Chef Heidi’s cooking students will go home with the confidence, skills and enthusiasm they need to cook delicious food like a pro.
A food-focused overview of the ways and means through Chinatown’s shops, each walking tour will be a mine of information for beginners and foodies alike.
Heidi’s award-winning blog will inspire you in the kitchen, bringing excitement to everyday cooking and eating well.
Heidi Fink, a Red Seal Chef and an award-winning cooking instructor, has been teaching cooking classes in Victoria, BC since 1999. Her approachable teaching style, clear instruction, and easy-to-follow gourmet recipes have earned her a loyal following on Vancouver Island. All the recipes in Heidi’s cooking classes are made with the freshest food and most authentic ingredients.
When the folks at Rancho Vignola approached me to sponsor another cooking class giveaway for my loyal fans and followers, I immediately knew two things: that I was feeling a wholehearted YES about the idea, and that I was going to launch the giveaway with my dearly-loved pumpkin seed salsa recipe.
When I am not busy in the kitchen or classroom, you can find me at my computer, reading and writing about food. My food articles convey my passion for food and cooking. They celebrate the thrill of chasing down an exciting new ingredient, the joy of a lovingly shared recipe, or the simple pleasure of good eating. May you find many cooking tips, recipes of interest, and hours of reading enjoyment in the following articles.
A perennial favourite among savvy South Island shoppers, The Root Cellar keeps getting better. True to its mission of 'Farm Fresh, Dirt Cheap,' this busy store combines the best of an open farm market experience with an in-house butcher, an expansive deli counter, coffee shop, ice cream stand, and so much more. Load up on produce from local Vancouver Island farms while eating a delicious sandwich and an ice cream :)
Did you know that BC grows one of the largest crops of blueberries in the world? Our warm days and cool nights make for a perfect summer growing environment. Blueberries are my favourite fruit, hands-down, and I love to make the most of them while the season is high. Blueberries in my oatmeal, granola, smoothies, cottage cheese, muffins, pancakes. . . One of my favourite recipes is for fresh blueberry shortcake, which uses a combination of fresh and cooked berries for a flavour explosion.
With six different local food trucks and a lovely sunny seating area, the Food Truck Festival inside the Royal BC Museum courtyard is a popular foodie destination. Running through to August 31st, come enjoy everything from juicy gourmet burgers and authentic taco plates, to pierogi plates, BBQwild salmon, and Caribbean fare!