I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to the Institute of Culinary Education to teach a class for leisure cooks a number of times, but I must say that this last one was really special. Not only were the students a very spirited bunch, but the menu was chock-full of Daisy food, so there was a lot of fun fare to boot! The students were met by my trusted assistant Chef Tagere (hey girl!) and her assistant Culinary Student Sebastian, who greeted them with a lovely platter of assorted cheeses, nuts and fruit to nibble on. Assignments were handed out, and we were on our way!
The menu included Tostones with Garlic Mojito, Pork in Guajillo Sauce, Chicken with Figs, Yellow Rice, and Mexican Flan. I was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces in the class amongst the new.
I set the students to peel and prep the green plantains for the tostones, and to blacken the veggies for the guajillo sauce, while others busied themselves browning the chicken and making sofrito for the rice.
We managed to get the tostones through their first fry, and then started building the brown sauce for the chicken and fig dish.
Once we got the “busy” work out of the way and had everything bubbling on the stove or in the oven, I went around to get to know my teams a little better.
We were soon ready to sample the tostones and the garlic mojito; it got rave reviews!
We made short work out of those tostones! Luckily the chicken, pork and rice were ready to be served!
Last but not least was the flan, which unmolded beautifully!
Everyone enjoyed the delicious fruits of their labor.
Thanks to all the students for making this the best class yet, and thanks to my kitchen ninjas, Tage, Sebastian, and Migui, of course!
I’m already looking forward to the next class!