With the recent launch of my new business, Behind Foods, I’ve been contacted for various services which is so exciting–especially for my creative side! One week I got a phone call from a local charitable organization called Goddard Riverside Community Center. They have various programs for all ages, but I was asked to teach a cooking class for a group of kids in one of their summer programs. I was told their theme this summer was Cuba, so they wanted to learn how to make some traditional dishes. Excited to volunteer, I started thinking about the recipes I could make.
So last week, the day for the class finally came…
At first I thought I was going to be teaching a cooking class in a more lecture-style, but I was relieved and so happy to find out that the kids were going to be helping out too. A collaboration! There were about thirty kids, and they all eagerly took turns to cook in the kitchen.
It was a long and slow process, and we all definitely practiced keeping our patience. It just had such a comforting aroma!
Who knows how long it would’ve taken to chop up the 24 plantains, but with the help of our trusted team the job was done, and done well!
There was another young chef with us that mostly managed the plantain frying operation. He definitely knew what he was doing.
One of the girls mentioned that they looked like pancakes, and we wondered how they would taste served like a traditional American pancake breakfast. That’s right… with maple syrup and the whole shebang!
They were ready to be fried again. While they were frying once more the rice was cooking, and people took turns supervising it, sampling it… you know, just making sure it was okay.
And enjoy they did. I don’t think most of them could wait for the arroz con leche to cool down, but they went crazy over it anyhow. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s a delicious treat warm or cold! The green plantains were served with salt and fresh lime juice. Never tried them with lime juice before, but they were a hit as well!
It made me think of kitchen dynamics, and how you can really click with others when they cook. I enjoyed every bit of it, and I’m pretty sure they had a lot of fun too.
If you’re interested in the recipes I have PDF cards for them:
And now I’m off to Florida, and will be teaching a “Beauty on a Plate” workshop. If you’re in the South Florida area you should definitely check it out. Tickets are still available.
And I put a countdown widget on the sidebar as a reminder. On that note, what’s something you’re looking forward to?