A cooking class about what should you keep in your cupboards. To be a creative Hipcook, always ready to make something amazing out of (seemly) nothing. This menu is all about freezer & pantry diving to whip up a creative meal in minutes. A Hipcooks pantry list, & storage tips are part of class.
With a great pantry and freezer, you can create fun and exciting dishes on the fly. Guests that arrive at your table (surprise or not), are in for a treat! If you’re a newbie, start with this menu and then begin branching out. In our recipes below, we’ll get your juices flowing.
The Surprise Guest
Peas 2 ways: Minted pea crostini & Lemony pea soup
Minted pea crostini with parmesan & Lemony pea soup
Cod with pistachio, raisin & parsley pesto, couscous, & a light curry sauce
Red wine-poached pears
Infused Chocolate Bark
Minted pea crostini- Crostini are mini-bruschetta, and the possibilities of delectable toppings are infinite! Turn seemingly random ingredients into super-creative mini-bites: a few tablespoons of extra goat cheese, chopped olives and a rasp of lemon zest make for a great little bite! Do you have some leftover bites of steak in the fridge? Try some mustard, thinly sliced meat, and a plop of onion relish.
Minted Pea Soup- The recipe below is for any leftovers of the minted pea crostini topper above. Of course, if it is a blustery winter day and you want to warm your guests with soup instead of crostini (or you are simply a soup lover!) then begin just as we suggest, but turn the whole thing into soup. Also worth considering: this soup is absolutely delightful to serve chilled, so you have options, people, you have options! (Welcome to the great world of cooking.)
Cod with pistachio, raisin & parsley pesto, couscous, & a light curry sauce- We chose cod because this is a tasty, hearty fish that you can easily purchase frozen and store in your freezer for dinners like these. Quality matters! Choose thick fillets of wild-caught cod or halibut for the best results. Elevating it to star quality is easy: it must be perfectly cooked so that it is juicy (not dry). The sauce for the top is packed with flavor, and the light curry and cream for the bottom gives each bite more complexity and variety. Couscous is one of the best pantry grains to have on hand for “surprise!” dinners like these because it cooks in a minute. Its mildness serves a great conductor for the other flavors on the plate.
Red wine-poached pears- We call these “drunken love pears,” and they are delicious! You can throw these on the stove while you and your surprise guests are eating dinner — they’ll cook themselves.
Infused Chocolate Bark- If you haven’t got the time or the desire to shop for pears, homemade chocolate bark elevates store-bought chocolate to new heights! Melting the chocolate allows you to infuse exciting flavors, plus you can achieve exciting thinness! Beautiful chards of chocolate, sprinkled with nuts and Maldon salt, are sure to impress any Surprise Guest with your cooking prowess. Rwar!