The 5 best online cooking classes you can take in 2020

Top 5 cooking classes to take online in 2020

The 5 online classes you can take in 2020 to improve your cooking skills.

This time off is a great time to work on some skills that you just didn’t have enough time during your usual busy days. Learning how to cook is an essential skill that is currently being exemplified by this quarantine. With restaurants closed, and having limited options for take-out we are starting to rely on our homemade cooking ability a lot more. Online cooking classes are a great way to start your journey to becoming a better cook. There is something fulfilling about trying to improve yourself and at the same time, you will also be able to impress the next time you host friends and family for dinner! It can be a great way to get inspired and stay busy during this quarantine and well…you can eat your amazing home-cooked meals at the same time, what’s better than that?

plate of vegetables and healthy food

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Here are our 5 favourite cooking classes you can start taking right now!

 

1. Instructables

Instructables is a site that teaches you how to make a bunch of different things for free. But what’s especially great is their cooking classes are geared for beginners. It offers an accessible introduction to the world of cooking and how to make easy delicious meals. It also teaches you a variety of things from knife skills to how to properly bake, stewing, roast and more. It is a perfect entry-level online cooking class that you can start if you aren’t very experienced in the kitchen, so what are you waiting for? Sign up, get busy and get ready to feel accomplished!

https://www.instructables.com/class/Cooking-Class/

 

2 people cooking healthy food

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2. Udemy 

Udemy offers a range of different courses for different fields but their cooking section is one of their more interesting selections. Their cooking section is divided into two. One contains free recipes and tutorials and the others you will have to pay for. The free recipes come with ratings and reviews so you can pick and choose which recipes you feel like making based on interest and user feedback. For their premium content, Udemy has certain cooking courses for different prices depending on which ones you want to sign up for. You can expect courses like “Essential Cooking Skills” and “Herbalism”(which is an awesome certificate to get) which really shows you the versatility of the site. Udemy is especially useful if you aren’t really sure what you want to make, or if you want to upscale yourself by completing their classes.

https://www.udemy.com/topic/cooking/free/

 

3. Masterclass

guy and girl cooking in kitchen

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For something really interesting and unique, there is Masterclass which if you don’t know, is a new and different approach to online education for a variety of subjects. It is known as one of the best online cooking schools because the kicker is, is that the people teaching these classes are known celebrities and leaders in their respective fields. The best part about that is their cooking celebrities are really top tier. You can be taught by some culinary giants like Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, and Massimo Bottura. They each have their own styles and ways to teach different things so you can see who is a better fit for you. There is also a useful trailer on the courses to get a good idea of what and how you are going to learn. Being taught one on one by these guys naturally doesn’t come free, as a single class can cost you about $120 CAD but keep in mind, these classes are extremely high quality and are made to feel very intimate in order for you to learn as if you were one of their students

https://www.masterclass.com/

4. Rouxbe

Rouxbe is probably one of the most well known online cooking courses you can enroll in right now. Rouxbe is welcoming to all different skill levels and is also a cost-effective entry into the culinary world. You can take on multiple courses like on how to cook and make pasta, how to master your fry pan or do the “The Cook’s Roadmap” which is a course that helps you gradually develop your skills over a set path that tests different skills. What’s especially nice about Rouxbe is that you can go at your own pace and make sure to properly learn what they are teaching you to receive the proper experience. Their membership is available monthly at an affordable $9.99 CAD or at an annual fee of $99.99 CAD. There is however a 30-day free trial which we recommend you try before you buy to see if Rouxbe is best for you!

https://rouxbe.com/

 

5. Thekitchn Cooking School

Thekitchn promises 20 lessons in 20 days for you to be a better cook than you are today for free. It is like a compilation of organized crash courses that are meant to have you learning quickly. The lessons themselves are extremely informative and go into detail about how to properly use the equipment, what to do, what not to do and what you shouldn’t learn for example. The lessons really come across as an honest and realistic approach to cooking at home and it really compliments how their lessons are structured. The lessons usually contain multiple assignments for you to practice what you learned and refine your skills. To us, it creates an almost class like atmosphere which can be a real motivator for some but also allows you to get a strong foundation of culinary knowledge.

https://www.thekitchn.com/


If you are in Montreal you might want to check these cooking classes.

