Monday, October 25, 2010
What's cooking, kids?
Friday morning, I casually mentioned to my co-sponsor that it would be a shame to waste all those beautiful tomatoes... So she called me up on her way home from school and suggested that I make something with them for the kids in the club on Monday. On Sunday, I headed over to school, scissors in hand, to cut some and make salsa. Kids like salsa and chips, right? And yes they did. It was a huge hit today. Thank goodness.
The first was a box of vanilla and chocolate macarons from Trader Joe's brought in by Nicolas.
Number 2 was a tray of pains aux chocolat prepared by Noëlle. She explained how she made them and then we are sampled them. Her great discovery was the difference when the croissant is brushed with egg white before baking. She definitely liked the appearance of the brushed ones best, she reported. I discovered this at the age of 49-- she is way ahead of me. (Oh, how I longed for a cup of coffee from Foster's Market, but there was no time for that malheureusement.)
Next came Olivier's tarte aux pommes.
Merci, mes élèves. I intend to use all of this when I make a presentation at next week's NCAIS conference in Charlotte. My session is called "Get them cooking!" If today is any indication, I think I am making great progress, n'est-ce pas?
Fresh Tomato Salsa
(from Favorite Recipes with Herbs by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good, 1997, Good Books)
4 large plum tomatoes (I used 2 plums and 2 green tomatoes)
1/4 c. chopped scallions
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper, or to taste (I didn't use this for the kids)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh black pepper, to taste
Cut the red tomatoes in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Cut halves into 1/4-inch pieces. (The green tomatoes do not need to be seeded, just chopped.) Place in bowl.
Add remaining ingredients. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours before serving.
Makes 2 cups
Bon appétit, mes jeunes gourmands!