Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Advanced Cooking Course - Aphiwe

You have read about the cooking course well we started an advance cooking course.
After the normal cooking course was done most of the ladies came to me and asked if there wasn't any other cooking courses for them to attend so they can learn more, after a long planning session we started with the advance cooking course.

The advance cooking course is were the ladies can make there own food, instead of sitting behind a desk and taking notes we give them a chance to make and experiment with new food ideas. We made it like this for two reasons according to me you learn by doing but also to teach them how to work with food as well as how to work with knives, it was scary to see how these ladies worked with knives and that they use one knife to do every thing.

Ladies before they started cooking

After the four week cooking course the ladies get invited to do a 1 day advance cooking course.
In this course the ladies make there own food I am only there to help and give advice. They all ran to the table with the ingredients and no one stayed behind to heat up the stove or to sort out the table, after I spoke with them they started to send two people at a time to get the things needed. This helped them to be more effective and get the meals done in time.

Hendri explaining what the ladies are to do
With the first advance cooking course past, there are a few things that I would change and add to it not just to make it easier but also to make it more fun for every one there.
The ladies needed to bring the following with them (a pot, a pan and there own knives) all these things were needed to make the day easier. They started with a starter Veg. fries (looks like French fries but made out of carrots and pumpkin, they then made an energy bomb for dessert that needed to go into the fridge. When all these where done they started making their chicken curry pot.

Chopping food for main meal

Ladies getting to know one another as they cook in teams
We told the ladies to halve the dessert recipe because it is very sweet (125ml sugar, 4 42g bar-ones, halve a cup of syrup and 100ml margarine and four cups rise Crispies) they then went and only halved the rise Crispies and left all the rest of the ingredients the same, this made it extra energy bombs, EXTREMELY sweet.

Busy making the Bar one dessert
After all the groups were done we dished up for every one, they had of both the pots to also taste what the other groups pot tasted like. There were a panel of judges that day to help to choose a winning team, they decided both the pots tasted so nice that we gave first place to both teams.
They all were winners just by attending the course.

With love in Jesus
Hendri and Liezl

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