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Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas

Farms Around Montreal Delivering Produce Online

How to buy food from farms around Montreal?

It is a great alternative than having to wait in line at the grocery store and also a proactive way to not only support your local businesses but also making a conscious effort to socially distancing yourself. Ordering from these farms not only assures you the freshness of the products but also the type of quality you’d expect from one. Different farms specialize in different products so pick one that aligns with your diet choices!


Here is a list of Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas: 

1. Fermes Valens

Fermes Valens is a farm that started in 1965 and was passed down from generation to generation. They really pride themselves on living a healthy lifestyle which is reflective of the goods they sell. The farm produces a lot of biological and gluten-free options from, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken eggs and gluten-free pasta for example. They have a wide selection of different foods and also has convenient ready to eat options but unfortunately, they do not have fresh fruit or vegetable available at this time. Fermes Valens also has a delivery schedule for Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to click their ‘delivery’ tab to make sure they deliver to your area!

If you want to find out more check them out at https://www.fermesvalens.com/

Vegetables and Groceries in a bag on a table

2. Potager Mont-Rouge

Potager Mont-Rouge is a family-run farm that really focuses on what is currently in season so you can get the freshest and tastiest produce. However, the opposite of Fermes Valens, Potager-Mount Rouge has a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables but does not have a meat selection. They do however have a great weekly selection in which some specified items go on sale and would be wise to take advantage of this when possible. They also offer a weekly themed basket of fruits and vegetables which can also be an interesting choice! Mont-Rouge, unfortunately, does not deliver to Montreal so be wary.

Check them out: https://www.potagermont-rouge.ca/

strawberries in their baskets in a market

3. Le Panier Bleu

To put it simply Le Panier Blue is an initiative from the Quebec government to get us to buy our products locally. Le Panier Bleu actually doesn’t sell anything specific (right now) rather they are a medium in which you can look up what you are looking for and will point you to multiple Quebecois online stores to purchase from. This way, it creates a hub of completely local businesses that when you purchase something you can be sure your money goes to our local entrepreneurs. This list also includes multiple farmers around the region which by putting your address in, you can see the different farms that can deliver to you. Le Panier Bleu really stresses the importance of preemptively reinvesting into our economy to help Quebec’s people and economy get through this, which we think is a great idea. The site is still in its early phases as it plans to expand to be able to directly buy from the site itself so make sure to stay updated, we know we will!

You can find more info at https://lepanierbleu.ca/

selection of vegetables

4. Jardin Des Anges

  1. Jardin des Anges is another farm focused on selling and providing organic produce. What is particularly awesome about the farm is that they not only sell their own produce but help support smaller local farmers by selling their farm’s specialties on their site. They also have some different items week per week depending on what’s in season. This farm has the widest variety of products available compared to the rest of the farms on our list. It provides a healthy choice of vegetables, meats, fruits and also has other complimentary products. The site itself is easily navigatable and what we enjoy is that there are filters in which you can easily identify if a product is from their garden, from Quebec, imported or a  Canadian product so you always know where your money is going.

The farm delivers to Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to check to see if they can deliver to your specified address first!

Visit them at https://www.jardindesanges.com/en/

 

Pro tip: Check out our “The 5 best online cooking classes you can take in 2020”

 article to find ways to best use your fresh new produce!

Top 5 Winter Canadian Foods You Must Try

 

Everyone has a favourite thing about winter. Even if your favourite thing is when it ends. But, even if the leaving of winter is what sparks joy in your heart, chances are you have another favourite part of winter… comfort food!

 

Warm, fragrant, comforting dishes, often with crispy golden crusts, melty cheese, aromatic spices, or sticky sweetness are one of the best parts of winter. Even better if you can enjoy it with people you love, or snuggled up on the couch with cozy socks and a whole lot of Netflix.

