Last week I started my first Indian cooking class. Scott thinks I need to be honest, and say I did not take a class, but attended a class, as I didn't really cook. I did measure out some ingredients, encourage others, drink some wine, take plenty of pictures, and of course, ate!
Swarn is a great teacher. She had all the ingredients laid out for us, to make searching through her huge pantry, an easy task.
This week's menu was Nan. We made plain ones, and some were stuffed with potatoes and chilli. We also made Murgh Cholay (Chicken with Chickpeas) and Simia Mirch Raita (Capsicum Raita).
Lara decided she would conquer the bread this week. She got her hands in there, kneading the dough, and even practised making the balls before rolling it out (Swarn showed us how to roll it into lovely circles.)
The raita was a lot of fun. Swarn explained how raita is used to cool the spices of the curry, yet somewhere along the line chillis are added, so how cooling is it really? The best part of Indian food is how pretty it all looks.
We made two batches of Murgh Cholay. Kate's allergic to garlic, so one was made without any. I never knew what to do with chickpeas. Asides from using it in hummus, what can you do with it? Throw in some spices, tomatoes and chicken, and let it simmer, and tahdah, you've got an awesome curry!
Add some chillis and coriander leaves, and check it out.
Interview your kids...what do they think Thanksgiving is for? What are they thankful for? etc.
I have one American student in my class, and he was absent this week. I was hoping to spend a little time with my class talking about Thanksgiving, even though I'm Canadian and ours was last month, but I didn't have time to do this.
Today, I told my students it was Thanksgiving in the US. I briefly told them what it was. Our school counselor is American, and she stopped by our classroom for a lesson, and told the children how it was Thanksgiving, and she was thankful to be able to come to our class and teach her lesson.
I thought it would be interesting to see what my Grade 3 students thought Thanksgiving means, and what they were thankful for. Here are some of their responses:
I think Thanksgiving means when you are thankful and happy with what you're given. I'm thankful for living in a house.
I think Thanksgiving means thanking people for bringing such nice, tasty and great food.
I think Thanksgiving means to give food to the people who have helped you this year. I'm thankful for taking care of my dog.
I think Thanksgiving means when someone who helped you every time, and on that day, at night, you take a turkey and go to that person's house and have a dinner with them.
I am thankful for my parents, sister and friends. I'd be lonely without them.
I really like this last one. Reminds me a little of one of the other prompts, one about writing a poem.But not really a poem. :)