How to improve your knife skills:
I love classes. I do, I love them. I really dig getting expert instruction on something I care about. I am always looking for ways to work smarter, not harder, and classes can help a person do just that.
I have been a www.craftsy.com fan for a few years now because they have a terrific selection of online sewing classes. Because I lived so rurally, and am awfully busy, taking a sewing class or workshop in person is pretty near impossible. Finding tutorials on Pinterest or YouTube can sometimes be a home run, and other times it can be a time suck. Enter www.craftsy.com. Their classes are all a home run. I have taken a few sewing classes and this knife skills class and I have never been disappointed.
Unfortunately, I spend a ton more time in the kitchen in front of the stove than I do in front of my sewing machine these days. That’s okay; the babies will grow and someday I will get to sit down and sew…right? This shift in effort has meant I have been ever more interested in upping my kitchen game in any way possible which is why I watched every minute of this Complete Knife Skills class. My husband cracked plenty of knife + ninja jokes until he watched a little bit of the class with me and remarked immediately that we’d been cutting cilantro all wrong.
I had been cutting cilantro all wrong, and come to find out, I’d been cutting all kinds of things the hard way. I’d been wasting garlic goodness, risking my little fingertips, and using the wrong knife. I was a knife ignoramus and the handsome, tattooed, and raspy-voiced teacher Brendan McDermott brought me into the light.
This FREE class is a set of 4 videos and it comes with a couple recipes to boot. Once you register, you can access the videos any time you want, forever and ever, amen. The videos are easy to understand, the videography is pretty and clear, there’s no weird, distracting music and I found the teacher to be quite engaging indeed. If you watch them, you will cut better and more safely, and probably faster too.
So until I can devote the time I want to a sewing class (the craftsy sewing with sheers class is at the top of my wish list…sigh…) at least my kitchen time is shortened and improved because of this online gem.
I am really eager to hear what you Wildflowers think of the class; Please share your response in the comments section below! What other Craftsy classes have you taken? Which class is on your wish list, Dear Readers?
You don’t have to use an ice cream maker to make this easy treat but it is a good way to use an often gifted but not as an often used appliance. I have a love-hate relationship with mine only because I frequently forget to freeze the bowl for the requisite 4 hours beforehand. If you have no frozen bowl or ice cream maker at hand, mix the ingredients together slowly with an electric hand mixer OR a whisk and a lot of vigor.
For the uninitiated, Nutella is the brand name for a cocoa-enhanced hazelnut spread. It is absolutely delicious and if you like chocolate or hazelnut, run to your nearest grocer and buy a jar. I have splurged on other, fancier brands and they were all slightly different- some are thinner than others, and have a stronger hazelnut flavor. The are all excellent, so try with abandon. If you have a tendency to read the calorie content on labels, consider this before deciding that Nutella is “bad”: Like peanut butter, hazelnut spread is filling, and also like peanut butter, is enhanced with added sugar but can be purchased in lower sugar varieties.
After you make the desert below, try spreading Nutella on apple slices, on pretzels, on a banana, on strawberries, and in countless other delights.
I tried the very popular recipe suggested by countless others on Pinterest that consists of only Nutella and coconut milk. It was tasty and obviously pretty simple but froze to a rock-hard consistency. Adding cream and milk makes it much more scoop-able.
Mix in either the frozen bowl of an ice cream maker or in a regular bowl;
½ cup Nutella
one can of unsweetened coconut milk
2-3 tablespoons sugar
½ cup heavy whipping cream (or 1 cup milk if you haven’t cream handy)
½ cup milk
Pour into a container and freeze till firm.
Hint: The Nutella mixes best when warm. If you want your chocolate evenly distributed, consider mixing the ingredients in a separate (not frozen ice cream maker bowl) before pouring into the cold bowl. I love the streaks of Nutella and am not about to dirty another dish, but you certainly could.