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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!
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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

Dinner Rolls, Broccoli & Spinach Soup, Eggplant Lasagna

Last week the Hands-On Team had a go at baking mini dinner rolls which were served with some vegan “butter” and a delicious soup made from broccoli, spinach and parsley. Everyone really enjoyed baking the rolls – dividing the dough, learning to “close” the dough so the rolls rises into a nice shape without splitting, letting them rise and baking them in the deck ovens.

The rest of the team prepared broccoli and a vegetable stock base for the soup, along with broccoli florets for garnish and toasted dukkah to sprinkle over the top.

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Portobello Mushroom Night

The Hands-On Team kicked off term 2 with the fairly ambitious meal of “Portobello Mushroom Tempeh Burger” served with lemon rosemary “chips”. While many of the students had one of their best cooking nights with us, flat-out on the pans and all hands on deck in the prep, we felt the final meal did prove to be a bit too ambitious, so we will have another crack at it – capturing just as much flavour, but we’ll come up with a more realistic assembly procedure! We think it’s really important for the students to experience success on the plate every time. And while being busy is great, we also want it to be achievable for them!

A bit of knife practice was needed for successfully scoring the portobellos (without cutting right through) before rubbing them in vegan garlic “butter” prior to roasting. A delicious rub was made for the tempeh with smoked paprika, garlic and various seasonings. Organic red onions and capsicums were very finely diced – great knife skills team, then briefly pan fried before serving over the smashed avocado. Fresh locally grown spray-free spinach was wilted in the pan just prior to serving.

Preparing the plates was a lot of fun, quite a production-line of students involved! Pan fry the capsicum/red onion mixture, wilt the spinach, plate the roasted portobellos, fill one with smashed avo, top with capsicum/red onion mix, top that with lettuce then the roasted tempeh slice and drizzle with parsley oil, in the other portobello add the wilted spinach and fresh slices of tomato, lightly dusted with salt. Now add some hot lemon rosemary “chips” and voila, a tasty meal!

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Vegan ice-cream with 3 toppings was enjoyed for dessert – the students have become quite proficient at making and dispensing the ice-creams.

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