Brooklyn KitchenEvery month, I spend at least half of my paycheck on Seamless. So at the start of the year, I made a resolution to cook more. And of course it hasn’t happened.

To give us some inspiration, I booked Ryan and I into a Vegetarian Couple’s Cooking class at the Brooklyn Kitchen. If you remember, I made Halloween candy there last year and had been really impressed with its space, teaching and use of time.P1000408 P1000392P1000353

Tonight, the marshmallow ghosts and peanut butter cups were off the menu, and instead, we cooked up cauliflower soup, Brussels sprouts salad, spaetzle and pound cake.

In true Brooklyn Kitchen style, we juggled the four recipes with relative ease and completed the four-course menu in two hours. Of course that was helped by our teacher, Daniel, and his assistant helpfully measuring out everything for us before we got there.P1000354 P1000355

Soup ingredients

Soup ingredients

I enjoyed all the recipes, but let me share my favorite with you: spaetzle.

I’d had spaeztle before without knowing it. When I was 14 and on a German exchange, spaeztle was all my host family could shove in my terrified face, because they didn’t know what else to serve vegetarians. But I never knew the name for this higgledy piggledy pasta.

You start by making the batter. For four servings, you need:

1.5 cups all purpose flour; 1 egg; 1/2 cup sour cream; 1/2 cup milk; 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds; 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

We mixed it until it looked like cake batter. Then we prepared a pan of boiling water seasoned with enough salt that it tasted like sea water.

Using a tablespoon, we scooped a little batter out and then dropped it, bit by bit, into the boiling water. Once in the water, the gloops stayed apart and cooked into misshaped pasta pieces.P1000398 P1000396

After they’d been in the boiling water for three minutes, we scooped them out with a slotted spoon and placed them on a tray covered with oil. Then we repeated the process.P1000401

After the spaetzle were all cooked, we left them on the tray while we prepared our veg in a skillet. We drizzled in olive oil and once it started simmering, we added two carrots, which had been sliced into disks, and a bunch of kale, which had had its stems removed.

We sauteed them until the kale wilted and the carrots looked a little crispy, making sure they were well seasoned. Then, after they were browned, we turned off the heat and added the spaetzle to coat it with the oil, veg and seasoning.P1000407P1000411 P1000414

Nearly there… but there was still dicing, chopping and seasoning to be done for the other recipes. When there are vegetables involved, there’s chopping involved! It’s actually a lot of hard work and takes a lot of precision, especially if you’re cooking for more than just one. I’ll definitely be looking at this website that explains different vegetable choppers to see which one I’d benefit from purchasing…it’ll certainly save me a whole lot of work in my cooking endeavors!

Making the Brussels sprouts, radish and potato salad

Making the Brussels sprouts, radish and potato salad

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Making pound cake

Making pound cake

P1000360 P1000363 P1000369Then, with the cakes freshly out of the oven, we sat down for our four course dinner. That spaetzle was by far the tastiest, but the cake was also deliciously light and moist.P1000421 P1000418 P1000419P1000415 P1000423

I actually hadn’t been that convinced that I was going to learn tons from the class that I’d genuinely want to take away with me – but the recipes were simple and so tasty.

Farewell Seamless, hallo spaetzle.P1000417