This week marked Vanessa Yeung‘s SEVENTH visit to work with les Petits Chefs (see below for a list of all the other dishes she’s made with them). Amazingly, there was only one boy in the group who has worked with her before so we were able to get back to everyone’s favourite “Vanessa recipes” – dumplings. I’m always amazed at how the noise level decreases and the concentration level increases when Vanessa comes to work with us – apparently dumplings require a lot of focus! I also love how when Vanessa suggests the boys work with raw meat (or shrimp, below), noone complains. Sometimes, when I ask them to work with such ingredients, there’s definitely a bit of the “ew” factor going on! In any case, Vanessa’s visits are proof positive that kids can make fabulous dumplings and potstickers in a very short amount of time..
One group of boys got to work with peeling and removing the tails from the shrimp…
As someone who spends all day with these guys, I am always fascinated to watch how certain tasks in cooking club manage to capture their attention. I always say I’m going to introduce dumpling making as part of the French curriculum 😉
I am fairly doubtful many these dumplings made it home. In fact I saw them being consumed in the hallways, on the stairs, out on the playground, in cars as I saw the boys on their way home. And it’s not just little boys starving after a full day at school. These are boys who know what tastes great. And if they made it themselves? Bonus!
Thanks Vanessa for you continued support of the Petits Chefs program. We couldn’t run it without the generosity of food enthusiasts and chefs like you. Also, in the words of one of the boys the following day “When is she coming back?” 😉
Read more about the classes Vanessa offers on Aphrodite Cooks.
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Congratulations to Cat who won a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi in my giveaway. I’ve emailed you!