Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fried, Burned, & Mush...

Happy March to you all! It's a new & exciting month!

I knew it was going to be "one of those days" when I woke up this morning...well, it kind of was. Although I can't remember what it was about this morning that made me think that, but a few mishaps did happen in the kitchen today. We learned variations of frying. Yes, this is a "plant-based" culinary school, but we still use oil.

So...there may have been a batch of broiling eggplant that totally burned, pan-fried green tomatoes that turned out to be total mush, sweet potato fries that didn't crisp up like they should have, agave nectar squirted into a pan full of oil because the user thought it was olive oil, and a close call grease fire (oil spilled over the pot...yikes...not my fault!!). Now, not all of these were my mistakes, but there may have been a few of them... :-)

Most of the dishes turned out superb though - not everyone's tomatoes were mush. This particular asparagus bunch was extremely fresh and broiled to perfection! So far this week, we have been learning the dry methods of cooking...broiling, roasting, pan-frying, deep-frying, sauteing, etc.

Yesterday's delights looked a little something like this...all of these dishes look so much better in person - but this is a snapshot into my world...

Sauteed Pears & Apples with raisins; Roasted Mushrooms atop Quinoa;
Grilled & Seasoned Okra & Squash

This group made an AMAZING "cheese" out of raw cashews - served under the grilled squash & okra.

Although my day started out a little bit "off", it ended with a nice, breezy bike ride (to offset a few of those fried food calories & of course for the fresh air!) & a plateful of non-fried veggies (cabbage, leeks, & collard greens) alongside a mixture of quinoa & red lentils.

Blessings to you all as you begin a new month! :-)

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