fish fingers - still yummy). Wednesday started out with us making dessert. We do dessert first a lot of times because (1) you can hold it (usually) and (2) you could need time to let it set up. This was the case with the panna cotta we made. If you've never had panna cotta, think of milky jello. I know, sounds gross, and I didn't really care for it, but a lot of people in my class liked it. You do add gelatin to help it set. We infused ours with orange zest. It wasn't bad, but I'm glad to see there are some desserts that I can just pass on. With my sweet tooth, that's not easy to find!
I think I mentioned the edible tulip cups that we made the other day for our chocolate mousse to sit in. The little thing on top of these are almond tuiles. Same concept - it's really just an almond cookie that's shaped after it comes out of the oven.
With dessert, we did one of my favorite dishes - ravioli! We just did a ricotta one tonight - made the pasta and shaped it and then filled with a ricotta/parmesan/basil filling. My only problem was that my pasta dough was pretty sticky, so when we tried to pull it out of the ravioli plates, it stuck. We got enough usable ravioli at our table, though. We topped it with a brown butter and tomato cream sauce, which was outstanding. I was planning on making it again tonight, but I'm too full from today's meal to think about eating anything else.
Finally, we did gazpacho - cold soup with tomato, cucumber, cilantro, peppers, onions, tabasco - pretty standard. We topped it with some brioche croutons. Cold soup is not my thing, but it was tasty - would be a good summer starter, in just small amounts.
Tomorrow, I'm teaching a kids cooking class for a birthday party. There will be seven 11-year olds there. Wish me luck! We are doing chicken bobs (ground chicken meatballs, rolled in potato chips on a stick - Molly?), lasagna roll ups and chocolate dipped treats. We are dipping, pretzels, oreos, marshmallows, graham crackers and rice krispie treats (only because I want to make RK treats).
Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll try to update again tomorrow.