29 September 2011

GUEST BLOG: Rookie cooks

By guest blogger AMY WRIGHT

The second session for rookie cooks at Didsbury Sure Start Centre, on the evening of Thursday 22 September, kicked off with a great tomato pasta sauce It was the simplest thing to cook - tins of tomatoes laced with garlic, served over pasta and with fresh basil - food of the gods! Everyone was impressed with just how quickly this was put together and how tasty it turned out to be! Cooking leader Alison also added some chopped-up vegetarian majoram and sage sausages to the sauce which added to the flavour and gave it a bit more bite!

We then moved on to learn how to cook a vegetable curry - the thing that puts people off trying and cooking vegetables is often how to prepare them but Alison showed the group how to chop and peel perfectly, which gave everyone confidence in the preparation stage. The group peeled and chopped onions, garlic, chillies and ginger, adding dried coriander, garam masala, turmeric and cumin, which soon had the whole room licking their lips with the fabulous smell! Added to the spice mixture were sweet potatoes, spinach beet, chickpeas and tinned tomatoes, and this was cooked until the potatoes softened. Served over a bed of rice with a delicious home-made raita (cucumber and mint in natural yoghurt), it was tasty and healthy... Everyone sat down to eat and we even managed to feed the security guards!

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