Cookie Time …

Today MCHS students were very engaged in baking cookies. Each student made their own batch of cookies from scratch. We weighed the ingredients carefully, ground the almonds, and mixed everything in a bowl. We formed the dough into a ball with our hands and then rolled it with a rolling pin on baking paper. We cut rounds with cookie cutters and carefully transferred our cookies onto baking trays before baking them. Meanwhile we also made from scratch two batches of carob chocolate, in which we dipped the baked cookies. We managed to half-dip all the cookies, just in time! We each packed 5 cookies in a cellophane bag to take home. Really yummy cookies, the rest are sitting in a jar on our counter waiting to be consumed. 😊 Continue reading

Rice-Bowl, Waffles & Cookies

We were happy to see some new faces among us! It was another busy Thursday-eveningfor the Hands-On Team. We again served the “rice bowl” dinner of organic broccoli, asparagus and tofu in a tamari ginger sauce with avocado and topped with black and white sesame seeds, on a bed of brown jasmine rice. We also baked fresh waffles made with rice and quinoa, cashew butter and linseeds. Quinoa is very high in protein and contains unlike many other foods all the amino acids. Linseeds contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and can be used in the combination with water as egg-replacement. Again we had different options to choose from how to top the waffles – this time also ice cream! Most popular was still our carob-spread with banana slices and some freeze-dried raspberries. The buckwheat-almond cookies half dipped in carob chocolate were on the go too.
Some of us made more chocolate bars – this time the raspberry one!
We wish you all a nice weekend and are looking forward to seeing you again next week. Continue reading

Hands-On Dinner tonight

Today the Hands-On team split into 3 groups – one group prepared the “rice bowl” dinner of organic broccoli, asparagus and tofu in a tamari ginger sauce with avocado and topped with black and white sesame seeds. This was on a bed of brown jasmine rice.

The second group prepared waffles and some delicious almonds/buckwheat cookies which we half dipped in carob-chocolate, yummy! One waffle variety was made with rice and quinoa, cashew butter and linseeds (quinoa being rich in protein) and the other variety was made with buckwheat, almond butter, linseeds and pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are for example rich in unsaturated fats, proteins and magnesium, but also contain iron and zinc. The linseeds contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and can be used in the combination with water as egg-replacement. The waffles were topped with a variety of sweet or savoury toppings, reaching from the two most popular choices from tonight: carob chocolate spread with sliced banana and some freeze-dried raspberries to anti-cranky spread with some fresh basil and sliced cherry tomatoes and some olive oil with infused lemon and fennel and some more options.

The third group of our Hands-On team tonight focused on getting some more carob chocolate bars ready, which they managed very well. We all had fun and were very busy serving the customers who came by. Have a nice evening! Continue reading

Happy-Cake Assessment

The MANUKURA girls were also assessed. They baked a “Happy Cake” – a vegan cake which is low in fat and high in protein, in fact the carbohydrates, fat and protein are well  balanced, which means you can enjoy it, knowing it will nourish your body! On top of this fact it is just very yummy and looks nice with all the colorful fruit on top.
The girls first baked the base, which is made with polenta. Then they cooked the filling containing soy milk, tofu (being rich in protein), almonds and agave syrup, some vanilla and orange zest. On top of the cream we placed a layer of some nicely arranged fruit. This is set with a jelly made of organic apple juice and agar agar (a seaweed).
The girls focused very much, but at the same time had a lot of fun too. They were efficient and worked in a very tidy manner. we had some brilliant and “happy” cake results! 🙂 The girls also described their work in a written part. Ka pai girls! Continue reading

Cheesecake Assessment

Today and last Tuesday the MANUKURA boys were assessed in their cheesecake baking skills. In addition, they did a written part, describing the process of making the cheese cake which included considering health and safety issues, conducting tests along the way to ensure a quality outcome and being very accurate. The boys showed what they had learned the last few weeks and made a selection of strawberry-, mango-passion and peanut butter cheesecakes and we had some very good results for our cabinet. Everybody was very busy… Well done boys! Continue reading

Learning about Rubbish? :-D  

This morning the students continued learning about food safety and hygiene. We spoke about how to dispose of rubbish in a safe way and how to prevent AND eliminate pests. We then got practical – we took all the rubbish to the rubbish bins outside, dealt with it as we had just learnt, and rinsed the bins. After that we went on a pest hunt! Good news is we didn’t find any 😊 Not even signs pointing to them. Then we thought about what we would have done if we had found some and how to prevent pests in a commercial kitchen. For this the students went around with a camera, photographing different methods pest prevention. Everyone did a great job! After that we became the “waffle demo team” – that was fun. We baked gluten free, dairy free waffles, made from buckwheat and millet. Some of us made the waffles and others had a great time offering tasters to the customers out on the street! We also gave recipes to take home and nutrition information about the GF grains millet and buckwheat we had used. Continue reading

Waffles with Raspberry-Chia-Jam – Yum!

Today the MCHS students cooked a delicious raspberry-chia jam and baked gluten free waffles. For this we used buckwheat, millet and cashew butter. Ground linseeds mixed with some water were taken as egg replacement. The grain we milled fresh in our mill. We also looked into the mill to the stones in order to understand how it works. As a yummy topping we cooked raspberry-chia jam. The chia seeds gave the jam a nice and thick texture. After cleaning up our work space we all sat down and enjoyed the food together. The students were keen on sharing the results of the afternoon with their teachers. Continue reading