Yes, it's true, ALL of the kids at yesterday's cooking class liked (or LOVED) the cauliflower! Four kids ate TWO heads of cauliflower. And this was after they made their own peanut butter for the dark chocolate peanut butter bites. And after they made some yummy mac-n-cheese. Read on for some highlights from yesterday's Mac-n-Cheese Please class...
- We started off by making peanut butter from.....peanuts! That's it! And it was so good, we had to make a second batch so that everyone could take some home to share. I asked if it was good, or if they thought we needed to add sugar (like most peanut butter's at the grocery store) and the answer was NO! The kids made the peanut butter themselves, using a Vitamix (safely).
- We used our peanut butter to make dark chocolate peanut butter bites. We used unsweetened chocolate. Everyone already knew that chocolate comes from a bean! Three kids gave it a taste and it did not taste good - in fact it tasted awful. But, the dark chocolate peanut butter bites were delicious!
- Next, they chopped up TWO heads of cauliflower. The kids tried out both real and plastic knives to core and then chop the cauliflower. They mixed it with some oil, salt and pepper and roasted it in the oven. We put some cheese on top for the last few minutes. Did I already say that they LIKED it!
- Finally we got to the mac-n-cheese. They sampled the three different cheeses, and got their approval on all. The cheeses were selected because they melt easily. They learned how to use a food processor (again, safely) with a shredding blade, and shredded a pound of cheeses. Next they cooked a pound of pasta and drained it, doing all of the work themselves. Then we made a roux, learned how to incorporate an egg without scrambling it, and patiently whisked until it thickened. They mixed it all tougher, and voila! Everyone had different spice preferences, so they mixed in their own when eating. Paprika was the favorite, with cayenne pepper coming in second.
- I was impressed with a great group of young cooks! I'm looking forward to teaching this class again!