What a week it' s been! Thoroughly satisfying and completely exhausting!
This last week I just completed teaching a Beginners Culinary Summer Camp for middle and high schoolers and can I just say we had a blast!
We cooked up everything from the creamiest ricotta scrambled eggs, orange-maple french toast, Udon noodles with peppes, crostinis with roasted red peppers and Balsamico, biscotti & crumb cake just to name a few.
We worked on knife skills, talked about the science behind the foods and the importance of high quality ingredients and the stories behind these artisinal foods.
Fun! Fun! Fun!
And so incredibly satisfying and meaningful.
I love teaching my adult classes at ACE but I think it is so important for me to take a hiatus from that and do this with the kids every summer.
These children are like sponges, taking it all in & retaining everything. I love the stories that inspire and despite their nonchalant attitude as they stroll into the cooking lab, I can see their eyes sparkle when they find something interesting.
Such good kids! And it gives me such hope spending time with them, sharing what I love most about food and cooking with this eager audience.
As the week drew to a close, it was lovely having the parents come into the classroom and eat some of the foods cooked by the kids and talk over a cup of coffee.
It was heartening to hear how much their children enjoyed the class and that they can't wait to return next year. Yea!
Monday, we kick-off the Advanced culinary camp and I can hardly wait! Needless to say, dinners at our home have taken second place and most nights it's been throwing steaks on the grill, roasting veggies and fixing frittatas.
This wonderful sandwich recipe that is in line with 'throwing things together for dinner', is inspired by one summer spent in Tuscany which I kid you not, has some of greatest butchers in Italy. Dario Cecchini anyone?!
The sage-rosemary rub alone is awe-inspiring and I promise you'll put it on every thing from chicken to steak.
So lets just say this recipe is a starting point for many great things to come.
A little like me spending a fortnight with these incredibly talented and inspiring kids...