They’re back! That’s right – another year of Les Petits Chefs has started We have an exciting term planned for the boys with lots of visiting chefs and a few field trips too but for the first couple of weeks I wanted to cook with the boys myself to get a feel for their skill level and the types of things they are interested in cooking and eating so I can better choose what to make with each visiting chef. I was kind of stumped as to what to make with them this, the first week, but then I received a copy of Ottolenghi, The Cookbook from Random House Canada and as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to make that dish.
A puff pastry galette topped with sour cream, sweet potatoes and goat cheese with a scattering of chili peppers and pumpkin seeds and baked until the pastry is golden and crispy, then topped with an olive oil infused with parsley and garlic, this was not only do-able in under an hour (I pre-baked the sweet potatoes) but do-able by 10-12 year-old boys. They weren’t too sure about working with sweet potatoes but as they do, they just kind of got on with tasks as I assigned them. There’s definitely a level of trust that I have built up with the boys who have been in the club for a few years now and even if they think they won’t like something, they seem happy enough to prepare it (and often, they find they like it after all!).
We peeled the “gross bits” off the sweet potatoes and chopped them into even slices…
Ok, I know I say this most weeks about what the boys make but oh wow, these were really, really good. Miss Carter and I ate ours as we finished cleaning up the lab and I know some of the boys’ parents ate these before they got home I will SO be making these again. And, like, soon. Gorgeous and tasty. Not to mention easy!
Want to make this yourself? Get the recipe for Ottolenghi’s Sweet Potato Galette on the Crave by Random House blog.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Ottolenghi from Random House Canada. I was not required to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing so.
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