Here are the best Canadian Comfort Food Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

So without further ado, here are 5 foods to eat in a Canadian winter that’ll warm your heart, comfort your soul, or even bring loved ones together:

 

  • Swedish meatballs

    Swedish Meatballs

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    Winters are typically cold, dry and dark in Sweden, but the Swedes are known for embracing the season by enjoying outdoor activities, chilly walks, and even commuting by bike year round. There is even a Swedish saying that “there is no bad weather, there are only bad clothes.” So they bundle up and head outdoors! But, they also fully embrace the coziness of being indoors on a frosty evening. While this is obviously not a Canadian dish, it’s one Canadians should really embrace… beyond the infinite walls of Ikea.

    Swedish meatballs are hearty, comforting and even a bit festive with a hint of allspice and nutmeg. Paired with a dollop of leftover cranberry sauce, it almost feels like Christmas dinner.

    The Recipe Critic has a fantastic, heartwarming recipe for Swedish meatballs. Although making meatballs from scratch instead of using frozen can be time consuming, these are totally worth it. You can even make them in large batches and freeze, then make the gravy on the day you plan to serve them.

    If you want to make a vegetarian (though not vegan) version, add a pinch of allspice to cooked or canned lentils, then make just the gravy for the meatballs and add in the lentils. Add a diced carrot and a few handfuls of fresh or frozen kale, simmer slowly until carrots are tender and serve over creamy mashed potatoes. Yum!


  • Butter tarts

    These classic Canadian cups of decadence are to die for with a cup of coffee or milky tea, or dare we say… a little spiced nog? Despite the name, they don’t have a whole lot of butter in the tart filling (plenty in the pastry though), but they do have a buttery, caramel-y yumminess that just seems to melt in your mouth.

    Adding chopped pecans to the filling is AMAZING. Raisins are optional, and if pecans are too pricey, chopped walnuts are great as well. Some recipes suggest chocolate chips, but as far as we’re concerned, that’s a big no-no. It just makes them overly sweet. So, if nut allergies are a concern, just leave out the nuts altogether. Sans nuts they’re still delicious and if you aren’t used to that nutty flavour, you probably won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

    The Food Network has a great roundup of 26 butter tart recipes with a few unique takes including butter tart squares, pinwheels, cheesecake (totally non-traditional, but very yum), bacon butter tarts (intriguing) and more.

    butter tart

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  • French Canadian baked beans

    Not to be confused with Boston baked beans! Which are also good, but nothing beats slow cooked baked beans flavoured with maple syrup, thick sliced bacon (or not, for a veg version), molasses and brown sugar. Even better, beans are insanely nutritious, wallet-friendly, and as a cultivated crop they have a pretty low carbon footprint. What’s not to love?

    Traditionally, baked beans were simmered with chunks of fatty, salted pork to add flavour and much needed calories in those early days of our country’s colonization when food was about survival. Today, you can skip the pork without skipping on flavour. Just be sure to keep the maple syrup and molasses to get that hearty flavour unique to the French Canadian style of baked beans.

    Now, if you’ve had canned baked beans and you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal?” Well, trust us when we say they just don’t hold a slow cooking candle to homemade!

    This is a great recipe to try that includes a dash of worcestershire sauce to give a delicious depth of flavour. These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, are amazing as a side to fried eggs, baked ham, tourtiere or even sauteed greens. They reheat amazingly and even freeze well. Enjoy!

    Baked Beans in Canada

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  • Beaver Tails

    Beaver Tails

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     This is the quintessential treat to eat outdoors (always outdoors!) during Canadian winters. If you’ve never had one, what it is is fried dough (roughly in the shape of a beaver’s tail) that’s been dipped in cinnamon sugar. Kind of like a fresh, flat doughnut, Beaver Tails have a crispy outside with a soft, doughy inside. Although they are fried, because they’re fried at a high heat, they aren’t super greasy. Instead, the light frying melts with the cinnamon sugar when you bite into it for pure deliciousness. But it’s not all crispy fried dough and sugary yums. Beaver Tails are classically made with whole wheat flour. So.. you know… fibre!

