Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cooking Classes

Millie's school has started a cooking class every other week (every fortnight) for parents. I decided to make myself go for the purpose of meeting new people and perhaps expanding my exposure to other cuisines.

I have met some very nice people. None of them are born in Australia. Which is SO TYPICAL for the area we live in. It's fantastic. India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, South America, England. It's so great.

This week we made baked ricotta and pear salad with roasted walnuts. 
And we always get to sit and eat it, too! With no kids around!

Last week we learned to make Kumara and Chickpea Curry. Kumara is the Maori word for sweet potato. It was a delicious dish and very easy to make. I learned a new technique for making rice and the curry was very healthy. It's a keeper!

The kitchen is amazing. There are five cooking stations with high-quality cookware and stoves. All the cookware is color coded so the kids know where to put it away. And they DO put it away. They teach them that clean up is part of the job. I have some cooks in my house that STILL think putting the dishes in the sink counts for cleaning up.

They have a full-time cooking expert that teaches cooking to the children. And they really learn to cook! Each station learns one part of the meal and then they all come together to eat the complete meal. They also use vegetables from the garden on the school grounds! It's very impressive.

Last week when I was there the menu on the board said:

Vegetarian Fried Wontons
South American Pumpkin Rice
Silverbeet (swiss chard), Kale, Zucchini and Corn Fritters
Roast Vegetable Salad with Jerusalem Artichokes

When my kids go to the required cooking class in junior high they learn to make cookies with store-bought cookie dough and biscuit from a tube. It's embarrassing.

Here are some of the things the kids learn to make at Point Cook College (grades K-9):

Pumpkin Penne with goat cheese

Spinach, herb, and cheese rolls

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng

Roast potatoes with broccoli and cauliflower gratin

And TONS ("tonnes" or "heaps") more. If they published a cookbook I would buy it.

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