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But no matter how wonderful the restaurant, nothing compares to the homemade version, based on an old family recipe. This is where In My Kitchen comes in. The cooks taking part invite groups of up to 6 people into their homes to learn to prepare traditional dishes from their culture of origin.
Vancouver’s Paula Mohammed grew up in a culturally diverse household, with an Indian father and a Kiwi mother whose rich life experiences were often expressed through the family meals they prepared. “Different traditions, recipes, and stories mingled together to create meals that were fun, inspiring, and memorable,” she says. “A kitchen is a great connector—a crossroads of culture where entire worlds open.”
Great Food without the restaurant? Try these culinary experiences
The other culinary option Johnson highlighted is In My Kitchen, a new series of intimate cooking experiences headed by enthusiastic home cooks.
The evenings combine cooking classes with dinner for six guests per evening right in the host's own homes.
"The sessions are also immersive and hands-on. Think of it as going to a friends' place for dinner," Johnson said.
by Carly Whetter
In My Kitchen Brings Cultural Cooking Experiences with Talented Home Cooks to Vancouver
In My Kitchen, brought to Vancouver by local Vancouverite Paula Mohammed who was brought up in, and influenced by, an array of diverse cultures, invites diners to learn diverse recipes and explore traditional cooking techniques right in the host cooks' homes. Then, guests bask in the fruits of their efforts when they dig into a shared meal in a unique Vancouver home and neighbourhood.
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This seems like a super-cool take on pop-up dining/cooking classes: “In My Kitchen” has cooks from different ethnic backgrounds welcome diners into their homes for a, "shared, cross-cultural cooking experience, where diners learn family recipes, participate in traditional cooking techniques, and share a delicious multi-course meal in the host cook’s home.”
Daily bite: In My Kitchen brings homestyle cultural dining to Vancouver founder Paula Mohammed aims to bring people together with new experiences
Just launched this month by founder Paula Mohammed, In My Kitchen sees a variety of passionate home cooks from different cultural backgrounds offering up their homes for hands-on dinners for small groups of guests. You can learn the ins and outs of comforting Japanese cuisine in the Mount Pleasant one week, then skip over to The Drive another weekend to delve into homestyle Swiss cooking.
“My mom was an amazing cook,” Céline Mauboules reflects as she prepares dinner in her East Vancouver home’s kitchen. “I miss her dearly and I have so many questions for her.”
Mauboules is using her mother’s cast iron pan to sear the venison for tonight’s meal. As a few guests watch and lend a hand where needed, Mauboules prepares a six-course Swiss dinner inspired by the recipes of her family. From späetzli egg noodles in nutmeg and butter to green salad drizzled with her Oma’s special dressing, the menu reads more like a family gathering than a meal among strangers. But that is exactly what In My Kitchen wants. Read more