Christmas is just around the corner, so if you’re keen to ace a holiday party at home, here are some cooking classes to get you started.
Holiday Dishes Made Easy
Nothing says the holidays like party dips and traditional Christmas treats. Not much of a chef or a baker? Now you can whip up your very own goodies from scratch with these upcoming cooking classes at Expat Kitchen.
Sweet Christmas Cheer
25 November from 10am to 1pm $165 per person
End the year (and dinner) on a sweet note by baking your favourite yuletide treats. At this class you’ll learn how to make mince tarts, mini Christmas puddings, ginger cake with lemon frosting and Christmas cookies. EL readers get $45 off this class by quoting “SCTEL”.
Dips & More
30 November from 10am to 1pm $165 per person
Dips are great for two reasons: they’re easy to make and they keep your guests occupied if you need extra time in the kitchen! On the menu are appetising starters like roasted red pepper dip, Tex-Mex grilled bean dip with corn chips and smoked salmon spread with ciabatta crostini. EL readers get $45 off this class by quoting “DAMEL”.
On 8 December from 7.30 to 9.30pm, join Expat Kitchen for spicy mulled wine, meatballs, sausage rolls, mini mince pies, ginger cake, cold cuts and cheeses to celebrate the festive season. Limited tickets ($50) available. 9 Norris Road.
Crafts and Cocktails
If you’re in need of some help with drinks and décor, check out these classes from The Providore, perfect for the holiday season.
Cocktail & Canapés Night
$90 per person
Head down for a fun and relaxing night, where mixologists from Sipsmith Gins will demonstrate how to create cocktails. You’ll also learn to make canapés, perfect for the upcoming party and holiday season. Check theprovidore.com for dates.
Wreath Making & Canapés
$140 per person
In this combined craft and cooking session, you’ll learn how to create your very own holiday wreaths and table centrepieces, and enjoy a canapé-making demonstration. Featuring florist Kristy Cornell and cookbook author Ghillie James, this is the cooking studio’s first series of craft and canapés sessions. For dates, check theprovidore.com.
Once you know how to make everything, stock up on all the ingredients you’ll need to make those canapés, dips and desserts. Online specialty marketplace Foodsterr is a great go-to this season, with a huge range of dried fruits, seeds, oats and nuts, organic products and superfoods, plus those hard-to-find ingredients. Trust us, you’ll be glad you’re in the know when you’re sourcing reasonably priced pecans for that traditional Thanksgiving pecan pie recipe you’ve been dying to try. (Hey, we’ve been there, so save yourself the trip to Mustafa!) It’s $2 delivery for purchases above $50, and free delivery on orders of $100 or more.
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