Vancouver cooking classes: Italian lasagna (from scratch), Vietnamese soup, and Senegalese lunch (en français)

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      Thanks to the cultural and linguistic diversity present in Vancouver, home cooks have a chance to learn how to make dishes and drinks from various parts of the world through locally based online cooking classes.

      Here are three upcoming sessions that will teach participants how to make dishes from Italy, Vietnam, and Senegal.

      Those are in addition to the forthcoming online cooking event from B.C. Blueberries that will teach viewers how to make meals with blueberries.

      Italian family recipes

      While most people may know how to make lasagna, many may rely on store-bought premade packages for pasta and sauces.

      But if you want to learn how to make it from scratch, here’s a chance to learn how to make it using an Italian family recipe that has been passed down for generations.

      As part of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2021, In My Kitchen is presenting Fiorucci Family Lasagne in two-part sessions from 12 to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on February 27 ($53.50) on Zoom. In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed will cohost the sessions and will help to have your questions answered.

      This online cooking class will teach participants how to make the four main elements that her grandmother taught her about: fresh pasta, traditional Italian ragù, Béchamel sauce, and how to assemble it all.

      Due to the length of time it takes to make this dish, the first part will cover making pasta and sauce while the second part will cover Béchamel sauce and putting it all together.

      For more information and to register, visit In My Kitchen.

      In My Kitchen

      Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails

      In My Kitchen is also hosting a session for Dine Out Festival Vancouver to help celebrate the Year of the Ox.

      Although some people may associate the Lunar New Year with only Chinese New Year, there are numerous Asian countries and cultures which celebrate the occasion.

      In Vietnam, it’s known as Tết Nguyên Đán.

      A Lunar New Year Cooking and Cocktails Class will teach participants how to make bún bò hué, a spicy beef noodle soup drawn from the cooking style of the former royal court in the city of Hué.

      In addition, viewers will also learn how to make their own Mandarin Mojito. For this cocktail, Odd Society Spirits is partnering with In My Kitchen to offer participants a 10 percent discount on their East Van Vodka (and are providing a garnish for the cocktail).

      This class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on February 28 ($32.10). More information and registration is available online.

      Senegalese cuisine

      To celebrate Black History Month, Alliance Française Vancouver is presenting a free online cooking class entitled Let’s Celebrate Africa: En Cuisine! at 11 a.m. on February 28.

      Madani’s Kitchen, a Vancouver gourmet catering service specializing in Senegalese cuisine, will present a recipe for Saint Louis–style stuffed chicken thigh, served with cowpea pancakes, in rougaille tomato sauce. A vegetarian option will also be presented for cowpea pancakes with rougaille, sauce served with beet mille-feuille with sweet potato puree.

      The sessions will also be hosted by Madani’s Kitchen founder Rokie Koné and chef Ansou Sagna, and author Wanda Jemly.

      Note that this session will be presented en français—so it may be an opportunity for some to brush up on your French language comprehension.

      To attend, RSVP online at the Alliance Française Vancouver website. 

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