Kitchen news – 13th February 2014

Week 3 and we were settling in nicely to a term of delicious cooking until the dreaded lurgy struck in Casa Moore and select Kitchen classes had to be cancelled… My sincere apologies to all the classes affected and I promise I will make it up to you with even more fabulous recipes in the weeks to come.

So those who got stuck into the Banquet Menu for Chinese New Year had a great time parcelling up Vegetable spring rolls with our homemade and easy Sweet chilli sauce (no need to buy the gloopy stuff ever again!), squashing gow gee wrappers for Chicken and shiitake dumplings with chilli and black vinegar sauce (and veggie versions too),  squishing slimy cucumber slices together for Kylie Kwong’s Chilled cucumber salad, using the iceblock-cooling method for Cold spicy sesame noodles, whisking our freshly laid eggs for Stir-fried eggs with tomatoes and chilli soy, and also preparing Perfect rice and the all-important Jasmine tea with which to Yum Cha! A banquet fit for an Emperor, Empress or indeed Principal…!

We used the slightly under-ripe long green chillies and also some baby yellow capsicums in the recipes, and the chilli oil was one we made last year (Sean’s recipe)… but rest assured, the children ate it all – heat or not! Don’t be scared to add a little chilli at home as the children found it fun – and they definitely know to wash their hands after preparing chillies!

Thanks to everybody who has pledged volunteering support so far, we couldn’t do it without you! If you haven’t yet and are keen to help, and are able to commit to a session every week or fortnight for a term in the kitchen and/or garden, please drop me a line here or see me at school and I will forward on some info and the term’s schedule.

Cheers and happy cooking – and don’t forget subscribe here if you don’t want to miss any recipes!

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