, A cooking Demonstration was organized yesterday evening. A professional Game-Cook and writer was brought in to show people techniques for preparing wild game. I was asked to assist and I suggested that I could demo side-dishes that would be healthy, and work well with his menu. The organizers said Ok.
I made up a menu that included mashed sweet potatoes with Splenda & molasses, brown & wild rice with Portobello mushrooms, cooked in chicken stock, stir-fried veggies, cold strawberry soup with sliced strawberries and blueberries, and wintergreen tea.
All of my dishes came out perfect
. When I gave my demo, I used the actual ingredients that I had used to make up the dishes, and showed the people how to properly use the chef's knife, how to maximize effort by dicing & slicing veggies & fruits in the proper sizes for the various dishes, and how to season successfully. I even showed them easy techniques for bias slicing veggies for the stir-fry.
To make a long story short, I was able to expand on the info given by the pro, and show people that with a bit of imagination, they could prepare delicious food without a lot of fuss & bother, and without exotic herbs and spices.
My emphasis was on preparing food in its simplest form, using proper technique, and choosing foods that compliment each other.
After all was said and done, I had several people ask me if I was planning on doing any more demo's. I had one lady tell me that she hated sweet potatoes, that is until she tasted mine. And several people told me that they'd never heard of adding mollases and sweetener to sweet potatoes, but that they loved them. And the compliments I received about the rice, well it makes me blush (or would if I was the blushing type
). They also loved the strawberry soup, made with fresh berries, unsweetened soy milk, Splenda, and blueberries. Most said that they didn't like soy milk, but loved the soup.
I even got compliments from the pro, who told me that I really knew my way around a kitchen and who also complimented me on my preparations.
In other words, the experience, my first of that kind, was an unqualified success! I wish I could do that for a living. It's so much fun opening people's eyes to the simplicity of cooking. It's really not rocket science, but you do have to learn the basics. I hope all of you who love to cook can enjoy the same kind of experience I had yesterday evening.
Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North