    There are now several permanent Beaver Tail kiosks around Montreal, but the very best are the pop up stands and food trucks you’ll often find around winter carnivals and skating rinks. On a crisp, cool afternoon, nothing beats grabbing a Beaver Tail along de la Commune in the Old Port and taking a tasty stroll through the old city. For a truly Canadian experience, grab your skates (or rent when you get there) and take yourself to Ottawa to skate along the Rideau while enjoying your Beaver Tail.

    Although getting Beaver Tails to-go is the classic way to enjoy them, if you have a deep fryer at home, you can also try making them yourself!

 


  • Indigenous Foods


    No winter table in Canada should be considered complete without honouring the indigenous people of this land who have known for thousands of years how to thrive during our harsh winters. Indigenous recipes have slowly been working their way into the mainstream spotlight and there is so much deliciousness and powerful history to discover within them.

    From caribou stew and bannock, to three sisters soup and wild rice with mushrooms, winter can be filled with warmth, comfort and discovery.

    Check out these recipes from the CBC for salmon with garlic and sage, wild rice stuffing, and apple, cranberry and wild sage crisp. Make a hearty three sisters soup and share the beautiful story and message of growing together with your family. Or try wild blueberry scones and invite a few close friends for coffee and a catch up.

     


What’s your favourite typically Canadian dish for winter? Please share it in the comments! Recipes are more than welcome ;-)

Looking to go to the outdoors this winter, make sure to check out Best winter shoes brands in Canada and the best winter jackets to keep you warm in a Canadian Winter.

Also here is some general advice on how to dress for winters in Canada.

Sho-Dan is Showing Up for Montrealers! | Montreal Tips Community

Sho-Dan sushi restaurant has been a downtown favourite for locals, tourists and business travelers for many years. It’s upscale, but still inviting and has a great atmosphere for a fun night out or a romantic evening for two.

It’s vegetarian friendly, accommodates groups through private rooms, and the creative menu can only be described as a work of art. Delicious, delicious art.

 

Now this Montreal fixture is really stepping up for Montrealers by participating in two key events happening this Fall:

 

YES Montreal – Tune Into YES13

 

YES was founded in the mid-90’s in response to the flow of young, aspiring and English-speaking Quebecers leaving the province for better career and business opportunities. Their goal is to help English-speaking Quebecers find gainful employment in-province, build and expand meaningful careers, and even start or grow their own Quebec-based businesses.

 

Their annual Tune Into YES event is a benefit and silent auction to raise funds for this incredible nonprofit organization. The event is always a lot of fun and this year’s is looking especially exciting with live circus performances from the amazing Le Monastère, as well as complementary wine and beer, and delicious bites from local restaurants including Sho-Dan. Sho-Dan will be donating a selection of their famous and scrumptious dishes to the event to support the cause and make for a truly unforgettable evening.

 

MTLàTABLE – Local chef, local ingredients, local awesomeness

 

For the first time ever, Sho-Dan will be participating in the annual and eagerly awaited MTLàTABLE.

 

If you love food (who doesn’t?) you have to love MTLàTABLE. With 150 restaurants throughout the city participating, you can sample just about everything the city has to offer. Every participating restaurant offers a table d’hôte at a flat rate of $23, $33 or $43 (a select few have brunch offerings at $17). These are all high end restaurants where a typical evening out would cost much more, so the event offers a unique opportunity to sample the menus without breaking the bank.

Presse conference Montréal à Table.

Presse conference Montréal à Table.

Because of that, the event is extremely popular so reservations are a must.

 

This year, Sho-Dan is offering an impressive menu at just $33. The three course menu is built around local ingredients and features halibut marinated in maple syrup and miso, shrimp tempura with ginger and lime, gyoza (everyone’s favourite), salmon tartar with fruit, mochi ice cream and so much more.

 

Sho-Dan is located in the heart of Montreal’s downtown on Metcalfe between Sherbooke and de Maisonneuve.