I was so fortunate to meet Adell Shneer at a Women’s Culinary Network event in Toronto back in November. Not only does she have a dream job working for Canadian Living which I find absolutely fascinating (and would love to know more about – hint hint!), but she immediately offered to come and work with Les Petits Chefs as part of our guest chef series this term.
Adell was just recently promoted to Test Kitchen Manager, but has been with the magazine as a Food Specialist, then a Senior Food Specialist since 2005. Her role as Manager capitalizes on her amazing cooking and people skills. In this key role on the Canadian Living Test Kitchen team, Adell is faced with the task of developing hundreds of new recipes and ensuring that each and every recipe meets the Tested Til Perfect stamp of approval. Adell has done numerous live and television appearances and is passionate about her profession and brings a zesty energy, creativity and a welcome warmth to all her endeavours.
One of the things I really like about the Canadian Living food section is that so many recipes are quick and easy without looking like they took you 30 minutes. What could be better than sitting down to a from-scratch meal in under an hour? Well, how about a soup and a pasta dish in under an hour prepared by 10 boys under the age of 11? Yes, you read that right – Adell chose to prepare Tex-Mex tomato rice soup and Quick and Easy chicken piccata linquini with the boys.
Some of our Petits Chefs were off at the warplane museum on Monday so I invited some other boys to come and join in to make up the numbers. We had a mix of Grades 4 and 5, and after introducing herself and chatting briefly about her job, Adell divvied up the jobs and made her way around all five stations, helping the boys out with their tasks.
Causing passers-by to stop and peep in at the organized chaos that is Les Petits Chefs! However, out of the chaos, the boys produced two professional looking dishes that received rave reviews from both the boys and the parents of those who managed to save them a little taste!
Tex-Mex tomato rice soup. This one has a kick! You can definitely taste the two jalapeño peppers. I love that we prepared this chunky-style – it’s lovely and rustic. One of the boys took it home and puréed it and served it to his whole family in shot glasses. I had better watch myself, huh?
Thank you so much Adell for sharing your enthusiasm and expertise with the boys – I know they will be making these recipes again