Dave and I love Tangerine: The Food Bar in Regina. Their rotating menu of fresh, original and organic food always satisfies and brings a smile to our faces. One of our favourite things to do on a Friday lunch is to head to Tangerine together (always trying to arrive well before noon, before the long line up, to ensure we get a seat).

Considering how much I love the food at Tangerine, it’s a wonder it has taken me so long to take part in their cooking classes. Many of my friends have raved about these classes and I finally attended one the other night – Tapas! I love small plates and fun finger food, and I had a great time learning how to make a wide range of tapas dishes.

Amy (Tangerine’s owner/chef) is a fabulous teacher! She gives easy to understand instruction and some great cooking tips for every level of home cook. The classes themselves are small (about 8 people per class), so there is plenty of opportunity to get some one-on-one instruction and to learn from others in the class.

Because we were cooking small plates, our class made six dishes:

– Moorish zucchini salad
– Paprika potatoes with roasted garlic dip (my absolute favourite!)
– Olives with orange and lemon
– Spciy sriracha shrimp
– Chickpeas and chorizo
– Romesco Sauce

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Following preparation, everyone leaves the Tangerine kitchen, and heads into the restaurant to enjoy the food we have prepared together. The paprika potatoes with roasted garlic dip was my favourite, closely followed by the romesco sauce (dipped in fresh bread). Thanks to the recipes I got to take home with me, I can’t wait to make these myself sometime soon!

I am not going to write down the recipes, because they aren’t mine to post… but I encourage anyone to sign up for a cooking class at Tangerine for a great evening out. The classes can be hard to get into, and you have to sign up months in advance. My best advice would be to follow Tangerine’s Facebook page or twitter feed and watch for their pop up classes… and jump on the chance to sign up!

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