pickled red onions

pickled red onions
Mexican sopes with many toppings

Mexican sopes with many toppings
pineapple cake

pineapple cake
Mexican tres leches cake

Mexican tres leches cake

FAQs

How do I find out about the classes and seminars you are offering at any given time?

Most classes and seminars are privately arranged, so they can be scheduled according to your needs.  Hendrik also runs cooking classes in other venues such as at Longo’s Loft Cooking School and PC Cooking School.  He keeps his own private emailing list and sends out regular notices year-round.  His list is not for sale or rent and your personal information is considered confidential.  Should you wish to be placed on his list, you need only send him an email.  To be removed from the list, simply ask and it will be done promptly.  If you are interested in both cooking and woodworking classes and seminars, there are separate emailing lists for each one.  So be sure to ask to be placed on both if that is what you want.

How do I sign up for a class or seminar?

When Hendrik runs his own class or seminar, he’ll give you payment instructions when you sign up.  If a class is being run by Hendrik at another cooking school, payments are made through the administration of that cooking school.  Hendrik can give you the contact numbers or email addresses you need to do that.

What is the difference between a seminar and private one-on-one instruction?

In a seminar format, Hendrik provides a cooking demonstration for a larger group of people.  While some hands-on opportunities will be offered where it makes sense, the goal is for Hendrik to take you through a recipe and show you every step involved.  You are not each cooking your own dish.

Private one-on-one instruction means that you have booked one-on-one time with Hendrik to learn in a more hands-on and intensive way.  You will be involved in all aspects of the cooking because this can be done when only one person is involved.  You can also book private instruction for you and a friend or two, working together on a dish.  As a group gets larger, it gets harder to incorporate a fully hands-on approach and the format starts to become more like a seminar.

Are there any materials costs for seminars and private instruction?

When Hendrik gives you a per-person price for a seminar format, materials are included in the price but there will be a minimum number of participants required at a given price level.

For private hands-on instruction, the cost of all ingredients is billed out in addition to the tuition cost.  However, everything made is yours to take home.  So long as you properly plan for safe transportation of the food back home, everything goes home with you where you can enjoy what you made with your friends and family.  You can save some money by purchasing the ingredients yourself, as Hendrik’s pricing will include a charge for doing the shopping as well.

What about food allergies or gluten intolerance, etc.?

You must tell Hendrik in advance if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  In a private instruction format, customization is much more possible.  In a seminar format, sometimes a substitution can be made, but only if it doesn’t affect the authenticity of the dish in a way that will be a negative for others in attendance.  Please raise the issue and Hendrik will tell you what, if anything, can be done.  Some recipes can be tweaked and some just can’t.

What are the prices for private instruction for me on my own or a small group?

Private instruction prices vary widely depending on whether it is just one person, two, three or a somewhat larger group.  It also varies depending on what will be made and the cost of the ingredients.  In addition, should you wish to hold the session in your own home or in some other location, then travel fees and mileage expenses also apply.  Please send Hendrik an email at info@passionforwood.com to get a quote on your particular situation.

When you teach me to cook Mexican food, where can I get the special ingredients that I need for those recipes?

There are many specialized ingredients you will need for some of my Mexican recipes which might not be available at your local grocery store.  Common ingredients you will need to buy from a Latin market are canned hominy corn, Mexican chorizo, Mexican cheeses (chihuahua, queso duro blando, panela, etc.), masa harina, achiote seeds, epazote, and lots more.  And most especially, dried chiles like ancho, guajillo, chipotle, pasilla, chiles de arbol and so on.  My favourite place to buy all these ingredients and more is Nostalgia Latin Market at 391 Kerr St. in Oakville and the owner, Jose, will take good care of you.  Take a look at his website at www.nostalgialatinmarket.com.

homemade flour tortillas and salsa

homemade flour tortillas and salsa
Hungarian cookies with homemade prune filling

Hungarian cookies with homemade prune filling
Hungarian walnut roll (dios)

Hungarian walnut roll (dios)
chicken tacos with homemade corn tortillas and fillings

chicken tacos with homemade corn tortillas and fillings
Hungarian parsley potatoes with cabbage rolls

Hungarian parsley potatoes with cabbage rolls
warm bacon and potato salad

warm bacon and potato salad
pan fried wiener schnitzel with lemon wedges and Hungarian mashed potatoes

pan fried wiener schnitzel with lemon wedges and Hungarian mashed potatoes
quesadillas with queso fresco

quesadillas with queso fresco
brown sugar glazed ham

brown sugar glazed ham
blackened spicy barbequed chicken wings

blackened spicy barbequed chicken wings
crème brûlée done three ways

crème brûlée done three ways
Mexican bean and tortilla soup

Mexican bean and tortilla soup
bacchus cake

bacchus cake
coconut cream pie

coconut cream pie
roasted pears with caramel cream sauce

roasted pears with caramel cream sauce
grilled turkey with Mexican mole poblano and sesame seeds

grilled turkey with Mexican mole poblano and sesame seeds
Grandma's stuffing

Grandma’s stuffing
Sicilian caponata

Sicilian caponata
Mexican hot chocolate with Ceylon cinnamon

Mexican hot chocolate with Ceylon cinnamon
Mexican coconut custard with almonds

Mexican coconut custard with almonds
Mexican broiled chicken with peanut mole

Mexican broiled chicken with peanut mole
Hungarian Dobos torte slice

Hungarian Dobos torte slice
Mexican chocolate pecan pie

Mexican chocolate pecan pie
Mexican rice with achiote and pork carnitas

Mexican rice with achiote and pork carnitas
Mexican black bean soup

Mexican black bean soup
Mexican salmon a la Veracruzana

Mexican salmon a la Veracruzana
Mexican white wine sangria

Mexican white wine sangria
Mexican chorizo tostones

Mexican chorizo tostones
hickory smoked pork ribs

hickory smoked pork ribs
lemon soufflés

lemon soufflés
Hungarian paprika potatoes with spicy pepper strips and kolbassa

Hungarian paprika potatoes with spicy pepper strips and kolbassa
Hungarian Gundel salad

Hungarian Gundel salad
Hungarian breaded cauliflower

Hungarian breaded cauliflower
Mexican chocoflan with goat milk cajeta

Mexican chocoflan with goat milk cajeta
filo pastry wrapped pear stuffed with chocolate and walnuts

filo pastry wrapped pear stuffed with chocolate and walnuts

 

puff pastry cinnamon twists

puff pastry cinnamon twists