It’s the final week of school here before our March Break so that means this is the final recipe Les Petits Chefs will be making from Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Food. I asked one of the older boys what he wanted to make in cooking club this week and his first response was “Cake“. Then he said “Oh wait, we won’t do that, it’s too easy.” (!) And promptly followed that with “Samosas!“. Well okay then! There’s a recipe I’d been eyeing in Jamie’s Super Food book for a while so I took a look. Beef with Sweet Potato sounded wonderful but I had other plans…
We had lots of potatoes leftover from last week’s Super Green Soup so I wanted to use those up instead of buying the sweet potato the recipe called for. I also wanted to find a solution that would work for my vegetarian club members instead of the beef. I decided to substitute some “riced cauliflower” and peas for the beef and rice in the original recipe – having had potato and pea samosas before, I figured this would be a good combination. I talked the boys through these decisions as we worked – I think it’s SO important to teach them not only to cook but also to problem solve in the kitchen. I know many adults who would look at a recipe and think “I can’t make this because I am missing X ingredient” so I think it’s always good to show substitutes and other ways of making a dish when you don’t exactly have ALL the ingredients. Of course, that requires a little knowledge of what makes a good substitute and of what flavours work well together but that comes from a bit of living and learning – kitchen experience which, hopefully these guys are getting every week with me!
We started out chopping the potatoes – the perfect job for tiny hands!
And then we got folding. I’ve made samosas once before with the boys when Charmian Christie came to work with the boys on sweet potato samosas so I kinda sorta remembered the folding (though now I realise she did it a bit differently). In any case, armed with brushes and melted butter and one large knife, we managed pretty well, I’d say!
As you can see the boys had absolutely NO trouble making these. One of them informed me that they had learned the folding technique “from a video game. But it’s about cooking so that’s ok, right?” I’d say definitely if it helps you learn how to fold a samosa!
These were gobbled up (some of them even before they left the lab!)…
So there you go. Not exactly what Jamie had in mind but I’d say he’d be pretty happy with this result. Jamie’s all about inspiring people to get cooking so I’d think the fact our substitutions meant we could make a version of this dish instead of not cooking would be right up there in terms of Jamie’s philosophy.
Get the recipe for Jamie’s Tasty Beef Samosas with Onions and Sweet Potatoes on p 188 of Everyday Super Food.
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