Happy Food Revolution Day!
I can’t think of a better post to write today than one involving my Petits Chefs. And since it’s Friday, Dorie Greenspan has to be involved too! And since it’s Food Revolution Day, with the theme of “Cook it. Share it.” what better way to celebrate than to share how to make a Dorie Greenspan recipe with the boys? The French Fridays with Dorie crew are participating in Food Revolution Day too!
Food Revolution Day is a chance for people all over the world to come together and stand up for good food and essential cooking skills. It’s a chance for people to come together in homes, schools, workplaces and communities to cook and share their kitchen skills, food knowledge and resources. Food Revolution Day is a global day of action to raise awareness about the importance of good food and better food education for everyone.
My choice of recipe was a little bit dictated by the boys and what I know they like but also guided by necessity. Last night I hosted 19 boys and their family members in my school dining hall – we taught the boys a couple of Jamie Oliver recipes, then they taught their parents, then they sat down to eat together. More on that later (when I have recovered!). Since I felt like three components of the meal was not enough (!) and that we needed something a little sweet to end the meal and I remembered how much the boys last term loved making Thomas Keller’s madeleines so I figured we’d make Dorie’s version together. And because a cooking class involving nearly 70 people didn’t quite seem enough to take on, I hosted regular cooking club right after school yesterday where the boys prepared the madeleines!
Now, I’ve also made madeleines before for French Fridays with Dorie and Tuesdays with Dorie and I even spent an afternoon discussing whether lighter or more golden colour was preferable in one’s madeleines last summer at La Cuisine Paris. They are a pretty easy, yet fancy looking dessert and last time we made them in cooking club, a few of the boys’ mums ended up buying madeleine pans because the boys loved them so much. Once you have the madeleine pan, it’s a simple-to-prepare dessert that everyone seems to love!
In terms of passing on cooking “skills” there’s not much these boys don’t know. So I didn’t think it would be too challenging. Unexpectedly, the greasing and flouring of the pans proved to be something they were quite interested in and took a great deal of time perfecting…
I knew that a recipe that involved lemon zesting would be popular 😉
I forgot my piping bags at home so the boys learned to fill the madeleine pans with spoons…
We popped these in the fridge for a few hours whilst we went ahead and whipped up, oh, you know, oven baked potato wedges, cruncky garlicky chicken and tossed salads for, you know, 19 families (all the boys’ work!) and then baked them up in time for dessert.
We had a bit of a madeleine pan #fail though – four of the 6 trays we used were perfect and gorgeous, the other two were a little odd – they didn’t have the typical “hump” that a madeleine does, rather, they had a bizarre concave effect and stuck to the pan. With a little persistence, we got them out but the were definitely the ugly ducklings A great lesson to show the boys how differently things can turn out with just one slight change in a recipe though. They still tasted great and, in fact, there were NONE left so, you know they can’t be all that bad. Here’s what the nicer ones looked like:
Madeleines to make Dorie proud Gobbled up by one and by all. I’m pretty sure a few (more) of the mums will be buying madeleine pans soon 😉
All in all, a wonderful success I love showing the boys how easy homemade, from-scratch treats can be and I do hope I inspire even one of those boys to bake something from scratch this coming long-weekend. I always say if you’re going to have a treat, you might as well make it from scratch so you know what’s going into it! I’m sure Jamie Oliver and the Food Revolution folks would agree. Well done guys!
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