I had an unusual bachelorette party this weekend. It was called for Saturday night and instead of doing the usual drinking, bar hopping and dancing/strip club kind of party this was a cooking and baking party called mycookingparty.com. We made Baked Egglpant Rolatini stuffed with a mixture of Ricotta cheese, Mozzarella, fresh Garlic and Italian Herbs, Roasted Chicken-Smoked Mozarella Ravioli served with a Pomodoro Sauce, Banana-Nutella Purses with Hazelnut Chocolate, Apples, Raspberry Coulis and Rice Pasta for the Gluten-Free girl (that's me). What a buzz kill!
We made pasta (ravoli) from scratch and I must say just me touching and handling Wheat Flour made my face break out in hives and a red hot rash on my cheeks and ears. My face felt like it was on fire. I couldn't believe it. My mom had told me that her Gluten-Free cooking class teacher couldn't even be around raw wheat and gluten-filled ingredients because she got violent headaches. I thought my mom was nutso! Turns out I was. Because having Celiac Disease is serious, and it effects your body in many, many ways. Sometimes I'm so stubborn, I should have listened. My bad and lesson learned!
We were with about 10 girls making these fantastic dishes. Dishes that were so mouth watering even I wanted to eat them! But, after the heated rash on my face incident I decided to just watch, and in my mind I was thinking of fabulous ways to convert these recipes to a gluten-free-friendly menu. When I figure it out, the menu will be offered on my blog. : )
But wouldn't it be nice if there were organized Gluten-Free baking classes out there where we could make tarts, pies, pie crusts, Quiches and pastry purses simular to the ones in the bachelorette party class I took over the weekend? Well now you can. Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health has some great classes going on for Spring/Summer 2010. Classes like Gluten-Free Vegan Masterpieces where you will make Spiced Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Creamy Coconut Frosting, Cappuccino Walnut Brownies, Caramelized Buckwheat Pancakes and more or a Gluten-Free Bread class learning to make gluten free breads like Dark Tangy Pumpernickel, French Baguettes, chewy Bagels, English Muffins and more?
Or how about a class on making amazing Gluten-Free tarts, pies, pie crusts, Quiches? Making jam's from scratch or learning how to make your own gluten-free graham cracker pie crust? Making Gluten-free purses (GF Phyllo dough wrapped with delicious centers of apples and fudge)? Or what about famous Italian desserts but Gluten-Free like Homemade GF Cream Puffs with Homemade GF Chocolate Sauce or Hand Chocolate Dipped Biscotti, GF Canoli's and GF Love Knots? Well you can! Did you hear what I just said? It exists at the Natural Gourmet Institute. Classes run for abou $200 a class, but then again that's a whole lot of baking. The classes run for the day some are from 11am-5pm. I think it's worth it! This is so exciting!
Check out the website. Absorb. And have fun baking!