I always say food brings people together, no matter where it takes place and what kind of food is being served. It is something universal that everyone enjoys and it can be a bonding experience for all. I attended a cooking class held at Cookyn Inc recently and learn how to prepare simple Swedish dishes. When it comes to anything Swedish, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is very likely the Ikea, the ubiquitous home furnishing store that we all know and love. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t have at least one item (or many many more) purchased from Ikea in their homes. I personally have been a big fan of Ikea for many many years because their stuff is fuss-free, affordable and aesthetically appropriate for whatever space I needed to spruce up.
So the Swedish dishes which I learned to prepare included deli items from the Ikea deli and I think these items may not be as familiar to most as the home furnishing items at Ikea. No, I’m not talking about the meatballs. These four dishes I learned how to prepare are waaaaaaayyy more exciting and look a gazillion times more impressive than the meatballs. Don’t believe me?
Check out the pictures below.
Incredible, isn’t it? You’d think that all these dishes require a lot of fancy gourmet ingredients but they don’t! The key ingredients can be acquired from the Ikea marketplace. Who’d have thunk? And they are also simple to prepare, so whether you’re a beginner cook or an experienced chef, these dishes are a delight to prepare and I know you’ll have fun whipping these ingredients together. I don’t know about you, but I hardly go to the grocery deli section at Ikea. But after learning how to make these four dishes, it totally opened my eyes on the various possibilities of using Ikea pre-packaged food items.
A behind-the-scene look of what took place in the kitchen. Dinner party friends and family will be most impressed that you can put together this four-course meal effortlessly.
I am a total convert now and after taking this class, over the weekend I went to shop at Ikea, coming home with a huge bag full of groceries. :P I can’t wait to recreate the dishes I’ve learned from the Ikea SwedeCook class for my family and friends, as well as experiment on my own to come up with new recipes. There’s Ikea furniture hack and now I can also hack Ikea food items. *rubbing hands excitedly*
Cooking is always fun with friends and I had fun with mine! Pictures above taken with Sandra, Wee Heng from AspirantSG and Daniel from DanielFoodDiary.com (whom you know is my food partner-in-crime). :D
If you wanna try your hand at the same dishes, Ikea is currently running a fun campaign called “Pretty Smart Kitchen“. All you need to do is send in a photo of you in your kitchen or dining with family at home by June 14th, and you may win a chance to learn everything that I’ve learned at the Ikea SwedeCook Kitchen Workshop on June 29th. Best part is, you can submit as many photos as you like to increase your chances of being picked as a winner! Hurry and start snapping away, people. :D
This cooking class is a lot of fun and the food that you will be learning to make is really delicious. Trust me, you won’t regret this. Marinated herring is usually not the first thing that pops into my mind but now that I have learned how to conjure an amazing appetizer with it, I plan to make this again and again.
Good luck and good eats! :)